Sukhothai is a small city in the lower part of Northern Thailand. The provincial capital, Sukhothai Thani is 427 kilometres north of Bangkok. The name Sukhothai means “The Dawn of Happiness”. Sukhothai is most popular especially among tourist for its famous Sukhothai Historical Park. Taking bus to Sukhothai is the most convenient option to get to the historical park because there is no direct train to Sukhothai. Sukhothai Historical Park is located at the Old Sukhothai. The New Sukhothai, which is a small town located around 20 minutes driving distance from the Old Sukhothai is where the locals live and most of the accommodations are located.
Bus from Bangkok to Sukhothai is the most convenient way to get to Sukhothai because Sukhothai does not have any railway station. To go by train, you’ll have to stop at Phitsanulok Train Station and take a bus service to Sukhothai. On top of having a direct bus service, bus from Bangkok to Sukhothai also have frequent schedule so passengers can have more flexibility with the departure time.
The bus fare ranges from THB301-THB361 depending on the coach type. The first bus will leave early in the morning at 7.00AM and the last bus will leave at 9.30PM. The trip duration for bus from Bangkok to Sukhothai takes about 7 to 8 hours depending on traffic and weather condition on the departure day. The bus will have a few stops for food and toilet. The bus from Bangkok to Sukhothai will depart at Bangkok Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) and will arrive at Sukhothai Bus Terminal (New Town), Ban Suan Sukhothai and Ban Kong Sukhothai. Moreover, the operator also offers a direct drop-off to the Sukhothai Historical Park (Old Town).
The bus ticket price from Khon Kaen to Sukhothai ranges from THB265-THB386 depending on the coach type. The trip duration from Khon Kaen to Sukhothai by bus is around 5 to 6 hours depending on the traffic condition. The first bus from Khon Kaen to Sukhothai leaves early in the morning at 7.30AM and the last bus leaves at 10.00PM. The bus from Khon Kaen to Sukhothai will depart at Khon Kaen Bus Terminal and will arrive at Sukhothai Bus Terminal or Lan Hoi. Lan Hoi is another district in Sukhothai, located around 50km away from the Old Town Sukhothai.
There are four departures per day which starts at 12.15AM and the last departure is at 10.15PM. The trip duration from Phetchabun to Sukhothai is around 4 to 5 hours depending on the traffic and weather condition on the departure day. The bus ticket price is ranging around THB170-THB231 depending on the coach type. The bus from Phetchabun to Sukhothai will depart at Tha Rod Pet Tour Lom Sak and will arrive at Lan Hoi or Sukhothai Bus Terminal.
There is only one bus departure from Mukdahan to Sukhothai by Phet Prasert bus at 5.00PM. The bus ticket price from Mukdahan to Sukhothai is THB567. The trip duration from Mukdahan to Sukhothai by bus is around 10 to 11 hours depending on the traffic and weather condition on the departure day. The bus will have a few stops for food and toilet. The bus will depart at Mukdahan Bus Terminal and will arrive at Lan Hoi.
There is only one bus departure from Kalasin to Sukhothai by Phet Prasert bus at 7.35PM. The bus ticket price from Kalasin to Sukhothai is THB443. The trip duration from Kalasin to Sukhothai by bus is around 8 to 9 hours depending on the traffic and weather condition on departure day. The bus will have a few stops for food and toilet. The route is going over a distance of 416 km. The bus will depart at Kalasin Bus Terminal and will arrive at Lan Hoi.
Although there are several drop-off spots in Sukhothai, most express buses will make pick-ups and drop offs at these locations:
Sukhothai Bus Terminal is also known as AEC Bus Station which is located in sub-district Ban Kluai of Sukhothai Province, Thailand. Sukhothai Bus Terminal is about 5 minutes car ride to New Sukhothai and 15 minutes ride to Old Sukhothai.
There are many facilities available in Sukhothai Bus Terminal. Passengers can purchase their tickets from the counters available at the terminal. Moreover, passengers can get some refreshments by buying some food and drink at the minimart. Sukhothai Bus Terminal also has waiting area and restroom for the passengers that are available at the opposite end of the terminal.
You can read “The Ultimate Guide to Sukhothai Bus Terminal” for more information.
Sukhothai Historical Park is one of the most famous places in Sukhothai. There are many temples in the park such as Wan Mahathat, Wat Sri Chum and many more. Each one has different entry fee and the best thing you can do is to rent a bike to see as much as possible. The most famous temple among all is Wat Mahathat. It is the biggest and most beautiful temple surrounded by 200 pagodas.
Find out more with “Best Guide of Sukhothai Historical Park”.
The museum is located across the road from the Sukhothai Historical Park. Ramkhamhaeng National Museum is named after King Ramkhamhaeng who is known as “Father of Thai Language”. King Ramkhamhaeng also has a memorial in the Historical Park. The museum is open from 9.00AM daily and the entrance fee is around THB150 per person for foreigners. There are a lot of beautiful artifacts and ancient relics inside the museum. It would be best to visit the Sukhothai Historical Park first in the morning and then visit the museum during the afternoon hours. The buildings are well air-conditioned and offers a retreat after a hot day of temple viewing.
Sukhothai Night Food Market is located at Jarot Withithong Road, Sukhothai, Thailand. The night market is an amazing place with lots of kiosks such as food, fruit, drinks, clothes and many more at a very reasonable price. The food at the market was very good even though the market was small and it was still one of the wonderful experiences.
Si Satchanalai Historical Park is 40km from Sukhothai and it is worth travelling to see the sites that are all part of the Sukhothai history. All the temples have signs in English explaining the background of the structures. The park is very peaceful but also covers a large area so you are not advised to walk around there. Riding a bike for THB50 is probably the best way to explore the park but the problem is that, bikes are not allowed for some of the sites. So, plan your journey well.
Other famous hot spots are Boon Lott’s Elephant Sactuary, King Ram Khamhaeng Monument, Wat Chang Lom, Wat Sri Sawai, Wat Chetuphon, Phra Sri Ratana Temple and more.
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