Sukhothai province was once a kingdom and the first capital of Thailand 700 years ago. The word ‘Sukhothai’ means ‘the dawn of happiness’.
Most of attractions in Sukhothai relate to Historical backgrounds such as Phra Mae Ya Shrine situated in front of the City Hall, by Yom River. The shrine houses the stone figure of Phra Mae Ya, and it is believed to house the spirit of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great whom is beloved by Sukhothai and Thai people. Noen Prasat Phra Ruang or Sukhothai Palace boundary is the ruin of an ancient brick building with lotus-based figures. It is believed that the area was once the pavilion of the kings in Phra Ruang dynasty of ancient Sukhothai.
Sukhothai, may be the most romantic of all former Thai capital cities. The superb temples and monuments of this great city have been lovingly restored, and Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-see for all travellers, particularly in the evening when the graceful Buddha images are illuminated by lights, while exploring the grassy, tree lined park via bicycle, or most spectacularly, during the Loy Krathong festival, when hundreds of candle-powered, floating lanterns are released into the sky.
For those who are interested in nature, the Khao Naria peak in Ramkhamhaeng national park is a must. The peak is 1,160 meters high and affords breathtaking views of Sukhothai city and the nearby city – Pitsanulok. At night, the beautiful lights from the city can be seen from the cliff.
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