Later in the day we experienced "A Day in the Life" of a northern Thai community visiting a home and having a chat with the mistress of the household, and her ancient mother, and then visiting a school where young kindergartners danced for us and then an older group performed a traditional Thai dance while young musicians played in the background. It was a nice visit but having participated in these activities on other OAT tours, it gets a bit redundant.
We spent the night in Praea where there is nothing much to see.
The great highlight of this day was stopping at Sukhothai Historical Park which is in a beautiful, green park. It is Thailand's largest collection of historic ruins. This is the place where the Thai nation was born and became the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The kingdom itself only existed from 1238 to 1438AD. It was also considered as Thailand's magical and spiritual center. With its cache of remarkably preserved columns, shrines, temples and palaces, it epitomizes old Siam. It has a number of monument illustrating the beginnings of Thai architecture. The site comprises 193 ruins where is found the remains of the royal palace and twenty-six temples, the largest being Wat Mahathat. It was fun wandering around and walking along the very peaceful lake setting. It is really a stunning historical site to visit and one of the most interesting of its kind that we have seen in Thailand.