Before Bangkok and before Chiang Mai, there was Sukhothai. Often cited as the first capital of the Thai empire, Sukhothai is one of the most important ancient cities in all of Southeast Asia.
Today, many visitors to Thailand make the mistake of skipping over Sukhothai on their way from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Don’t make the same mistake. Sukhothai can be easily reached by bus from either city and can be comfortably seen in a full day of walking or biking.
For me, the ruins of Sukhothai were one of the biggest surprises during my time in Southeast Asia. I never expected to see something so majestic outside of the Angkor ruins in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Here are a few of my favorite photos of the ruins of Sukhothai in and around the Sukhothai Historical Park: