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  • Day4

    Sukhothai by night

    January 7, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Après Lopburi, j’ai donc repris le train vers Phitsalunok et là, j’ai partagé un taxi avec d’autres voyageurs pour Sukhothai.

    Vu que je suis arrivée un peu tard, je me suis simplement promenée dans le temple qui est juste à la sortie est du parc historique. C’était magnifique de nuit avec les lampions... et comme partout, les chiens errants qui y ont élu résidence.Read more

  • Day42

    Sukhothai

    October 8, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Arrivés à 4h du mat en bus de nuit à Sukhothai, où on a passé deux jours. Sukhothai, c’est une petite ville au milieu de la Thaïlande où on peut trouver les ruines de l’ancienne capitale d’un royaume de Thaïlande. On a loué un scooter pour deux jours et parcourus les ruines aux quatre coins de la vielle ville. Puis on a trouvé un chien bien mal en point dont on s’est occupé pendant 2 jours.Read more

  • Day152

    Going Backwards in Time: Sukhothai

    February 11, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ 🌫 32 °C

    I loved Sukhothai. My stay was only five days long, but I liked it so much I promised everyone that I’d return for the lovely Loy Grathom Festival in mid-November. Why did I like this city? Because it was small (37,000 people) compact, had fairly clean air, and was extremely friendly. My Airbnb property was a giant room that was very dark, cool and restful at night, and liveable outside in the patio by day. My hosts lived about three blocks away, and I hung out with them most evenings. A very sweet couple. There was no wifi or kitchen in my place—somehow I’d overlooked that—but my “in” with the neighborhood overruled such inconveniences.

    Of course, Sukhothai’s real draw is it’s ruins: it was the first capital of Siam, in the 13th and 14th centuries. To reach them you have to get on a little shuttle bus for a 12-kilometer ride. The grounds are massive, and I confess that I only made the trip there one day, where I saw the National Museum and one enormous temple. I found that I’m not so fond of seeing temples in 96-degree weather (see the last post) and I’m very sorry to confess that I’m not a great fan of ruins. Historical fiction will do the trick for me if it’s good. But don’t pay any attention to me. Here’s a wonderful write-up about Sukhothai from the UNESCO site:
    https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/574

    What I really liked was hanging out in the neighborhood—without the company of French, Dutch, German, Chinese, Spanish, Latin American and American tourists. Just me, alone with my 5-month-old Thai, having an excellent time with all I talked to. I went to a beauty parlor for the first pedicure of my life, and ended up getting my hair washed, blow-dried and trimmed as well, because the atmosphere was so chatty and fun. Two cousins of my host ran a “som dtam” stand—a kind of spicy papaya salad—and I became addicted to the salad AND the sisters who made it every evening. I also went to a “breakfast street-food buffet” at the urging of a very nice woman who sat on a table the rest of the day preparing vegetables. Her English was excellent. At breakfast, there were ten separate large containers of food to choose from, plus rice, and to my great surprise, each dish was more delicious than the other! How did she do it?

    Anyway, even in only five days, I felt that I “lived” in Sukhothai, and that is my overall goal of my international adventure as well.

    Please enjoy the photos and “skill” video.
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  • Day21

    Sukhothai Historical Park

    July 19, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Sukhothai is the ancient capital of Siam, and essentially the starting point for modern Thailand. Although it was founded by Khmer, it was conquered by Siamese in the 13th century and reached its peak under the reign of King Ramkhamhaeng at the end of the 13th century. In addition to expanding Sukhothai and Siam's borders, he also helped developed Thai writing and Thai language. And in his spare time, converted the kingdom from Hinduism to Buddhism (which it's remained ever since).

    So we were pretty keen to check out the ancient capital. We set off from our guest house on borrowed bicycles at about 8am, ideally before the heat of the day really set in. It was still pretty hot though, and we sweated up a storm pedalling around.

    But it was a really nice spot, with a bunch of temples, shrines, pagodas, little lakes and monasteries and so on. Quite a few Buddha statues still around, though I'm not sure how original some of them were. And the entire site was very carefully manicured with hedges, lawns etc. No garbage around, and big teams of groundskeepers sweeping and picking up leaves which was nice (incidentally - Thailand is noticeably cleaner in most places than any of Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia).

    We explored most of what we could see with our entry ticket, rode a bit outside the city walls to an extra bit that proved to be closed, then headed back into Old Sukhothai. By now it was midday so we had lunch at a restaurant in the backstreets not far from our guesthouse. This one was recommended to us and the food was fantastic, though a little pricey. About $7 AUD for a dish which is cheap by Australian standards but expensive for here.

    After lunch we headed back to the guesthouse and just chilled out for a few hours. Unfortunately for us we had no home for tonight; we were getting an overnight bus from Phitsanulok across to Udon Thani, a city back near the Laos border.

    So we hung out at the guest house for a few hours. Then we got a songthaew from Old Sukhothai to New Sukhothai. Then we got a coach for the hour trip from New Sukhothai back to Phitsanulok. Now we had the problem that we were at Phitsanulok Bus Station 1, and needed to be at Bus Station 2. It was only 6pm though, and our bus wasn't until 11pm so we weren't worried.

    Scoffed at some local tuk-tuk guys who wanted 150 baht for the 5 minute ride, and eventually a guy who was checking tickets for various bus companies asked a couple of drivers for us. Within a few minutes he'd found a coach driver taking an empty bus between the stations who was happy to take us along for the ride! We ended up tipping the driver 20 baht even though he was a bit insistent we didn't pay him.

