Long post, epic place.
Founded in 1238, Sukhothai was the capital of the Thai empire for approximately 140 years. It was 1) the spiritual center of the kingdom 2) militarily fortified against foreign intruders and 3) a ‘safe zone’ protecting traders.
It’s a UNESCO site. From their web page:
Under royal patronage, Buddhism flourished and many impressive monasteries were constructed of brick covered with carved stucco, illustrating the idealized beauty and the superhuman characteristics (mahapurisalakkhana) of the Lord Buddha and His Teachings. It is from the remains of these religious monuments that today we best know and appreciate the achievements of the people of the Historic Town of Sukhothai
LInk to sukhothai wiki
From a temple self-tour point of view, we read it’s best to divide touring it into two groups, those inside the walls/moats and those outside.
The first day, outside. We could ride the small roads conveniently built through them. The first temple, Wat Saphan Hin was on a hilltop. The path was on elevated stones. We’d just arrive into town in full gear, were overheating as usual and weren’t going up there, forget it
These are terrible photographs, and they get worse. Something went wacky with the color, contrast and focus and we didn’t notice for two days, so picking the best of a bad bunch.
That evening at dinner, this bug landed on my table. The waiter had a little freak out when I tried to keep it there. Apparently it jets a stream of acidic fluid which burns and leaves permanent scars. I tried to Google image it unsuccessfully
The first thing was figuring out whether we were going to walk it or bicycle it, which is what most people do. But we’re in luck, it turns out that you can purchase a scooter permit for the day, or if you say sawa deee nicely a HP2 permit. There’s a great path through the park, so we bro’d with the scooters and rode around the sweaty pedallers
At the end, after he’d brought his net in, he was dissapointed he hadn’t caught anything. Not for himself, but because I’d been there and had invested the time in his activity. How do I know that? Had a parallel discussion with a knowledgable friend about this, more later