The main reason to go is the historical park and surrounding historical areas. All of the restaurants serve pretty much the same things but the menu encompasses a lot of different kinds of food and the food quality was excellent wherever we ate.
The tuktuk drivers charge standard fees around town, 50 bhat from one end to the other. No one tried to rip us off, the town was friendly to tourists.
- Watching sunrise at Wat Saphan Hin is a must. - though you may finish the sightseeing at main Wats in 2 days, I would recommend stay longer as to visit the historical park at least twice, once in morning and another in evening.
Each Wat looks and gives different feelings at different time. - don't forget to watch the flag-up and flag-down ceremony in front of market at 8am and 6pm respectively everyday.
The new city was not very impressive until we went on a bike tour of the countryside. The tour was great! We saw rice patties, sweet little villages, frog farms, the river, beautiful shrines and temples, mushroom farms etc.
I highly recommend seeing the town by a guided bike tour. There are 2 local companies in town that run tours.
Peaceful village. Great to visit the historical park of the old city, see the ruins. Lovely to walk around or as there is a large area to cover can hire bicycles from the many places close to the ruins.
many restaurants along the main road near the park and local transport available. well worth the visit
It's a very local, average mid-sized city that does not depend of tourists for its livelihood. There are few restaurants and large hotels; mostly there are guest houses.
People are very friendly, and don't speak much English so communication is hard.
Whoever wishes to visit Sukhothai must be mentally prepared that it is not a Pattaya or Phuket. What you are going to face is the deep history of Thailand in their best.
In fact most of the remaining relics you are going to see are at least 700 years old. The two must-visit sites are the Sukhothai and Sisatchanalai Historical Parks.
Good to visit for historical reasons, i.e., sightseeing and learning about Thai history. Town is difficult to get around unless one has one' sown mean of transport!
I booked to stay in Sukhothai new town as I read that there wasn't much happening in the old town at night, well there isn't much happening in the new town either.
.. The food choices were poor, a lot of the food was bland or overpriced compared to other destinations in Thailand. I really enjoyed walking through the Central Historical Park section, I also went through the North Section as well but found the Central area more impressive. There is an area to the south of the historical park that has some ruins which are free to look over, best reached by bike or by a moped. I quite liked these as there were no tourists there and you were free to roam about on your own.
At least when you arrive Sukothai you have to visit historical park. If you are a culture or history lover you can extend your stay to visit Srisachnalai distric.
In my opinion Sukhotai is a bit more interesting than Ayuthaya. If you want to save your money visiting it's historical park, go there before dawn of after dusk.
You can rent a (heavy ancient) bicycle for about 30 bath for a whole day.
Great place to step back in time and history. The ancient city is amazing and well worth the trip.Amazing place to take pictures and walk around, very peaceful.
The city is a good deal of fun... even outside the 'Old Town'. There are too many things that you can do to list herein, but explore it all and enjoy!
We loved the old city and would recommend that you rent bikes if possible and tour the ruins. Better to stay near the old city instead of the new.
The great time to visit Sukhothai is in November when its Loy kratong festival! You can see the beautiful decoration and shows at Historic Park.
Besides the park you can try treditional noodle called "Sukhothai Tom Yum noodle"
This is a historical site where the buildings share similarity with Ayudhaya. But I prefer this place as it's smaller and easier to go around.
Besides the buildings in the old city, I strongly recommend buildings on the hills near by the old city.
Opposite the main gate to the historical park, on the corner, there is a great little cafe. Doesnt look like much but worth a stop in.
Full breakfast was less than a cup of coffee at Stabucks and the coffee was somewhat better.
OLD TOWN, WHERE HISTORIC PARK IS SITUATED IS SUPER. NEW TOWN NOT VERY INTERESTING & MUCH LIKE MOST OTHER UP-COUNTRY TOWNS IN THAILAND
Its very hot in the afternoon so best to tour the heritage site in the morning and be back in your rooom in the afternoon.
The west part does not attract tour groups so its great to enjoy the place in peace.
Just one year, cannot wait to be back..I spent 5 days for my 2nd trip to Sukhothai, very nice and I would return for sure.
A small city with typically basic Thai small food mall eating. No nightlife other than a bar/restaurant with live music.
It is 12 kms from the historical sites.
สุโขทัยยังคงมีความเป็นไทยค่อนข้างมากกว่าหลายที่ และมีการเปลี่ยนแปลงความเป็นอยู่ของผู้คนน้อย แหล่งเริงรมย์เข้าถึงน้อย
Only visit Sukhotai for the Old City Ruins, which you can cover in a day. There isnt much else to do in the city.
Sukhothai city itself is a bit of a distance from the Old City of Sukhothai where the Historical Park is located.
If you are interested in the World Heritage site, it will be more convenient to stay in Old City by the Historical Park.
Main city itself is very quiet and quaint, key attractions are the historical park and the areas surrounding it
I mainly stayed in old city which is surrounded by temples. It is so tranquil and not many cars and peoples.
People are so friendly. It is very easy to sight seeing on foot or by bike. It is very good experience. It is a bit hot in the afternoon. So, I suggest to take a rest in hotel/guest house to enjoy the sun bathing. It is easy to take shuttle bus to visit new city which has more delicious food. It is also easy to get bus to Chang Mei and Bangkok. The first class bus is comfortable and with good price.
Iy you love the Buddha or Buddism this is the place to be, take your time Specially during sunrise en sunset
need to have transport in order to access all the sites and probably best to have a thai speaking guide.
great bike riding
I did not visit Old Sukothia town centre, but he new town is very pleasant, friendly, and not congested.
The airport operated by Bangkok Air is delightful.
the new Sukhothai city is charmless you are best to saty in old Sukhothai close to the historical park