Top 15 Tourist Spots and Best Things to do in Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai served as Thai capital in the 13th century, during which time it was the first Thai independent kingdom. The name Sukhothai translate literarily to ‘Dawn of Happiness’, therefore it means that the period of Sukhothai is considered in Thailand’s history as a “golden age.” The period of Sukhothai also has significance in the development of education in Thailand as it was the period – under King Ramkhamhaeng – that alphabet was created.

Best Things to Do in Sukhothai, Thailand
Best Things to Do in Sukhothai, Thailand

Today Sukhothai and the surrounding region are designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visitors from all over the world flock this area to see this once majestic city. Due to its position on the tourist map, Sukhothai can easily be accessed by plane, train, and bus.


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Below are 15 best things to do in Sukhothai Thailand

Take a tour of Sukhothai Old City

Sukhothai Historical Park
Sukhothai Historical Park

Sukhothai, being a UNESCO World Heritage site symbolizes Thailand’s storied and vibrant past. About 200 temples in Sukhothai were unearthed and then partly reconstructed so that visitors can have a glimpse of what the early capital of Thailand might have been. Sukhothai used to be a cradle of Thailand’s culture. You will find the remnants of religious and artistic works of the past.

Visit Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Historical Park
Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Historical Park

Wat Mahathat is among the oldest and most important wat in Thailand and it sits on an area of about 4 ha, with 185 chedis surrounding it as well as six different-sized wiharns, eleven sales, and a bot. You will be marveled by the main chedi, an imposing towering structure at the heart of the site, featuring a wiharn and a bot. Wat Mahathat was built purely in Sukhothai style, with the top being crowned by lotus bud tip, while the middle section looking like Khmer prangs, and the raised square base decorated by a parade of 40-figure-1-meter-high worshipers.

Visit Wat Traphang Ngoen

Wat Traphang Ngoen by Hartmann Linge via Wikipedia CC
Wat Traphang Ngoen by Hartmann Linge via Wikipedia CC

The exemplary chedi of Wat Traphang Ngoen lies on an island on Traphang Ngoen Lake (Silver Lake). The Wat features elegant columns from larger wiharn. You can enjoy the view of the mountainous range at the background, which holds the magnificent statues of Buddha.

Visit the Ramkhamhaeng Museum

Ramkhamhaeng National Museum
Ramkhamhaeng National Museum

The museum was opened in 1964 and it has numerous findings from old Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, and Si Satchanalai (the empire’s three capitals). The museum offers an impressive overview of the circle of development of Sukhothai, from the ancient times of Khmer to Ayutthaya. What you should note is the type of Buddha you will find at this museum. First is the stepping Buddha, then there is also the seated Buddha on the ground floor and another seated Buddha on the upper floor.

Try Si Satchanalai National Park

Si Satchanalai National Park
Si Satchanalai National Park By KaveeH – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Pay a visit to this marvelous park, as a break from the history of Sukhothai City. The park has three main temples; Wat Phra Mahathat, Wat Chang Lom, and lastly Wat Chedi Jet Taew. Visit this park to have a clearer picture of how this region was once a flourishing area and Thailand early kingdoms.

Learn your way through Celadon Kiln Site and Study Center

At this study center, you will come across some highlights about ancient craftsmanship as well as production. Also, 500 oval shaped limestone kilns were discovered on this site. You will come across the ancient celadon pots as well as other goods which are still in good condition. Enjoy the excavated pieces in this site, or take in a wonderful exhibition of other ancient finds as you learn crafting skills at the Study Center.

Go to Wat Phra Bat Noi

Wat Phra Bat Noi by Hartmann Linge via Wikipedia CC
Wat Phra Bat Noi by Hartmann Linge via Wikipedia CC

Wat Phra Bat Noi means Wat to Buddha’s footprint in Thai, and it is also an interesting site, with its strange chedi, which symbolizes a marsh up of Khmer and Thai styles. The lower section of the Wat Phra Bat Noi is charmingly decorated with mostly Hindu motifs. The central part, which sits on a square base contains a slot on each side with a smaller Buddha.

Hike to Wat Saphan Hin

Wat Saphan Hin photo by Supanut Arunoprayote via Wikimedia Commons
Wat Saphan Hin photo by Supanut Arunoprayote via Wikimedia Commons

Wat Saphan Hin is located atop a hill at the brink of Yom plain. The summit offers a magnificent view of the alpine range as well as Si Satchanalai. While you are here, you can visit also the “temple of the stone bridge,” where the Thot-Kathin festival celebrated during the King Ramkhamhaeng tenure. You will also find an imposing 12.5-meter high sculpture of a protective Buddha. It is believed that the Buddha offers protection to the surrounding community leading to it being highly revered.

Pad Thai by lli O via unsplash
Pad Thai by lli O via unsplash

Have a Thai dish at JayHae, Poo, or Tapui restaurants

JayHae is a famous restaurant in this region, and for you to have an authentic Sukhothai experience try the Sukhothai noodles as well as Pad Thai at this restaurant. You can also accompany your meals with Belgian beers at Poo restaurant at an affordable price.

Street Food Vendor in Sukhothai
Street Food Vendor in Sukhothai

Shop at Sukhothai Saturday Night Market

Saturday evenings in Sukhothai is the most vibrant of all days. The crowd from all corner of the city gathers at dusk at Sukhothai Night Market. The atmosphere is usually great in this area, and you can shop for Thai food ingredients at an affordable price. It is also unsurprising to find this market space turned into a dance floor or a public concert space on Saturday nights.

Visit Si Satchanalai National Park

Wat Chang Lom, Si Satchanalai Historical Park
Wat Chang Lom, Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Si Satchanalai is considered by many to be the second center of the ancient Sukhothai Kingdom and was established early in the 1250s. The park features the relics of the antiquated 13th-century town of Si Satchanalai. Additionally, the park is located on Yom waterway, surrounded by the range of forest, where numerous temples have been reconstructed to their distinctive eminence. Si Satchanalai features a wide variety of Buddha structures, temples as well as ancient structures.

Visit Wat Sa Si

Wat Sa Si by Rennboot via Wikipedia CC
Wat Sa Si by Rennboot via Wikipedia CC

This ancient temple is located at the northern side of Wat Mahathat and is set in the heart of Tra Phang Tra Kuan pond. The temple has an amazing surrounding which features lotus flowers. The location of Wat Sa Si places it among most popular tributes in the Sukhothai Historical Park.

Visit Sukhothai Historical Park

Sukhothai Historical Park
Sukhothai Historical Park

The park contains the ruins of Sukhothai from the 13th century. Additionally, there are four lakes inside old dividers, with seventy destinations in a 5 kilometers span.

Go to Wat Chetuphon

Wat Chetuphon by Hartmann Linge via Wikipedia CC
Wat Chetuphon by Hartmann Linge via Wikipedia CC

Wat Chetuphon symbolizes the classic Sukhothai style of architecture, featuring a stepping Buddha – a well preserved Buddha, a sitting Buddha, a reclining Buddha, and a standing Buddha.

Try the sightseeing that is Wat Si Chum

Wat Si Chum
Wat Si Chum

Wat Si Chum has an impressively huge, windowless, cuboid building standing on a pedestal. Inside this structure, you will find a 15-meter statue of Buddha.

Sukhothai Tour Packages You Should Try

Let us know if you have other interesting things to do in Sukhothai that you want us to include in this list. Safe Travels!

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