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sukhothai in sepia
filtered ruins

Wat Mathatat

Wat Mahathat

Sukhothai Historical Park, a World Heritage Site located halfway between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, doesn’t have the awe-inspiring grandeur of Angkor Wat or convenient proximity of Ayutthaya, but neither does it have the slew of tourists that visit both those sites.  Instead, crumbling temples built in the 14th century rise out of the manicured lawns, blanketing the area in an aura of peace and serenity.  To change things up, we used a sepia filter on these pictures which brings out the subdued red-gray tone of the bricks.

Buddha in trees

Buddha among trees at Wat Traphang Tong

Wat Mahathat Buddha Buddha at Wat Mathatat
Serene Buddha at Sukhothai Buddha at Wat Mahathat

Buddha at Wat Mahathat

Elephants on post

Elephants on base of stupa

Buddha at Wat Mathatat Buddha feet at Sukhothai

Buddha feet at Wat Mahathat

Moldings at Sukhothai

Nagas and devas carved into stone

Wat Si Siwai at Sukhothai

Wat Si Siwai

Wat Si Chum Buddha Wat Si Chum Buddha hand
Wat Si Chum hand Wat Si Chum Buddha

Immense 15 meter (50 feet) tall Buddha at Wat Si Chum

Sukhothai from afar

Sukhothai Historical Park from afar

Details

We highly recommend a stay at Sila Resort/Phuaroon Resort (owned by the same family) in Sukhothai.  For 500 baht ($17 USD), we stayed in a stunning wood bungalow with air conditioning, a huge en-suite bathroom, and our own balcony.  We were within a two minute walk to the bus station and a five minute walk to the main city area.  The staff is friendly and helped us plan out our stay in Sukhothai.  The resort has free bikes or you can rent a motorbike for 200 baht.

At Sukhothai Historical Park, you either need a motorbike or bicycle to navigate around the various temples because they are spread out by a few kilometers and tuk-tuks are not permitted inside the park.   We chose the lazy man's option and decided to motorbike; as it turned out, it was a wise decision because by mid-day, the city reached a sweltering 95 degrees Fahrenheit and most of the bicyclists were turning around and heading back to avoid the heat.

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02/19/2010 10:06
It looks pretty awe-inspiring to me! :D
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02/19/2010 22:07
Beautiful pictures!! I agree that Sukhothai is probably a better option with less tourists.
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02/20/2010 09:50
You guys take the best pictures. I'm blown away.
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02/22/2010 00:22
Great sepia and post processing effects! The last photo almost looks like a faded painting.
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02/22/2010 23:16
You have captured this site beautifully in these photos. The Thai stupa has such a unique shape (which is inspired by predecessors in Sri Lanka and China) and is recognizable around the world. Thanks for sharing!
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02/24/2010 05:06
Thanks all! I feel all warm and cosy inside after reading these comments.
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02/24/2010 22:38
Eerie, awesome, and beautiful. Well done. I really like the style and clean layout of your site.
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03/02/2010 06:19
Thanks Keith!
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03/04/2010 09:13
Wow- your photos are amazing. That sure is a whole lot of Buddah.
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03/10/2010 09:51
Thanks Megan!
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03/25/2011 08:48
Sukhothai historical park is gorgeous. It's my favorite among the three related historical parks, including Khampang Phet and Sri Satchanali, although I love them all. With the beautiful moats surrounding the masterfully restored temples. Fantastic.
02/24/2012 02:29
Giulia Burato
hey! I just found out about your blog..I love it! Do you really travel around the world with your dogs? how?? for example did you take the dogs to these historical sites? I recently moved to thailand and I am keen to travel to many places but I do not want to leave my dog alone at home..
03/11/2012 17:07
Thank you so much Giulia! We do indeed travel with our dogs. We've been roadtripping across Europe for 7 months now and were traveling in the U.S. before that. When we go to visit major attractions that don't allow dogs, we normally leave the dogs at our hotel or vacation rental. They're really well-behaved so we don't ever worry too much about them as long as we head back home within 6 hours to let them out. One of the major problems is quarantine restrictions --- most countries require LOTS of paperwork. We spent almost 8 months getting the paperwork ready for Chewy and Abby to come to Europe. We have a website all about traveling with pets here: http://theroadunleashed.com

But, let me know if you have any questions and I'll be glad to help out!
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03/13/2012 09:59
your dogs are adorable and the blog is very interesting.. surely something unusual and very useful!! From your experience in Thailand, can dogs be taken to historical sites (for example Ayutthaya)? because you can see many street dogs in the buddha temples but actually thai people are not really dog friendly (for example 99% of the restaurants do not accept dogs).. where have you been in thailand with your dogs?
03/27/2012 09:34
Giulia: Thank you! Unfortunately, I don't know the answer to this question because we didn't take our dogs with us to Asia. We are only traveling with them in Europe and the States. If you do find out the answer, I'd love to know! Good luck!
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03/28/2012 07:36
oh okay, thanks anyway!
07/04/2012 23:45
Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing these.
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07/05/2012 07:13
Thanks Lawrence!
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11/27/2012 08:35
Seems that The Sukhothai has much popularity in Thailand. Last year I had visited the Sukhothai massage camp in India but now I got to know it's roots are from Thailand.
01/18/2013 07:43
awesome pics.. The Thai stupa has such a unique shape n size thanks for sharing... these unique pics
02/08/2013 07:41
Wonderful photos! I can't deny how Thailand is such a lovely site.Sukothai is just one of them.
03/09/2013 19:04
Great pictures ! Really. I also take a lot of pictures of Sukhothai but yours are really nice !
04/07/2013 07:02
sukothai is one of my favorite places in thailand because of this park... it makes me imagine what it was like to live during those ancient time when they started building this place...
08/10/2013 04:56
WOW Amazing images !! I like that place specially how Buddha sculpture are made ...Fabulous
08/12/2013 19:20
Thanks!
12/15/2013 06:07
Great capture. Thanks for sharing information about this ancient city, which I had never known earlier.

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