Sukhothai (Thailand)

Sukhothai Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Andrea Schaffer

The cradle of Thai civilization


Sukhothai (สุโขทัย) is a small town with population of 37,000 in northern Thailand. It is famous for being located near the ruins of the ancient city of Sukhothai - meaning Rising of Happiness - which served as the capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom that existed in northern Thailand between the mid 13th and 15th centuries. The ancient city is considered to be the cradle of Thai civilization and is one of the major tourist attractions of Thailand as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The well maintained Sukhothai Historical Park lies about 12km (7.5 miles) outside of the new city with the same name. It is about 2km in length and 1km in width, making it a relatively large (though doable) area to explore on foot - its somewhat comparable to Versailles in France. Within the walls of the park there are 21 monuments and temples to explore, and the park is divided in central, north, south, east and west zones.

The central zone, with its 11 ruins is most impressive. The temple of Wat Mahathat was the spiritual core of the ancient kingdom and is most impressive. The rest of the park contains many more temples and monumental Buddhas, all surrounded by waterways and lakes. [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Sukhothai is a city in Thailand. It has a population of 37,000, is situated at an altitude of 171ft and the best airport to fly into is BKK (Suvarnabhumi International, Bangkok)
  • The currency used in Thailand is the Thai baht (THB)

Sukhothai Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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0.4 1.5 2.3 2.1 6.5 6.1 7 9.4 9.2 5.6 1.2 1

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