Sukhothai Attractions, Attractions in Sukhothai, what to do in Sukhothai, Sukhothai Sightseeing

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Attractions in Sukhothai
Historical Sites
Sukhothai Historical Park
Location : Sukhothai Historical Park, Amphoe Mueang
Sukhothai Historical Park
Sukhothai Historical Park
This is located 12 km from town on the Sukhothai-Tak Highway and can be reached by local bus or hired motored tricycle from town. The park also offers tram services as well as bicycles for rent to explore around its large area. Ruins of the royal palaces, Buddhist temples, the city gates, walls, moats, dams, ditches, ponds, canals, and the water dyke control system, which was the magical and spiritual centre of the kingdom, are now preserved and have been restored by the Fine Arts Department with the cooperation of UNESCO, not only with a view of fostering Thailand’s national identity but of safeguarding a fine example of mankind’s cultural heritage. More information

Opening Hours : Daily 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Si Satchanalai Historical Park
Location : Amphoe Si Satchanalai
Si Satchanalai Historical Park is located on the bank of the Yom River. The ancient town, formerly called Mueang Chaliang, was named Si Satchanalai during the reign of Phra Ruang when a new administrative centre was established to replace Chaliang. Ruins of 134 monuments have been discovered within the park. More information

Opening Hours : Daily 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.

Religious Sites
Phra Mae Ya Shrine
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Phra Mae Ya Shrine
Phra Mae Ya Shrine
Phra Mae Ya Shrine situated in front of the City Hall. Thanon Nikhon Kasem, by the Yom River, the shrine is highly respected by Sukhothai residents. It houses and idol of Phra Mae Ya, a stone figure with a long face, tapered chin, long halo, and dressed as an ancient queen. The idol is about 1 meter high and is supposed to have been built during King Ramkhamhaeng the Great’s reign as a dedication to his late mother Nang Sueang. In this connections, the word Phra Mae Ya or grandmother in Thai is literally a term of endearment since the local people regarded King Ramkhamhaeng the Great as their fathers. The statue was formerly housed in a rock shelter of Phra Mae Ya Mountain. The Sukhothai residents later relocated it to the present shrine situated in front of the City Hall. The shrine is also believed to house the spirit of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great. The Phra Mae Ya Fair is held annually in late February.
Luangpho Sila
Location : Amphoe Si Thung Saliam
This Buddha image was formerly enshrined at Tham Chao Ram, deep in the forest close to Amphoe Ban Dan Lan Hoi. It was relocated to Wat Thung Saliam during 1929 -1932. However, on 29 October, 1977, the Buddha image was stolen and sold in an auction in the U.K. Fortunately, it was found and later brought back to Wat Thung Saliam.
Wat Pipatmongkol
Location : Amphoe Si Thung Saliam
Wat Pipatmongkol is located in Thung Saliam district. This temple houses a golden Buddha image known as Phrabuddha Sukho Po Tong. Weighing 9 kilograms, this Buddha image, made in the "subduing Maravichai" (subduing the Evil), was molded by gold. This sculpture reflects the magnificence of the Sukhothai art.
Museums
Fish Museum
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Sangkhalok Museum
Sangkhalok Museum
This is located in the Rama IV Park on the Sukhothai - Phitsanulok route and can be reached by local bus from town. The museum displays a variety of fresh water fish mentioned in Thai literature.

Opening Hours : Daily from 09.00 am. - 05.00 pm. (Except Tuesdays)
Admission : Free

Sangkhalok Museum
Location : Amphoe Mueang
This small but comprehensive museum is an excellent introduction to ancient Sukhothai’s most famous product and export, its ceramics. It displays an impressive collection of original 700-year-old Thai pottery found in the area, plus some pieces traded from Vietnam, Burma and China. The 2nd floor features examples of non-utilitarian pottery made as art, including some beautiful and rare ceramic Buddha statues.

Opening Hours : Daily 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Admission : 250 baht for adults, youth (under 17 years) 50 baht, students in uniform 20 baht

Sathorn Golden Textile Museum
Location : Amphoe Khiri Mat
Sawankhaworanayok National Museum
Sawankhaworanayok National Museum
Ban Had Saew has long been known as a famous weaving village. Its people, mostly Tai Puan descendents, are believed to have migrated from Lao and settled down towards the end of King Rama II’s reign. With them came the hand-weaving household industry, a culture handed down through several generations. The woven textiles originally were only for household use, but once gaining the interest of other people elsewhere it has since then become a flourishing trade - as one can see along the highways, with over 10 shops selling the locally woven materials.

