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Sukhothai is a UNESCO world heritage city located smack dab in between Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand. While not the easiest to get to, its remote location is responsible for fewer crowds and a more peaceful ambiance than Thailand’s other popular ancient city: Ayutthaya. Visiting Sukhothai transports you back in time, as you explore the ancient sites on bike.
Sukhothai was established in the 13th century as the first capital of Siam. Its most famous king, King Ramkhamhaeng, was responsible for the creation of the modern Thai alphabet as well as the introduction of Theravada Buddhism to Thailand. The Sukhothai Historical Park was the very center of the Sukhothai Kingdom for 200 years before it was taken over by the Ayutthaya kingdom. Now, the ruins of palaces and Buddhist temples remain.