Sukhothai National Park is a well preserved UNESCO heritage site. Sukhothai was the capital of the first kingdom of Siam established some 800 years ago. The exact year is unknown but according to the Fine Arts Office it was between 1238 and 1257. For 120 years as the capital of Siam, Sukhothai was ruled by many kings. In this connection, the most dynamic monarch being King Ramkhamhaeng the Great, who created the Thai alphabets, laid the foundation for politics, monarchy, and religion, as well as, expanded its boundary of influence. In 1378, the armies from Ayutthaya kingdom invaded and put Sukhothai under her territory.Sukhothai National Park Crossing the local market, a little bit of traffic, I hired a pretty-pink bi-cycle just near the park for 50 bhat. As soon as I entered the park my world changed drastically. The heart was puffed with fresh air and my legs felt strong to explore it all. It was clean, green and peaceful park and pollution free. The only vehicles I could see were the trams running which carry the tourists around the park. As I started exploring, there was no end to the beauty of it. The first sight of a large seated Buddha figure set amid the pillars of a now-ruined sala, and a central chedi flanked by two standing Buddha figures. This is the largest one and looks magical in the sunset. I stayed there longer to take pictures of the silhouettes of Buddha and I just couldn’t get enough. The best thing about exploring Sukhothai is, there wouldn’t be many tourists and it was such a relief after experiencing the Grand Palace in Bangkok. I sat near the Buddha and saw the park turning into orange light as the sun set behind. For a moment I felt this was probably the most peaceful place I have ever visited. There was a perfect view from outside the Chedi where I could see Budhha reflection on the water just like in Angkor Wat. I shouldn’t compare it with Angkor Wat but it was close enough.
Sukhothai is a walk into the interiors of the country. This place has very little development compared to the other parts of Thailand and poverty here is very evident. But, on the plus side, Sukhothai has a historic feel to it. The best place to visit here is the Sukhothai Historical Park. The first truly independent Siamese Kingdom, Sukhothai was founded in the mid-13th century. In 1991, the parks surrounding many ancient ruins become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sukhothai’s ruins are a sight to behold. They’re stunning and shocking, peaceful and disturbing, beautiful and decaying. As with most things in Thailand, the ruins of Sukhothai offer visitors a yin and yang that captures the heart. The various monuments in this park are fascinating and on the whole Sukhothai is a much different experience than Bangkok or Phuket.