Sukhotai - Unesco World Heritage Site

Trip Start Jan 10, 2010
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Trip End Apr 16, 2010


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Got in Sukhothai after a very uneventful but looong 6 hours bus ride from Ayutthaya. Got lucky again with finding a room at a nice Guesthouse in the Old City and that is great cuz to visit the temples all we have to do is rent bikes and go. A lot of people stay in Sukhothai city and rent motorcycles or bicycles or simply take the tuk tuk every day to cover the 13Km distance to the Old City and the Temples.

2 days in Sukhothai we've done nothing but seeing all the temples and all the ruins of the temples that were there to see. It's actually nicer than Ayutthaya in this respect because there is very little development within the Old City walls and all there is to see is in one place, kinda gives you the feeling of how the city looked in its hay days some 300-400 hundred years ago.
Renting bicycles (30Bath/day) is the way to do it. Distances between temples are small and easy to cover by bike, its quiet and Eco friendly, you might laugh but pollution here is a serious problem, so every little bit counts.
I'm not going to write about the Temples and that kind of stuff, I will let the pictures tell the story instead. I will just mention that if the entry fee for the temples inside the city walls - 150 Bath - seems a little for all there is to see, don't worry, you'll be paying same amount for almost every area outside of the city walls (3 areas to be exact). Seems a little unfair but... you can buy an all zones pass for I believe 300 Bath if you are able to see everything in one day, some people do.
The Old Sukhothai as Ayutthaya is dead after sunset, nothing happens in the city, all you can really do is find a good restaurant and enjoy a long as long as possible diner, and that is easily achievable with the help of Singha beer large bottles (640 cl).  Good restaurants ... I don't know, the one we eat at (Coffee Cup Cafe) was OK. The food is average and in small portions, unless you order fried fish which was humongous, but the atmosphere was nice and they had internet in the back as well which helps with passing the time. They do have a really good coffee though, good, strong espresso based coffees that made me go back every time and I have to mention the delicious fruit and yogurt shakes.

Sukhothai was also the end of the line for my friend. Unfortunately her vacation days run out and each of us took a different bus me going west to Tak and Mae Sot, she back to Bangkok and from there to Romania carrying a humongous backpack full of souvenirs.
It was great traveling with a good friend. I enjoyed her company a lot and there are a lot of good memories to remember some quite hilarious like mistaking someone's bags with the garbage, the bike "accident" or the seat belts in the bus (I told her she must put on the seat belts in the bus and she totally bought it :) sorry Miha I just couldn't let that one pass :)). In the end I'm very happy that everything went well and Mihaela really enjoyed a very different vacation than she was used to. I've got a feeling she'll be back in Thailand and the region, backpacking, sonner than anybody expects... :)
But I'm on my own now and this changes few things but I hope to make friends along the way and knowing the kind of people are on these routes I'm very sure I'll be in good company more often than not.

What's going on in Vancouver, people? I hear the Olympics are canceled and anyone who wants can go to Whistler and take a gondola as a souvenir. In that case can anybody get one for me too? the gray one with the glass bottom, if it's not to much to ask...:):):)

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Peter on

Hi Tony,
Your report is like I am in Sukhotai.... Nice pictures and what about the Olympic Wintergames: they are changed from Vancouver to Quebec: here it is -20 and 1 meter snow!!! The Wintercarnaval is started!!!!
Have a nice time
Peter

Tomoczko on

Tony Tony Tony Tony!!
How're U doin'? :)
Looks like you are having an amazing time in Thailand! And I enjoy your witty writings and beautiful photos very much!
Be safe, and keep us posted!

It's been very very mild in Vancouver. No snow on Cypress. I can see the runs in brown colour from here. But the city is full of festivities. - street performers, art installations, music, party, etc. So far I'm indifferent, but wait till all the people/tourists start pouring in... I'll try my best to keep my sanity....

We miss you a lot!!
Big hugs,
tomo

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