Sukhothai

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A small town set in easy distance from the historic capital of the 14C Sukhothai Kingdom, where nearly 200 temples await visitors.

Sukhothai was the capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom. Sukhothai is 12 km west of the modern city of New Sukhothai. Sukhothai was the capital of the Thai Empire for approximately 140 years. As of 2014, 193 temples have been excavated and partly reconstructed. The stele of Ram Khamhaeng states the city had a triple wall and four gates. The Aranyika monastery was west of the city, a great lake to the east, a market to the north, and the Khao Luang hill to the south. Old Sukhothai is a quiet town with almost no hotels. Most visitors stay in New Sukhothai or in the nearby city of Phitsanulok, which has numerous hotels and restaurants and is on the rail line.
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