Sukhothai Historical Park in Northern Thailand

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Sukhothai Historical Park Travel photography

The Sukhothai Historical Park ruins are one of the most important World Heritage sites in Thailand. The Historical Park is located about 300 km south of Chiang Mai and 430 km north of Bangkok. Far from the most important cities but easy to reach. The park contains dozens of well-preserved and restored monuments dating back to the 13th until 15th centuries.

This beautiful park is setting likes with lakes, ponds, water lily flowers and fauna create a truly unique and harmonious scenario. The Historical Park is open every day from 6.30 am to 7.30 pm. It extends over a large area that includes five areas. These areas incur an entrance fee of 100 Baht and 10 Baht more per bicycle. Yes, you got it right, the bicycle. You will not think of visiting this immense park by walking obviously! Riding a bicycle around the park is also fun and you can see many spots in short time. Note that, motorbikes and cars are not allowed inside the park!

In November 2017, after visiting Chiang Mai during the Loy Krathong Festival, I traveled alone for some days at Sukhothai Historical Park. This was my photography journey! I stayed at Old City Boutique House in old Sukhothai located about 200 meters from the Historical Park. Very convenient for me because I had to reach the spot inside the park very early, ready to photograph the first light of dawn. At that time, the park is closed but you can enter without paying. You will pay the tax only if you will enter after the opening time, valid for the whole day.

Some Thai restaurants, souvenir shops and 7 eleven, are located outside the park nearby. So don’t worry, you will find everything! Scrolling down you will see some images taken during this photography travel at the Sukhothai Historical Park. Images taken especially during sunrise and sunset. For more photos of Thailand, please visit my Instagram gallery Joeysantiniphotography.



Two similar images taken in the morning at Wat Si Sawai. This temple seems to be one of the oldest temples in Sukhothai.



Two images taken from two different spots but with the same subject. The first image was taken during twilight using a tele zoom from the opposite side of the lake. The second image was taken just 15 minutes later close to the white sitting Buddha using a long exposure.


Wat Sri Chum is located just outside the walled city. It is a Sukhothai Historical Park landmark temple featuring a 49 feet (ca. 15 m) tall Buddha is surrounded by stone walls, with an open ceiling. So you can see the sky as well!


A long exposure taken to this amazing temple built in a small islet at the center of a reservoir. This is a focal point for the Loy Krathong festivities.


A monk during his meditation at Wat Maha That. I was so lucky to be there and taking some quickly images!

WAT MAHA THAT in Sukhothai Historical Park

Wat Mahathat is the most important and impressive temple compound in Sukhothai Historical Park. Wat Maha That means’temple of the great relic’ and many Thai cities have a Wat Maha That, where relics of the Buddha were kept.

Thanks a lot for visiting the Sukhothai Historical Park collection. It’s an amazing Thailand’s site and do not hesitate to visit it if you are around. Below there is a Sukhothai Map ad I hope it’s useful for you!

Sukhothai Historical Park Map