We spent days 126 through 131 in Sukhothai, Thailand. Sukhothai was the capital of the Siam empire beginning in the 13th century. If you are interested in reading some of the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site, you can click on this link. Our hotel room at Foresto Sukhothai was a nice surprise. We did not expect the resort type setting. We enjoyed it so much — spending a lot of time sitting out by the pool relishing the nice weather. We said it was “catch up time” for the kids’ school work, but in fact we were mostly appreciating the down time before our Nepal trek.
After resting at the hotel for a day (or two, or three), we decided to explore the old city by bicycle. We took a tuk-tuk across town to rent bikes, then explored this beautiful area. We were amazed by the beauty of the ruins, and again pleased about visiting during the off-season. There were very few tourists, and we were actually thanked by the locals when we told them we were staying for 5 days. Most tourists visit the ruins for only one half or one full day, then head on to better known areas of the country. We, on the other hand, were able to explore the day and night market areas, bike the rural countryside, and of course, sample the street food. The city is definitely worth a few days of your Thailand tour.
We really enjoyed our guided sunset bicycle tour.