A Timely Visit to an Ancient Royal Capital
I went to Sukhothai Historical Park while the wake of the King was still ongoing, hence I was fortunate enough to have visited the sections without having to pay the entrance fees. Sukhothai stands as a more presentable ancient capital — albeit being the older one — compared to Ayutthaya. Its beauty emanates from its well-preserved temples, as well as the landscaping that has been done within this seemingly compact park (e.g., healthy ponds, trees along the roads, effective signages, etc).
Highlights for me include Wat Saphan Hin, the temple on a hill which I had to arduously climb twice since I forgot something on top; Wat Si Sawai, the most obvious exponent of Khmer architecture influence; and Wat Phra Phai Luang, where I had the pleasure of enjoying the entire complex all to myself.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in visiting this site is the unexpected “ticking off” of Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, one of the associated towns known for its military and defensive importance, as the bus I took going back to Bangkok passed through this park. Sukhothai ranks as one of the most impressive, and best managed World Heritage Sites I have seen in the region. Bike seems the best way to explore it. Sukhothaihttps://www.gounesco.com/heritage/proof/timely-visit-ancient-royal-capital/https://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/13005817/DSC_1558-43-1024x683.jpghttps://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/13005817/DSC_1558-43-150x150.jpgBernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero,Sukhothai,travel,world heritage travel