While searching for destinations to visit in Thailand, I often saw people asking, “Which city should I visit, Sukhothai or Ayutthaya?”
Both ancient cities are a must-go if you love historical parks. However, if you have a limited travel time, picking one can be a tough choice.
I’ve visited both Sukhothai and Ayutthaya on my recent trip to Thailand, and below is my comparison.
Five questions to decide between Sukhothai and Ayutthaya Thailand
Where is your base location?
Location is an important factor that will help you decide between Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.
If you are in Bangkok or Southern Thailand, Ayutthaya would be an ideal choice because the trip just takes 1 hour.
Ayutthaya can be an exciting day trip, or a semi-convenient overnight from Bangkok, Thailand.
If you’re in Chiang Mai or the North of Thailand, properly Sukhothai is a better choice for you. You can make your way down from the North, and visit Sukhothai within 5 hours bus ride.
How much time do you have?
Although you can explore both Historical parks in one day, I find Sukhothai Historical Park needs more time.
Sukhothai is extensive, and it has five different areas, so a day only may not be enough for your trip.
Ayutthaya, on the other hand, can be explored in one day.
Which one is cheaper?
I find Sukhothai is a cheaper option. Sukhothai parks are divided into five different areas, and each costs 100 Baht to visit.
On the other hand, each attraction in Ayutthaya requires certain payment. It may add up a lot if you’d like to visit all.
Furthermore, the travel cost in Sukhothai is slightly cheaper. Cheaper food, more affordable hotels, and resorts.
Which historical period are you interested in?
Thailand’s history is divided into stages: Sukhothai (1238-1438), Ayutthaya – absorbing the quintessence of Sukhothai culture, and flourished in more than 400 years from 1350-1767, Thon Bori ( 1767-1782) and Rattanakosin (1782 to present).
The ancient city of Ayutthaya, also known as Pra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, was the capital of Thailand for 417 years.
Ayutthaya and Sukhothai have different architecture and cultural attribution, so depending on your interest, you may choose to visit either of one.