Oldies but Goodies

Oldies but Goodies

The Kingdom of Thailand occupies an area that has been inhabited for thousands of years.  As invaders, kings and cultures took their turn controlling modern-day Thailand, each left an indelible mark.  The most tangible remains of the past are  the cities of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.  Each city was once the capital of its respective kingdom, the Sukhothai (1238-1428) and Ayutthaya (1351-1767).  Though much of the capitals are gone, the primary temples, representing the pinnacles of each civilization, remains.

If history and ruins intrigue you, a visit to Sukhothai and Ayutthaya are a must.  Both are Historical Parks managed by the Thai Department of Education (Fine Arts Department) and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Both parks are well maintained and easy to navigate.  Supporting the restoration, maintenance and work of the parks alone justifies the admission costs.  Each park requires about two days (one night) to casually visit and can be accessed via the train linking Bangkok and Chiang Mai.  There is no shortage of guesthouses, guides and things to do in each city.

Here just a few of the magnificent sights you will see if you visit these parks.  For more photos, click here to see our photo albums of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai.

Buddha behind the remaining walls of Wat Si Chum in Sukhothai.

Behind the walls of Wat Si Chum, Buddha hides a golden hand.

As the sun sets on Sukhothai, Wat Trapang Ngoen can be viewed under the lights with beauty it’s creators centuries ago couldn’t have imagined.

On select nights visitors can stay past sunset to see Sukhothai Historical Park under the lights.  It was unclear speaking to the hotel and park guides when the park is lit.

Outside of Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai Historical Park, provides another glimpse into the Sukhothai Kingdom.  This excursion is only for those most interested in ruins and historical sights as most of the temples have completely fallen.

In Ayutthaya, there is a splendid mixture of historic temples, ruins, modern temples and those that have been preserved for centuries.  Wat Na Phra Men is the only temple not sacked by Burmese invaders who brought down the Ayutthaya Kingdom.

Buddha at Wat Phutthai Sawan has lost the roof and ceiling to his temple, but not his composure or beauty.

One of the most sacred images of Buddha in Thailand, this sandstone head is believed to have been transported from Sri Lanka.  The rest of the Buddha was destroyed in the Burmese invasion while this head rose anew in a Bhodi tree in Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya Historical Park.

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» Kate C :
Apr 7, 2011

Thanks for the pictures! I didn’t get to go to these places, so you’re getting me excited to see them now!

» bka :
Apr 8, 2011

not sure one can make a living taking photos, but you guys are good……judging from your photos, there are not many place you have missed…..home opener for Twins today, that is our local “temple”…….peace…..be safe……love, bka

» Nora Lynch :
Apr 19, 2011

Hi, dropping by from yTravel Blog – nice pics! I was in Sukothai a year ago and really loved the Buddha in Wat Si Chum. Here’s one I took: http://bit.ly/dGLxQa. Like the name of your blog, too. Nora, Fit Travelers Have More Fun.

LOCAVORista Reply:

Nora, thanks for stopping by livingif. We really enjoyed both Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, looks like you did too. Great picture of the Buddha at Wat Si Chum!

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