Ancient temples of Sukhothai & Satchanalai

If you like ruins and want to learn more about the history of Thailand then this is a great experience. Your first stop is Sukhothai Historical Park to visit the ruins of this first capital of Thailand (1257-1379). Sukhothai was the first truly independent Thai Kingdom which enjoyed a golden age under King Ramkhamhaeng, who is credited with creating the Thai alphabet. At the historical park visit important ruins of the Royal Palace and Buddhist temples including Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai's largest temple with a main Chedi in lotus-bud shape and a ruined viharn, Wat Sra Sri where a large viharn contains a stucco Buddha image and Wat Sri Chum, which is located north of Wat Mahathat and was originally surrounded by a moat. In the afternoon set off for Sri Satchanalai which was the northern outpost of the Kingdom of Sukhothai and was built by King Ramkamhaeng. Here you will see Wat Jedi Jet Thaew, which is one of the most beautiful temples in Sukhothai with chedis of different artistic styles and influences, and Wat Nang Phya, famous for its delicate stucco reliefs, and Wat Phra Sri Ratana Maha Dhat which stands on the site of the Khmer fort called "Chalieng". After the sightseeing head back to Sukhothai or drive north to Lampang to spend the night.

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