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Thailand, Sukhothai – Ancient Ruins of the First Thai Capital of the First Thai Empire – VIDEO

Published: 12.2.2019
Approximately 400 kilometers north of Bangkok, you will find the once powerful and fabulous but long-deserted city of Sukhothai. In the 13th and 14th centuries it served as the center of the first major empire on the territory of today's Thailand and Laos. Even though it has been abandoned for more than 200 years, it still breathes old glory and is definitely something to admire. Let's take a look at it together.

On an area of about 70 square kilometers you will find 193 ruins of different sizes and types. From palaces and temples to royal houses. If you do not have much time, you can see almost all the most interesting places inside the walls of the former fortifications in the very center of the city, which form a rectangle of approximately 2 × 1.6 kilometers. This part, together with several smaller areas, is protected by the UNESCO World Heritage.

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The most ancient monuments include the ruins of the Wat Mahathat temple, built between 1292 and 1347. From the large buildings, the wheel of time change Wat Mahathat not that much and you can still admire its generous architecture.

Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat   Wat Mahathat

Very important, of course, was the vast royal palace of Noen Prasat, which stood on a square base measuring 200 × 200 meters. In the 19th century, Mongkut monk discovered, among other things, Ramkhamhaeng's stele, which some historians consider to be the basis of contemporary Thai scriptures.

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As I have already mentioned, more or less preserved interesting temples, palaces and other buildings you find in Sukhothai dozens. For most of them you can read their history, all the information boards are in Thai and English, most important in other languages. You can either go out on foot or enjoy a bicycle for a few small ones, which makes it possible for some sights outside the main fortifications. At least Wat Si Chum with the enormous statue of a sitting Buddha is worth it.

Wat Traphang Thong Lang

Sukhothai is the easiest to reach by bus from Bangkok, the journey takes 5 to 7 hours. Just be careful, the current city of Sukhothai lies a few miles eastwards, and the old medieval city needs a taxi or grease-fat. You can also get to Phitsanulok by train, or take the bus 1 to 2 hours. You will live in both the historic part and the city today.

Opposite the city of Ayutthaya, which after Sukhothai took over the role of the capital of the kingdom, you will meet a lot less tourists and you can easily discover the surroundings to spend a few days. One of the extras you can spend in the beautiful countryside of the Ramkhamhaeng National Park.

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Text, photos, and video: Matouš Vinš

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