Found in the 13th century, Sukhothai (literally means “Dawn of Happiness”) was the first truly independent Thai Kingdom, which enjoyed a golden age under King Ramkhamhaeng, credited with creating the Thai alphabet.
The province covers some 6,596 square kilometers and is divided into 9 Amphoes: Mueang Sukhothai, Ban Dan Lan Hoi, Khiri Mat, Kong Krailat, Si Satchanalai, Si Samrong Sawankhalok, Si Nakhon, Thung Saliam
Sukhothai Historical Park
The superb temples and monuments of this great city have been lovingly restored in Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see for all travelers. Sukhothai is located on the lower edge of the northern region, 427 kilometers north of Bangkok or some 298 kilometers south of Chiang Mai.
Address: Na Choeng Khiri, Khiri Mat District, Sukhothai 64160
Address: Ban Kaeng, Si Satchanalai District, Sukhothai 64130
Is a hilltop temple within the old town of Si Satchanalai. A laterite chedi in the centre, a large viharn or image hall in front and a small sanctuary behind all lie in ruins. Some laterite pillars and a damaged Buddha’s image constructed of laterite slabs and coated with mortar are seen.