Sukhothai

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Introduction

Old Sukhothai

Old Sukhothai

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Sukhothai is a town in Central/Northern Thailand, located roughly between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The main attraction are the ruins about 12 kilometres west of the new town. Sukhothai was the capital of the Thai Empire for around 140 years. In 1991 Unesco placed the ancient ruins of Sukhothai on the Unesco World Heritage List.

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Sights and Activities

Ancient Ruins

The ancient ruins of Old Sukhothai, from the 13th to the 15th century capital of the Sukhothai kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site spread over a large area about 14 kilometres west of the town. Open from 6am to 6pm, best seen by bicycle in the morning before the tour buses arrive. Transportation to the sights can be arranged in town, or alternatively you can rent a bike and get there on your own.

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Getting There

By Bus

Several buses service go to Sukhothai from Bangkok (north bus station), as well as from other places. Minibuses also go to Mae Sot for Myanmar and buses go to Phitsanulok if you want to take the train from there (Bangkok to Chiang Mai).

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Large blue Songthaews (pickups with roof leaving when allmost full) go to the ruins of old Sukhothai from the city centre (Jarodvithi Thong road), purple small Songthaews to the bus terminal.

By Foot

Walking (15 minutes on a footpath) from the centre to the bus terminal is much shorter then by Songthaews.

By Bike

Some guesthouses have bicycles (sometimes included).

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Eat

There are streetfood stalls in the evening in the Jarodvithi Thong road. In the same street the Poo Restaurant has quite nice Thai food.

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Sleep

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are countless internet bars across the country in big and small towns. Internet caf├ęs are widespread and most are inexpensive. Prices as low as 15 baht/hour are commonplace, and speed of connection is generally reasonable, but many cafes close at midnight. Higher prices prevail in major package-tourist destinations (60 baht/hour is typical, 120 baht/hour is not unusual). Keyloggers are all too often installed on the computers in cheap cafes, so be on your guard if using online banking, stock broking or even PayPal. Remember that in the smaller towns and more traditional areas the owners and staff of internet bars prefer if customers take off their shoes at the entrance and leave them outside. This might seem strange although this gesture goes a far way to make friends and give a positive image of foreigners to Thai people.

Outside the most competitive tourist areas, free Wi-Fi is not as common as in neighbouring countries in many budget hotels and guesthouses and they may charge small fee for Internet by LAN or Wi-Fi even if you bring your own laptop. Wi-Fi is commonly available in cafes and restaurants serving Westerners.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international code for Thailand is 66. 999 connects to all emergency services. Standard GSM emergency number 112 is supported in mobile networks. 911 for Tourist Police Department, English available.

For mobile phone users, Thailand has three GSM mobile service providers - AIS, DTAC and Truemove - which may be useful if you have a mobile phone that will work on either one or both of the GSM 900 or 1800 frequency bands (consult your phone's technical specifications). If you have one, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for any of the Thai carriers in any convenience store for as little as 50-200 baht and charge it up as you go. Using your own mobile phone while on holiday with a Thai pre-paid SIM card can save a lot of money and lets you give your number to family back home, so they can have an emergency contact number.

Post

Thailand Post is the Thai postal service that deals with all local and international mail in Thailand. The business is operated from local post offices. Post offices are easy to recognise with their red white and blue motifs and the words 'Thailand Post' in English and Thai above the entrance. They are open from Monday to Saturday, usually 8:30am to 4:30pm (main ones until around 8:00pm), though keeping shorter hours on Saturdays (usually until 1:00pm). They are generally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Each post office offers a comprehensive service which includes an Express Mail Service (EMS) and parcel post. They also have a price calculator for letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. They also have a track and trace system and money transfer services. If you want to send packages, it might be a good idea to check with private courier companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and generally quite competitively priced.

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Accommodation in Sukhothai

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