Thailand Day 4 – Sukhothai

I am so lazy. This is the first post since January this year. I do not believe you remember what my last post was about. I do not remember either.

Okay, let’s take a look at the post on January 20. It was about my year end trip in Thailand. I am very ashamed to restart this travel blog after such long break, but should finish it anyways.

On December 30th, 2012, I departed in the morning and headed to Sukhothai old city, where I could not get to on the previous day.

A bus from New City to Old City
A bus from New City to Old City

 

The sticker on the rental bike showed it was registered in Japan.
The sticker on the rental bike showed it was registered in Japan

 

Beautiful heritage park
Beautiful heritage park

Beautiful with blue sky. I am thankful to the fine weather.

Middle in Sukhothai
Middle in Sukhothai

The buddhas are spread wide in the area, so you need a bicycle or take a cab to see them.

Wat Sri Chum is shy behind the walls. Wat Saphan Hin is on the hill.
Wat Sri Chum is shy behind the walls. Wat Saphan Hin is on the hill.

Foods always make my day.

The second lunch in New City
The second lunch in New City

Flew back to Bangkok in the evening. The airport located outside the city was surprisingly pretty with lots of flowers and nice atmosphere like a resort hotel.

Sukhothai Airport was like a  resort hotel
Sukhothai Airport was like a resort hotel
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Thailand Day 3 – Travel to Sukhothai

The third day in Thailand, December 29th, was mainly for moving from Ayutthaya to next destination Sukhothai. The reason I wanted to go to Sukhothai although it is not close to Ayutthaya or Bangkok was it is another World Heritage. Please see “Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns” in UNESCO’s website for the details.

It is located 400km away from Ayutthaya. I was wondering if I would take train again or bus. And I chose bus because I got to know train would not run on schedule at all from my experience of the previous day.

In the morning, I took a tuk-tuk to get to a bus station. Unfortunately, long distance buses to Sukhothai were fully booked because it was a busy season. So, I had to take a minivan instead.

Minivan accommodates 11 guests
Minivan accommodates 11 guests

I sit the end of the car. There were two women from Berin next to me and two Japanese guys in my front seats. Japanese guys thought I was a Chinese until I talked to them in Japanese because I chatted with Germans in English.

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From Ayutthaya to Sukhothai

It took about six hours to reach Sukhothai via Phitsanulok. The guest house, which I booked through HostelWorld.com in advance, was really nice as I read in reviews.  At Home Sukhothai has pretty wooden made house and great atmosphere. They even have big garden.

At Home Sukhothai cost only 450 bahts or $15

I didn’t have enough time to go to the old city, Sukhothai historic town, so walked around the new city for a few hours.

Market
Market
Early dinner was street stand
Early dinner was street stand

I took early dinner and strolled in the town again. It was hot outside like 30 to 35 degrees, but I definitely prefer hot to cold.

 

Many dogs and monks in the town
Many dogs and monks on the street

 

The second dinner was street food again
The second dinner was street food again

Continue to the fourth day in Sukhothai.