A Detailed Guide To Sukhothai Historical Park, Thailand

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Known as the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam, Sukhothai is one of the most important historical sites in Southeast Asia.

We spent most of our time in this area exploring Sukhothai historical park, and below is our experience.

This article includes the following sections:

  • Information about the park
  • Places to stay in Sukhothai
  • How to get there
  • Entrance fee
  • Opening hours
  • Getting around Sukhothai
  • Things to see and do
  • What to pack for your trip

Sukhothai Thailand


About Sukhothai historical park

Sukhothai is located 427 kilometers north of Bangkok or about 298 kilometers south of Chiang Mai.

This former capital used to have royal palaces, numerous Buddhist temples, and ancient historic buildings, but now all are only ruins.

Abandoned for centuries, the splendid monuments of this former capital have been restored. And in July 1988, the park was officially put into operation.

On 12/12/1991, UNESCO recognized the Sukhothai Historical Park (Old Sukhothai) as a World Cultural Heritage site.

The area presents Siamese art in the early stages, symbolizing the creation of the first kingdom and preserving a series of works showing unique Thailand’s architectural features. 

Sukhothai or Ayutthaya Thailand


Places to stay in Sukhothai

Where to stay in Sukhothai?

As most famous attractions are located in Sukhothai’s old city, it’s best to stay in the old town.

We stayed at Old City Guest House and had a good experience. The guesthouse is right next to the historical park, so it took us 2 minutes to walk there. 

We had an air-conditioner room and free light breakfast every morning with bread, jam, and coffee/ tea.


How to get to Sukhothai historical park?

If you don’t stay in Sukhothai’s old city, you can take a tuk-tuk or songthaew to the park easily from the new town.

The fee is 30 baht, and the journey takes approximately 30 minutes (14 km).

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Sukhothai historical park’s entrance fee

The park is divided into five areas, and each has a separate entrance ticket. 

For foreigners, the entrance ticket is 100 baht per person. If you have a bicycle, add 10 baht more. The fee for a motorbike entering the park is 20 baht.

For Thai, the entrance ticket is 20 baht.


Sukhothai opening hours

Sukhothai historical park opens from 6 am to 6 pm on weekdays, and it opens till 8 pm on the weekend.


Getting around Sukhothai historical park

There are three main options to get around the park.

  • Walk
  • Go by electric car
  • Rent a bicycle

Where to rent bikes in Sukhothai park?

There are a few places opposite the park that you can rent bicycles.

We rented ours from K-shop, at it cost us 30 baht per day. The service starts at 7 am, and you can return your bicycle at 7 pm.

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Sukhothai historical park map

Sukhothai historical park map


Things to see in Sukhothai historical park

We visited different park areas on different days, and the most impressive one is the main park.

The main historical park has many wonderful sites: Wat Mai, Wat Mahathat, Wat Sa Si, Wat Si Sawai, and the King statue.

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At each visiting area’s entrance, there are photographs of the relics before reconstruction and design for visitors to learn about.

Although we could not see the monuments in Sukhothai built from the 13th to 14th centuries, the elaborately restored buildings were amazing.


Visit Sukhothai park at sunset

Seeing the ruins of Sukhothai historical park under the golden sunlight that remains of the day, we imagined what it could be like during the victorious days of the kingdom.

Inanimate pillars and mossy walls presented the splendid and magnificent beauty of this ancient city.


What to pack to Sukhothai historical park?

Although it has a little cafe, the park is large, so you should prepare water and snacks in advance. Also, wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and apply sun cream before visiting.

Please note that when visiting temples in Thailand, you should not wear shorts, short skirts. Also, shoulders and knees should be covered.