A small city in northern Thailand, Sukhothai is a popular tourist destination due to the nearby ruins of an ancient city by the same name. Historic Sukhothai was the first capital of Thailand, then Siam, during the 13th century. Today, the architectural structures and monuments of the old city are preserved within the Sukhothai Historical Park.
The Sukhothai Historical Park is divided into multiple zones, with each featuring several excavated temples, chedis, Buddha figures and other monuments with impressive stucco reliefs. Also contained within the site are bridges, lakes and moats. A few souvenir shops are present as well. In addition to the historic city, the Sri Satchanalai National Park and Ramkhamhaeng National Park are nearby and well worth a visit for their natural scenery and outdoor recreation.
Modern-day Sukhothai is a typical Thai city with a royal palace, a few museums, markets, shops and a number of restaurants, bars and clubs. Local dishes are sticky rice with deep-fried pork and spicy pork salad served in a banana leaf.
Tuk-tuks and songthaews (converted pick-up trucks) are the most common methods of getting around the modern city, while bicycles are the most popular way of reaching the Sukhothai Historical Park.