Sukhothai is a magical place tucked away in central Thailand. This former capital of Thailand flourished during the Thai golden age around the 12th and 13th centuries. Sukhothai is a maze of elaborate temples, Buddhist shrines, and impressive monuments. Travellers will feel like they've stepped back in time while touring this historical wonderland. Explore the ancient Kingdom of Siam and surrounding areas in the perfect rental car by checking Skyscanner for the best deals.
Arriving in Sukhothai and Renting a Car
Travellers may arrive in Sukhothai by air, bus, or private transfer. Bangkok Air has flights daily from Bangkok International (Suvarnabhumi) Airport to Sukhothai Airport. Guests arriving at Sukhothai Airport have the option of renting a car before arrival with Eddy Rent-a-Car inside the terminal. Otherwise, the airport can arrange for transportation to their resorts in Sukhothai. The transport arrangement concierge is located near the airport entrance. Some resorts will offer private transport to and from the airport. Check with them well in advance to make the proper arrangements.
It's also possible to fly into Phitsanulok Airport and drive an hour and a half to Sukhothai. Car rental companies at both the Phitsanulok and Chiang Mai airports (about four hours away) offer compact, midsized, and full-sized vehicles and will have a wider range than in Sukhothai. At Phitsanulok Airport, some airlines provide guests with minivan transfers to and from Old and New Sukhothai.
Driving in Sukhothai
Everywhere in Thailand, including Sukhothai, drivers drive on the left. Travellers should always keep their documents handy and be mindful of their surroundings. Branches and other debris on the road can be hazardous, so proceed with caution. Parking in larger cities can be a real headache, but not in Sukhothai. Most resorts offer valet parking and convenient parking areas.
Getting Around Sukhothai
The area is broken down into the historic old town (meuang gòw), New Sukhothai (Sukhothai downtown), and the Sukhothai Airport region, which is 40 minutes north.
Historic Sukhothai is best explored by bicycle. A stand near the entrance of the ruins leases them for 30 baht per day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. In New Sukhothai, travellers can rent three-wheeled pedicabs for 40 baht, and most hotels rent motorbikes for 250 baht per day to zip around downtown in.
Those staying at resorts near Old Town, such as the Legend Sukhothai or Le Charme, may want to drive 20 minutes east to New Sukhothai, which offers plenty of shops and restaurants. Take Jarodvithi Thong Road, which is the same as Route 12, directly into Sukhothai downtown.
Things to Do in Sukhothai
Considered at one time to be the zenith of Thai architecture, culture, and religion, Sukhothai still amazes onlookers today. Guests are encouraged to tour the Historic Sukhothai Park by bicycle and on foot. Stroll past Wat Chana Songkhram and end up at the park's main attraction, Wat Mahathat, or Temple of the Great Relic. While downtown, be sure to stop by the popular restaurant Jayhae for Sukhothai noodles and other specials. For an authentic Thai jungle experience, travellers can camp out at Ramkhamhaeng National Park.
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