Cheap Flights to Sukhothai
Approximately 270 miles north of Bangkok and surrounded by several lush national parks, the Thai city of Sukhothai is a gem that cannot be missing from any travel itinerary. The city is closely linked to Thai culture and history, since it was the Kingdom's capital for more than 100 years and was also the place where the Thai alphabet was first developed.
Although the new city is rather unremarkable, travellers come here to explore the charm and magnificence of Old Sukhotai: a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to nearly 200 temples and historical remains. One can only imagine how splendid the city must have been in its heyday, but even today the historical complex is a dream for photographers and anyone interested in Far Eastern culture.
The city's main attraction is the Historical Park complex, which is packed with extraordinary examples of ancient architecture, palaces and temples. But there's plenty to see and do beyond the park boundaries: national parks, artisan workshops, colourful parades and light and sound shows make Sukhothai a very special destination.
Things To Do
Ancient Buddhist temples, shops, markets and adventures on two wheels are some of the things that await travellers who make it to Thailand's former capital city, Sukhothai.
This can be done on your own or by arranging a guided tour. The complex is a vast area covering nearly 30 square miles, so it can take several days to explore it in detail although most visitors stick to the Central and North zones.
Renting a bicycle is the perfect way to explore the Historical Park and beyond. Just follow the main road towards the University and Ramkhamhaeng National Park to discover other temples, ruins and panoramic viewpoints along the way.
This city is a great place to shop for handicrafts and unique items such as colourful woven fabrics, ceramics, gold and silver jewellery, antiques and decorative items. These can be found either at the night market, at the cultural centre or at the artisan workshops spread all over the city.
Calendar Of Events
Sukhothai's calendar of events is inspired by Buddhist celebrations and offers unique insights into the local culture. The most interesting events include:
The Elephant Parade: A Buddhist celebration usually held in April near Hat Siao temple. This consists of a river crossing and a procession of elephants accompanied by newly ordained monks.
Mini Light and Sound Show: This takes place after sunset between April and September against the backdrop of the city's historical park. Here you can learn about Sukhothai's rich history and traditions in an eye-catching show that will keep visitors of all ages glued to the performance.
Loy Krathong: Celebrated on a full moon day (usually in November), this festival (also known as Candle Festival) has the Historical Park as its setting and features traditional dancing, the release into skies and waterways of sky lanterns and beautifully decorated krathongs: or handmade floral offerings.