    Finally we'd arrived, we just had 4.5 hours until the bus and the station was quite grim. No air conditioning, only crappy fans and stifling air to be found. Had some dinner of instant noodles from one of the nearby shops as we didn't want to risk anything more adventurous before an all-night bus ride.

    Struck up a conversation with the only other two white people there, a slightly younger couple from Madrid who were catching a 9pm bus to Chiang Mai. They were good company and we swapped stories - particularly about pet dogs that we'd left behind! But eventually their bus left and we just waited and waited. 11pm came and went with no bus.

    Finally it showed up at about 11:50pm! At least the air on board was freezing cold, a nice change from the stifling awfulness of the bus station. It was reasonably comfortable with large enough seats, footrests, long reclines, and plenty of space in front so you didn't get your legs crushed when your neighbour reclined. They even handed out cookies, water and blankets. I drank some water, ate my cookies and settled in for a long night as the bus rolled out of the station.
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  • Day61

    Mit dem Nachtbus nach Sukhothai

    December 8, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    4.00 Uhr.. 🕓😳😴 , angekommen in Sukhothai mit dem Nachtbus🚌. Es war furchtbar. Trotz Leggins, Kuscheljacke und Decke hat man gefroren. Die Klimaanlage auf volle Pulle und das Gebläse auf Maximum.. irgendwie haben wir trotzdem 2..3.. Stunden Schlaf gefunden. Plötzlich hieß es umsteigen..im anderen Bus noch schlimmer. Marvin mein Freund und Helfer😂, kümmerte sich darum 👮‍♂️. Und zumindest war für die letzten 20 Minuten kein kaltes Gebläse an und der tiefe Bass von den zwei Party machenenden Busfahrern war aus!😫😅

    Sukothai, 12 Grad😖🥶 unsere Unterkunft zum Glück gleich beim Busbahnhof. Einchecken konnten wir aber noch nicht. Wir zogen alles an was wir hatten 🧣👖🧦👙😂 und bestellten uns erstmal ein Tee🍵. Um 6.00 beschlossen wir unser Gepäck dort zu lassen, einen Roller zu mieten und zum Sonnenaufgang zu den Ruinen von Sukhothai zu fahren 🌄 .War mega kalt auf dem Roller, aber die beste Idee...😉
    Sooo schöön, die im Morgenlicht angestrahlten alten Ruinen 🏯🌄😍 Außerdem waren wir pünktlich zur morgendlichen Gebetsrunde der Mönche.. unser Interesse an der buddhistischen Philosophie wächst zunehmend...🤔🤗🙄

    Nach zwei Stunden Besichtigung schliefen wir völlig k.o. an einem kleinen See in einem Teehäuschen ein... 😴🎎 geweckt von Vogelgezwitscher und Sonnenstrahlen machten wir uns wieder auf den Weg.. erstmal was Essen. Um 13.00 sind wir dann endlich ins Zimmer. Pause.

    (Das war übrigens unser bisher günstigstes Zimmer mit 3,50 pro Person, die Nacht! So sah es aber auch aus😂 unsere Seidenschlafsäcke kamen zum Einsatz☝️😂, hatten es wegen eigentlich guter Bewertung und perfekter Lage für uns gewählt)

    Zum Sonnenuntergang wieder los🏍🌄😂
    Ein paar letzte Ruinen im Abendlicht erklommen und den Abend auf einem kleinen Streetfoodmarket mitten in den alten Ruinen ausklingen lassen. 🍱🍢🥮
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  • Day71

    Sukhothai

    June 18, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    17. Juni - 19. Juni

    Nach Bangkok hemmer uf em Weg in Norde z Sukhothai en Zwüschehalt gmacht.
    Das isch en wunderschöni alti Tempelstadt, wo jetzt devo nume no Ruine ume sind, was ds Ganze aber grad nomal biz spezieller macht.

  • Day40

    Sukhothai

    December 7, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Es ist wirklich toll hier. Ein riesiges Gebiet und so wenige Menschen. Hier herrscht eine sehr ruhige, friedliche Athmosphäre. Vor allem thailändische Touristen sind unterwegs. Sie beten bei jedem Tempel den sie besichtigen. Ich denke, auch das macht diese besondere Stimming hier aus.

    Am Wochenende gibt es Abend einen Nachtmarkt. Wir haben verschiedene Köstlichkeiten probiert und dabei dem Sonnenuntergang zugeschaut.Read more

  • Day41

    Umgebung von Sukhothai mit dem Fahrrad

    December 8, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Heute sind wir mit den Rädern auf einem Fahrradweg entlang in der Umgebung unterwegs gewesen. Weiter weg entlegene Tempel haben sich abgewechselt mit Reisfeldern und kleineren Dörfern. Die Bewegung hat gut getan. Mal was anderes. Unterwegs haben wir ein süßes kleines Cafe " das sweet rice cafe" gefunden und haben dort Pause gemacht.

    Nachmittags haben wir uns dann noch die Tempel angeschaut die im nördlichen Bereich sind. Heute sind wir an zwei Tempeln jeweils von Mönchen angesprochen worden. Sie haben uns eingeladen, alles anzuschauen und haben uns Wissenswertes erzählt.
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  • Nov30

    Einfach mal...

    November 30, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    ... ein paar Fotos. War heute schon zum Sonnenaufgang auf den Rädern, um Alt-Sukhothai ohne Selfiestickarmee zu sehen. Sehr friedvoll und verzaubernd.

    A few pics. Headed out for Sukhothai at sunrise to catch it before the selfie stick army. Peaceful and bewitching.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Changwat Sukhothai, จังหวัดสุโขทัย

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