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Sukhothai Historical Park

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Sukhothai Historical Park

Sukhothai Historical Park covers the ruins of Sukhothai, capital of the Sukhothai kingdom in the 13th and 14th centuries, in what is now the north of Thailand. It is located near the modern city of Sukhothai, capital of the province with the same name.

Sukhothai Historical Park offers a wondrous variety of viewing experiences whether on foot, on car or even tram. Beautifully landscaped and well maintained, the Park truly deserves its UNESCO World Heritage title. The first highlight is Wat Mahathat located in the centre of the town. The first stone inscription reveals that the temple was the heart of the ancient kingdom as well as the crowning glory of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great who defeated Khun Samchon of Chod, at a battle fought atop elephants at the tender age of nineteen. The king also adopted Hinayana Buddhism and eventually brought to the Sukhothai kingdom peace and glory. Apart from a visit to the archaeological sites at the Historical Park. a stop to savour the local fare of ‘Khanom Jeen-Kuayteaw Sukhothai Banna is another recommended activity. Located next to Pailin Hotel,Sukhothai Accommodation, the restaurant serves an array of ‘khanom jeen’ or rice noodles with five toppings  green curry, nam ngeaw (Northern style topping), namya kati (coconut milk topping), nam ya pa (coconut milk-free topping) and nam prik (chilli paste topping). Another must-have dish is ‘kuaytaewnam Sukhothai’ or Sukhothai noodle soup complimented by their top dessert of ‘lodchong puak nam kati’ (sweetened taro noodle with coconut milk). Sukhothai OTOP souvenir and handicraft products are available in front of the restaurant. Back in Sukhothai city centre, you can explore Si Satchanalai Historical Park by turning left at Klong Po intersection or return to the town to visit Sukhothai Bud¬dhist Park located in front of City Hall, in which a model of nine significant Buddha statues from the Sukhothai era were retrieved from other provinces and returned to their rightful place.

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