Translating to “the dawn of happiness”, Sukhothai is a small city famous for its ancient Sukhothai Kingdom ruins dating back to the 13th and 14th century. The new township sits on the Yom River, where local food markets and waterfront restaurants complement tranquil parks and fascinating museums.
Things to do in Sukhothai
Your first stop in Sukhothai should be at the Sukhothai Historical Park, where you can explore the 13th and 14th-century ruins of the Sukhothai Kingdom. Stroll through the park to witness ancient temples, a late-13th-century dam and the remains of Noen Prasat, the Sukhothai Kingdom’s royal palace. Save time for the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum, home to over 2,000 artefacts, including sculptures and porcelain.
Within the city centre you’ll find To Rung Market, which is perfect for picking up handcrafted clothing. The nearby Sukhothai Thani Municipal Food Market features numerous stalls selling local specialties, produce and treats. Afterwards, visit the waterfront Wat Ratcha Thanee Buddhist temple to admire its gilded window frames.
Looking for some local dining? Check out some of the restaurants along the Yom River, such as Pizza Tao Fuun, where you can dine on fresh seafood and enjoy local beer. Sitting slightly back from the water, Dream Café provides a relaxed ambience to complement its traditional Thai dishes.
Active travellers can take on the hiking trails within Ramkhamhaeng National Park, which reveal stunning native scenery and panoramic mountain and valley vistas. Rainbow Waterfall sits at the southern end of the national park, showcasing multiple tiers of cascading water.
Getting around Sukhothai
Sukhothai is easily reached by flying into Sukhothai Airport, about 40 minutes’ drive from the city centre. You can also catch express trains and long-distance buses from Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The downtown core can be explored on foot, while tuk-tuks, local buses and songthaews provide transport for attractions further afield.