Sukhothai, Thailand’s Early Kingdom
Consider adding a couple of days to your Thailand odyssey to explore Sukhothai and other towns and ruins of Thailand’s ancient kingdom.
Day 1 Chaing Mai / Sukhothai
Depart from Chiang Mai* to the quiet town of Lamphun to visit Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, with its 150-foot gilded stupa topped with a nine-tiered gold umbrella, one of the holiest stupa in Thailand, built almost 1,000 years ago. Afterward, drive to Lampang to visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang the oldest teakwood temple in the region. After lunch, which is provided at a local restaurant, continue to the historical park of Sri Satchanalai, which you can visit Wat Chang Lom and Wat Chedi Jet Taew, both of which are beautiful temples with high stupas and lovely grounds surrounding them. Afterward, drive to Sukhothai, Thailand’s ancient first capital, where you will spend the night.
*Or fly from Bangkok to Sukhothai
Legendha Sukothai Resort (Superior Room)
Day 2 Sukhothai / Bangkok
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Wat Mahatat, Museum and Wat Srichum in the expansive old city of Sukhothai (“the dawn of happiness”), a UNESCO World Heritage historical park, and a mere half-mile from your hotel. Sukhothai was an early kingdom in the area that existed from the 13th to 15th centuries; the ruins in the park are extensive and wonderful to explore. At your option (for a small additional cost), you can rent bicycles to explore the historical park. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant, then in the afternoon, transfer to Sukhothai Airport for your departure to Bangkok or drive to Chiang Mai to continue your Thailand adventure.
Day 3 Bangkok / Onward
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to USA.
What to Expect
Duration 2 days
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.