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Pattaya City Thailand, RAMKHAMHAENG NATIONAL PARK AND SUKHOTHAI HISTORICAL PARK

RAMKHAMHAENG NATIONAL PARK AND SUKHOTHAI HISTORICAL PARK

NATURE AND CULTURE AT THE CRADLE OF THAI CIVILIZATION

Wat Sa Si, in the middle of a reservoir, is reached via a wooden bridge.
Wat Sa Si, in the middle of a reservoir, is reached via a wooden bridge.

About a four-hour drive southeast from Chiang Mai, or a four-hour drive north from Bangkok, on the flood plains of the Yom River, lie the remains of the first great capital of the Siamese. Declared the 358th World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991, the ancient city of Sukhothai, along with its vassal towns of Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet, is considered to be a cradle of Thai civilization. But there is more to Sukhothai than just the crumbling remains of a once mighty city. A visit to this ancient capital can be combined with a trek up the legendary mountain, Khao Luang, at the heart of Ramkhamhaeng National Park, providing an opportunity to experience the natural environment, upon which those early citizens of Sukhothai depended for their survival.

By the 11th century AD, Mon and Khmer people occupied the Yom Valley, but early in the 13th century, two local chieftains, Pho Khun Pha Muang and Pho Khun Bang Klang Haw joined forces to drive out the Khmer from the area. Thus began the 'golden age' of the Sukhothai kingdom. Pho Khun Bang Klang Haw then founded the Phra Ruang dynasty, which ruled the kingdom for two centuries, until Sukhothai was gradually subsumed by the growing might of the Ayuthaya kingdom from the mid-fourteenth to the mid-fifteenth centuries AD.

Today, all that remains of that once great capital are the ruins of temples, palaces, and city walls, dominated to the south by the looming presence of Khao Luang. Dark brown columns of laterite, red brick chedis, and serene statues of the Buddha contrast strikingly with bright green, neatly manicured lawns created by the Fine Arts Department when the area was developed into an historical park in the 1970s. Water is a prominent feature of the park.
The reservoirs and canals of an ancient irrigation system, fed by water draining from Khao Luang, are now speckled with pink lotus blossoms.

All civilizations depend on a reliable water supply, so it is little wonder that the mountain that supplied water to Sukhothai became revered as the sacred abode of the kingdom's spirit guardians. The entrance fee to the historical park is 40 baht per person, plus 50 baht for vehicles. A combined ticket, which includes entrance to the historical park, the museum and all other nearby historical sites, can be obtained from the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum (near the entrance to the historical park) for 150 baht. The monuments are spread out over a wide area so visitors are advised to rent a bicycle from the park entrance (the site is very flat) or climb aboard the


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Pattaya City Thailand, RAMKHAMHAENG NATIONAL PARK AND SUKHOTHAI HISTORICAL PARK

RAMKHAMHAENG NATIONAL PARK AND SUKHOTHAI HISTORICAL PARK

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