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Viewed by Thais as the cradle of the nation, Sukhothai was once the capital of a kingdom that stretched from Martaban, in present-day Myanmar, to Luang Prabang, in modern Laos. For two hundred years, the kings of Sukhothai reigned supreme over the region, dictating laws, ordering the construction of numerous structures, and trading with outside powers. Eventually, Sukhothai fell into a decline and was later absorbed by the kingdom of Ayutthaya.
Today, Sukhothai, which translates to "Dawn of Happiness", is a well-preserved ancient city, and one filled with temples, stupas, and intricate elephant carvings made in stone. Because of its state, Sukhothai was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, and the entire area was converted into a historical park. While Sukhothai is eclipsed by the fame of Cambodia's Angkor Wat and central Thailand's Ayutthaya, it is nonetheless a historic, culturally significant site that sees considerably fewer tourists than both the aforementioned cities.
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Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, Sukhothai Historical Park includes ruins of the royal palaces, Buddhist temples, the city gates, walls, moats, dams, ditches, ponds, canals, and the water dyke control system. The site was thoroughly restored by the Thai Fine Arts Department in conjunction with UNESCO. Meet with the head of the restoration project who will give you a private, guided tour of the site, and discuss the history of the area in greater depth.
Ramkhamhaeng National Museum
Meet a curator for a privately guided tour of the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum, which offers a comprehensive look at Thai ways of life during the Sukhothai period through the many sculptures and antiquities on display.
Navigate Thailand’s rich past on this luxurious 4-day tour. Bike between beautiful temples in the fresh mountain air in the North. Enjoy a hot beverage inside a preserved Moungngwezin House. Feel just as ancient royalty must have felt as you stay in the area’s most luxurious hotels and dine at the finest restaurants.
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Explore nearly 200 ancient ruins and 26 different stunning temples at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sukhothai. The adventure only begins there, continuing for 7 luxurious days through Thailand’s magical North. See the culture, history and natural beauty beyond Thailand’s beaches.
Modelled on a traditional Thai village, the Legendha Sukhothai is located near the heart of the old town and is adjacent to the beautiful Chedi Wat Chang Lom temple. This boutique resort boasts 62 fully-equipped rooms with classical teakwood furniture. Nham Khang restaurant offers classic Thai dishes in an authentic environment, and has a nightly traditional dance show. The resort also has an open-air saltwater swimming pool and spa.
Sukhothai Heritage Resort
Scenically situated amidst organic ricefields midway between the airport and the city, Sukhothai Heritage Resort is designed to blend seamlessly with Sukhothaiâ€™s ancient architecture and consists of 68 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, including luxurious Jacuzzi Suites. Traditional Thai fare is available at the Lotus Restaurant and Sala Sukhothai, while the Vanda Bar is the perfect place for a relaxing drink beside one of the resortâ€™s two swimming pools.
Opened in 2009, Sukhothai Treasure is a contemporary-style boutique resort located just outside the old city area of Sukhothai. Its 78 stylish rooms and suites come with an LCD TV, DVD player and free WiFi, and facilities on offer include a gym, library, spa and swimming pool, as well as a poolside bar and restaurant.