My last stop on my tour of the old capitals of Thailand was Sukhothai. Ayutthaya was my current favourite, so let’s find out which city was my favourite.
Sukhothai was easy to get to. A direct bus leaves from Ayutthaya. Alternatively, it’s possible to get a train to Phitsanulok then a bus to Sukhothai.
Where to Stay
Most accommodation options are in New Sukhothai. I stayed in Garden House which was 200 baht per night for a single room. The room was basic and didn’t have a/c but the temperature was just about cool enough to sleep. The night market was a 5 minute walk away and had plenty of food options (although no mango sticky rice!) There were also a few bars close to my hostel but they all seemed pretty relaxed.
All of the ruins are in Old Sukhothai. A bus service runs between New and Old Sukhothai’s around every 30 minutes or for the reasonable price of 30 baht. The bus stops right outside the historical park. From there, it’s possible to hire a bike to cycle around the ruins. Entrance to the historical park is 100 baht. I decided to walk around which was a terrible idea because the temples are so far apart! I definitely recommend hiring a bike.
Sukhothai Historical Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an important part of Thai history.
Leaving is reasonably easy as there’s a number of buses leaving daily from the bus terminal. I intended to get the 2.30pm bus to Chiang Mai. There was another bus going to Chiang Mai at 3pm so I figured if I missed the earlier one I wouldn’t have long to wait. Annoyingly both buses were cancelled so I had to wait until 6pm for the next one, along with 8 other people.
How does Sukhothai compare to Ayutthaya and Lopburi?
- In Ayutthaya, the old temples are all around the city, making them very easy to see by bicycle.
- Ayutthaya has a boat cruise
- It’s very cheap to get to Ayutthaya on the train. Sukhothai doesn’t have a train station.
So there you have it! I visited 3 of Thailand’s oldest cities and Ayutthaya came out on top.
Do you agree? Did you have different experiences of Thailand’s old cities? Let me know in the comments!