Sukhothai 400
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Sukhothai is the capital city of Northern Thailand. It has a population of about 35 thousand and the name literally means dawn of happiness. The place has been popular to visitors because the ruins of the ancient city built in the 13th century can still be seen.

The Sukhothai Muang Kao is only 12 kilometers west of the central city. The city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. By the 60’s, the place underwent a restoration and has been well maintained ever since.

To tour the city, bicycles are best and there are many places where you can rent one. The central part of the ruins contains 11 structures surrounded by moats, bridges and lakes. In the Mat Mahathat, a large Buddha can be located and a nice view of the nearby lake is available.

The north part of the ruins called the Wat Phra Phai Luang contains many buildings with fantastic reliefs. There is also a stairway which leads to the Buddha image.

Here are some activities you can enjoy while visiting Sukhothai
• Use a bike to explore the city and the ruins
• Tour Si Satchanalai
• Explore the fresh fish market and indulge yourself in the local cuisine

Aside from these activities, there are many bars where you can visit. The Poo and King serves varied Western as well as Thai cuisine. The Chopper Bar is a roof-top restaurant serving the best in gastronomical delights. Sukhothai Night Market is another destination worth the visit where you can indulge yourself with authentic Thai cuisine. The night market has many food stalls to choose from.

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