Nearly 200 unique ruins are tucked into the 70 square kilometers of land that make up the Sukhothai Historical Park, including towering buddhas, ornate palaces and crumbling temples. Travelers can wander the area on foot, or rent bikes and ride between the structures that date back as far as the 13th and 14th centuries.
Visitors love the quiet, peaceful escape of the park, which provides a stark contrast to some of Thailand’s more urban destinations. The most popular ruins are located near the central entrance and are visited by most tour groups, but the sites further afield are equally beautiful and far less crowded.
The park is accessible via public bus from the city of Phitsanulok, which takes about 75 minutes, or via tuktuk from New Sukhothai. Visitors should be sure to make stops at Wat Sa Si and the 15-meter high, 700-year-old buddha that rests in one of the park’s roofless temples.