Sukhothai was the Siam capital prior to Ayutthaya back in the 14th century. Along with Ayutthaya it is also a UNESCO site.
After a 6.5 hour bus ride we arrived at Sukhothai. We grabbed a bike from our guesthouse and biked to watch the sunset, yet again. While biking at night we discovered there was going to be some sort of lantern festival the next day so we went to bed early and decided to explore the next day.
Our guesthouse was at Old Sukhothai inside the historical park itself so it was a short bike trip. Unlike Ayutthaya, Sukhothai sites are not scattered around the modern day city, instead it is part of a historical park that is kept very clean and the sites are nicely restored.
While biking around looki at the numerous Buddha statues and Wat xxx we repeatedly encountered a English speaking bike tour group. One lady was so large she had to hire a personal pushcart driver to move her around the site. It was pretty humorous.
Sukhothai and Ayutthaya are similar but different. Sukhothai has less large grand sites, that’s probably because it is older. But is is very easy to bike around and clean. Ayutthaya sites are much grander but the site is spread out much further and biking around Thai traffic isn’t the most calming experience . However I think if you are suck with just seeing one city then you get a bigger sense of grandeur at Ayutthaya. However both are cool sites and if one has time both old Siam capitals should be checked out.
On a side note, I have noticed something very amusing and stereotypical. In Southern Thailand where the idyllic beaches, the Swedish tourists dominate. In Phuket where all the crazy parties/clubs are the tourists are all Russian. Up north were the culture/ history is, most of the tourists are French.
Now we are of to Chiang Mai for a couple more days.