The Sathorn Shop on the Sawankalok-Srisajchanalai highway also houses the “Sathorn Golden Textile Museum,” owned by Khun Sathorn Sorajprasobsanti, well-known among collectors of old fabrics. This museum was manifestation of Khun Sathorn’s appreciation of the value of old woven textiles - dated back to the time he had been a broker of old-fashioned fabrics. The appreciation also meant an awareness that those rare handmade textile pieces, formerly not much appreciated by the local Had Saew people including himself, were much sought after by outsiders, academicians, and collectors. So unless the rare pieces had been saved, soon they would have vanished, or would have been sold out, because even ornate “teen jok” pieces were selling very well. The collection thus started was continued until Khun Sathorn was able to put it in a museum, which was opened in 1988.

Opening Hours : Daily from 09.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Admission : Free
Contact : Tel. 0 5567 1143, 0 1042 7542
Hotels: Hotels in Sukhothai Area
Sawankhaworanayok National Museum
Location : Amphoe Sawankhalok
The Sawanworanayok National Museum is one of the provincial museums in Sukhothai Province under the fine Arts Department. It is located on the west bank of the River Yom in Sawankhalok District. This museum was established in 1971 and the inauguration on March 15,1984 was presided over by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The mandate of the museum is to collect and display art and archaeological objects found during excavations and restorations of monuments in the ancient cities of Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai area and the collections which were offered by Phra Sawanworanayok, the former abbot of Wat Sawankharam and the Supreme - Monk of Sukhothai to the Fine Arts Department for the establishment of the National Museum within the compound of Wat.

Opening Hours : Daily 08.30 am. – 04.00 pm. (Except Mondays, Tuesdays, and public holidays)
Admission : Thai Baht 10 foreigners 30 baht
Contact : Tel. 0 5564 1571

Public Parks
Suan Luang Phra Ruang Honor
Location : Amphoe Sawankhalok
Suan Luang Phra Ruang Honor
Suan Luang Phra Ruang Honor
Located Moo 9, Tambon Pa Kum island Originally used as a pond, a large public. Currently has a total area of 830 rai is divided into the ground water 645 185 rai rai nature of this section is an island surrounded by water views are. For the rest Within the sights of interest include the ancient wooden bridge. The cross-island field bath mother spool length is 300 meters at the traffic circle, worship Buddha image Phra Ruang Ruang. The entrance island Tung mother spool. Worship Maha Bodhisattva Kuan Yin. Pu and worship faucet The Administration Organization Office Pa Kum island Sala Rim of leisure accommodation. Scenic views around the island. And a study visit to several sources, such as the integrated agricultural projects such as poultry farming, gardening equipment museum a collection of peasant farmers show the ancient lifestyle of farmers to convert Sukhothai demonstration herb garden. Nursery seedlings.

