22.03.2010 - 24.03.2010 38 °C
So after a few days of travelling north and staying in places not even in the Lonely Planet (!) we rock up at Sukhothai.
We head to the Historical Park on a sawngthaw which is a makeshift mini bus or maybe a truck with an open back to it with benches down the sides and one in the middle, it was nice to have a breeze though!!
The main attraction here is the historical park or the old city which is 15 km away from the new city where we were staying.
The old city is within a walled rectangle with gates on each side. Inside there are 21 historical sites which are about 700 years old with another 71 in a 5 km radius. The main site is the Wat Mahathat, described as the crown jewel by Lonely Planet. It is typical Sukhothai architecture apparently on a 3 tiered base with a classic lotus bud stupa. Inside the walled area there are little moats and islands. The ruins used to be chapels and sanctuaries and there are still quite a few Buddhas, one stands 9m tall. There is also a big bronze statue of a really old king who was one of the first to develop Thai writing. We spent about 3 hours going around the park with people pedalling past us on bikes but it was just too hot. Later we found out that the park is open until 9pm and all the ruins are all lit up which may have been more pleasant that during the day!!
When we were heading to Sukhothai we slept in a place called Nakhon Sawan. When we arrived we headed out for some dinner it was about 930 and found one of those electronic column things that tell you the time and temperature, and it was still 33 degrees at 930 in the night!! That night we stayed in our first room with aircon!!! but it is a false sense of security because in the morning we walked out into a sauna!! So we think we will stay with rooms with just fans! In Sukhothai we stayed in a lovely bungalow with a fan and the prices are really good at the moment, it was 300 baht (£1 =50 baht) so £6 per night and it had attached bathroom with hot shower (not that we need hot water at the moment, cold showers are much more pleasant!!) The tourist season is coming to an end now so the prices are very good!
So next we head to Chiang Mai....