The Beauty of Sukhothai Thailand in the Morning
I always plan visits to important historic or archaeological sights early in the morning or late in the afternoon. I’m a photographer and this is when you find the best light. But I also do it for another reason. It’s much quieter first thing in the morning. I practically had Sukhothai to myself at 6:30 am.
Sukhothai was the Thai capital back in the mid-13th century to the late 14th century. This period is often viewed as the Golden age of Thai civilization. The religious art and architecture of the associated sights here are considered the most classic of Thai styles.
The remains of the Sukhothai (Dawn of Happiness) Kingdom stretch across an enormous site, approximately 45 sq km of scattered partially rebuilt ruins. The Sukhothai Historical Park is broken up into five different sections and I only scratched the surface of the whole area. In visiting early and late in the day, I avoided the heat and strong sun of the afternoon and enjoyed the warm, glowing sun on the monuments.
Today the remains of ancient Sukhothai are few compared to what once was. Visitors enjoy wandering past giant stupas and graceful Buddhas and some Khmer-style temples. The Central Historical Park is the most manicured and has been mostly restored. This is located within walking (or at least cycling) distance to the few hotels and guesthouses in town. The northern and western historical parks can be reached by bicycle and the others beyond, by motorbike. The other sites have a wild, more overgrown feeling to them.
Sukhothai is located in north-central Thailand. It is included on our Experience Ancient Kingdoms of Thailand trip.
Sukhothai Historical Park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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