Contact : Tel. 0 5564 2100

Natural Attractions
Herbs
Location : Ramkhamhaeng National Park, Amphoe Khiri Mat
Khao Luang Mountain
Khao Luang Mountain
There are hundreds of herbs in the national park such as prickly leaved elephants’ foot, hosta, cinnamon, Schefflera leucantha Vig, Stephania rotunda Lour, Siamese cardamom, Ziziphus attopensis Pierre etc.
Hin Lang Waterfall
Location : Ramkhamhaeng National Park, Amphoe Khiri Mat
Located southeast of the Ramkhamhaeng National Park. About 2 kilometers away from the park headquarters. A small waterfall and a stone with water flowing down into the water in some seasons.
Khao Luang Mountain
Location : Ramkhamhaeng National Park, Amphoe Khiri Mat
It’s the highest mountain located on the south of Sukothai town. The shape of the mountain can be described as a lady laying with her hair loosing, with her face lingered by the mist. Attractively, the mountain consisted of four summits which are Narai, Phu Ga, Jedi, and Mae Ya. All of them are covered with beautiful natural grassland. The highest summits are Jedi and Mae Ya, 1,200 meters above average sea level.
Lam Kaew Waterfall
Location : Ramkhamhaeng National Park, Amphoe Khiri Mat
Sai Rung Waterfall
Sai Rung Waterfall
Located in the area Ramkhamhaeng National Park. A waterfall with water flowing through the clear water surrounded by natural beauty of the evergreen and deciduous forest which is periodically inserted. There are many large rocks. The atmosphere is quiet, cool and shady privacy.
Natural Grass Field
Location : Ramkhamhaeng National Park, Amphoe Khiri Mat
On the top of the mountain lays the natural grass field about 3,000 Rais or 4.8 squares kilometres. Some plants are herb. And in Kwan Sai Ngam Garden has a very big banyan tree spreading its branches widely and beautifully suitable for stopping by during going to the top of Khao Luang Mountain.
Phra Mae Ya Cave
Location : Ramkhamhaeng National Park, Amphoe Khiri Mat
The cave used to house a statue of Phra Mae Ya which is now in the Phra Mae Ya shrine in the town hall compound.
Sai Rung Waterfall
Location : Ramkhamhaeng National Park, Amphoe Khiri Mat
This waterfall originates from water flowing down from the high country of the Khao Luang range. There is a section of this waterfall where water pours down a cliff that is approximately 100 meters high.
Chao Ram Cave or Khang Khao Cave
Location : Si Satchanalai National Park, Amphoe Si Satchanalai
Thara Wasan Cave
Thara Wasan Cave
This is a very beautiful cave which thousands of bat living inside, located 20 km. away from park headquarters. Chao Ram Cave is located in Si Satchanalai National Park near Wang Thakian Wildlife Sanctuary office, Mae Mok – Mae Lamphun National Park, Moo 15 in Wang Nam Kao sub district. It is 15 kilometers far from Ban Dan Lan Hoi district in north. This cave is previously housed Luang Phor Sila, an image of crowned Buddha under Naga, and later transported to Thung Saliam district.
Huai Sai Khao Waterfall
Location : Si Satchanalai National Park, Amphoe Si Satchanalai
This beautiful waterfall originated from Sai Khao stream is composed of 7 cascades in the surroundings of lofty mountains and peaceful shading trees. It’s 3 km far from park headquarters.
Pong Nam Dueat
Location : Si Satchanalai National Park, Amphoe Si Satchanalai
This hot spring is located 500 meters away from Pa Kha Village. The water here is so clear and clean and looks like boiling water evaporated of rotten egg gas. Unfortunately, the beautiful scenery of this hot spring was damaged by mineral business, only warm water left in the winter.
Tat Duean Waterfall
Location : Si Satchanalai National Park, Amphoe Si Satchanalai
It’s 10 meters height waterfall which the water flows windingly downward to the deep reservoir. It’s good for swimming and not far from the park office (500 meters).
Thara Wasan Cave
Location : Si Satchanalai National Park, Amphoe Si Satchanalai
This cave is surrounded with abundant of flora and fauna; for instance, Dracaena Lourieri Gagnep., serow, etc. Inside the cave is beautiful with stalactites. It is just 1.5 km away from park headquarters.
Other Attractions
Ban Thung Luang
Location : Amphoe Khiri Mat
Celadon Kiln Site Study and Conservation Centre
Celadon Kiln Site Study and Conservation Centre
Ban Thung Luang, in Khiri Mat District, Sukhothai Province, is renowned as the source of unglazed earthenware known for its unique beauty, quality and durability. His Royal Highness Prince Naris in his memoir on a visit to the Circle of Phitsanulok in 1901 sain, “ On the 18th, early in the morning, Phraya Sukhothai came with 3 “Kran” pots, finely made in the folk way. They made such pots at Ban Thung Luang, to the south of western Sukhothai. Even large “Kaphung” pots, about 2 feet high, are made there too. The “Kran” pots as mentioned are ancient water jars specifically made and keep water cool better than other earthen containers. This old document indicated the fact that Ban Thung Luang had been famous handicraft community for over a century. Visitors here would be amazed at finding pots of various forms shaped by the young and old under their houses here as local wisdom inherited and continued over the century.

Contact : Tel. 0 5569 3451

Celadon Kiln Site Study and Conservation Centre
Location : Amphoe Si Satchanalai
This is located at Ban Ko Noi, some 4 kilometres to the north of Si Satchanalai. More than 500 kilns have been excavated up to now. Numerous celadon wares in perfect condition as well as pot have been discovered. The kiln is oval in shape with a curved roof and is 7-8 metres wide. The centre consists of 2 buildings situated on the kiln site area with 2 kilns No.42 and 61 exhibited on site. There are also exhibitions on artifacts and on the evolution of ancient ceramic wares.

How to get there : drive for 6.5 kilometres to the north of Si Satchanalai Historical Park to Ban Ko Noi where the remains of ancient kilns can be seen scattered around. The centre is also accessible by the provincial highway No.1201 from Amphur Si Satchanalai, a distance of 7 kilometres with the buildings located on the left.

Opening Hours : 09.00 am. – 12.00 pm. and 01.00 pm. – 04.00 pm.
Admission : Thai Baht 10 foreigners 20 baht