|See Video highlights of Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai at bottom of page.
Images of Sukhothai, Thailand
Recognized as the first Thai kingdom, the city gained prominence and its independence in 1238. Nine kings rules over an expanding area. The city was annexed in 1376 by the rulers of Ayuthaya.
The most famous king of the Sukhothai are was King Ramkhamhaeng, under which rule the Thai alphabet was developed, and the city's influence extended beyond its borders.
The main and most expansive temple compound is Wat Mahathat. Wat Si Sawai, Wat Sa Si, Wat Phra Phai Luang and Wat Si Chum (the latter two not featured here) are also not to be missed. You should also visit the sister city of Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai, less than 100 kilometers away from Sukhothai itself.
Sukhothai is located about 450 kilometers from Bangkok, about halfway betwen Bangkok and Chiangmai. It would take about 6-7 hours by bus to reach, but daily flights are available.
For more on ceramic antiques, contemporary with the Sukhothai area, visit www.thaiantiques.info . For many more images and explantions, visit :
Buddha Image at Wat Mahathat,
Sukhothai Historical Park