Si Satchanalai Historical Park is one of three Sukhothai era ancient cities which are jointly listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites and often overlooked by tourists who visit Sukhothai Historical Park (80KM away), which is more restored and intact.
This park in Satchanalai has been left in a more authentic state.
Si Satchanalai, which literally means “City of good people”, was founded in 1250 as the second center of the Sukhothai Kingdom and as a residence of the crown prince in the 13th and 14th centuries.
The park is huge and they don’t allow motorcycle in. I rented a bicycle and rode around for about 8KM. I can’t remember when the last time I rode a bicycle but I was soaking wet (sweat) in the hot weather and I can tell you, I couldn’t feel my knees.
Entrance costs 100 baht for foreigners. Most of the area is wheelchair accessible except for the two temples on the hill (they can only be accessed with a staircase). There is a tour available where you will be brought to the temples with audio explanations from the driver.
The tour is 20THB per person and last around an hour. You can also rent a bicycle for 30THB(an extra 10THB entrance fee if you have a bike). The park is large and will require around one and a half hour to see everything (with a bike). The park closes at 6pm.
Some other places to go in Thailand?
Here are some other suggestions from my blog site.
- Satun Places of Interest
- Southern Thailand Ride
- Krasaeng Cave Yala
- I-Yerweng Sea of clouds
- Phu Thap Boek Mountain
- Mae Hong Son
- Hua Hin Attractions
- Bangkok Airplane Market
- Phatthalung (Thailand) Attractions
- Sukhothai Thailand Historical Park
If you run into any problems whilst being in Thailand and need assistance, you can contact Thailand Tourist Assistance Center.
Si Satchanalai Historical Park is another of Thailand’s premier archaeological sites. A representative of Thailand’s early history it should be a must-see for visitors in this area.
If you would give me a choice again to pick the national parks in Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai would be my favorite is remains untouched and there is less or no tourist here. If you’re up to a little adventure cycling around, you would love this place.
How about you? Been to Sukhothai? How was your experience?