The Dawn of Happiness Kingdom and the Home of Organic Culture

Sukhothai

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Sukhothai province is located in the lower northern region area of Thailand. It was once the centre of an empire, which reached its peak more than seven centuries ago. Most of the area is lowland, with the Yom River flowing through it from north to south. Stone inscriptions from the time of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great imply that the local people were mainly engaged in diverse agricultural practices, and enjoyed plenty of fish in the water and rice in the fields, earning it the name of Sukhothai, the ‘Dawn of Happiness.’ There is evidence of numerous archaeological sites and artefacts that reflect the residents’ prosperity, simple way of life, and original folk wisdom. This wisdom included the making of the now-famous Sangkhalok wares, glazed ceramics with unique patterns, the dyeing and weaving of cloth in ancient styles, and nature-based agricultural practices.

This route introduces you to Sukhothai by tours of the old city areas in the Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai Historical Parks. You can also experience traces of past civilisations by cycling along shaded tracks through archaeological sites, visit the largest Sangkhalok ware production site in Sukhothai, learn the process of mud-soaked textile-making at Ban Na Ton Chan, sample renowned dishes; such as, khao poep, and join the residents in collecting the harvest. These experiences allow visitors to learn about Sukhothai’s history, folk wisdom, and conservation of its culture and environment.

Day 1

Start the visit to Sukhothai province by familiarising yourself with the city at the Sukhothai Historical Park. Almost all historical sites here face East and the soft morning sun projects its golden rays over ancient bricks, turning them into beautiful glowing light brown structures. The Park is open from 06.00 to 19.00 Hrs. and on Saturdays, visitors are afforded the night view of the archaeological sites up to 21.00 Hrs.. Since 1 January, 2016, to reduce pollution and risks of deterioration to the historical sites and monuments, cars have been banned from entering the inner area designated as a carbon-free zone. Visitors can tour the sites on foot, bicycle, or by electric tram. The Park also has bicycles for rent. In front of each registered monument, there is a QR code board for smartphone users to scan and read additional stories, available in Thai, English, Japanese, Chinese, and French.

Touring Temples on the Trail of Sukhothai in the Pre-Royal Capital PeriodStart a bicycle tour from Wat Phra Phai Luang and Wat Si Chum to relive the establishment of Sukhothai as a kingdom. The two original temples situated outside the city wall to the North marked the site of the first community in the area. Wat Phra Phai Luang’s prominent feature is as a religious site with a principal structure of three Khmer style Prang towers, the northern Prang being the only one remaining at present. Its decorative stucco patterns are similar to those on the Prang tower at Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat in Lop Buri, and show the transfer of culture to Sukhothai through the Lawo Empire, which planned to have Sukhothai as a town on the fringe.

From Wat Phra Phai Luang, a path leads you to Wat Si Chum. The term ‘Si’ evolves from an original local word ‘Sali,’ meaning holy Bodhi tree; therefore, it was assumed that Wat Si Chum referred to a temple located in the Bodhi tree grove. Later, in the Ayutthaya period, the name was distorted to Wat Ruesi Chum – ‘Temple of Hermit Gathering.’ It is the only temple in the city with a square Mondop structure in the Bagan style. There is a tunnel as a stairway in the brick walls of the structure featuring engraved drawings on the ceiling depicting scenes from the Jataka tales with stories in Sukhothai script. The tunnel is a narrow individual path that leads to the top of the structure where Phra Achana, a large stucco seated Buddha image in the Subduing Mara posture, is enshrined. The Buddha is distinctive of Sukhothai art with an oval face. Looking up from the base, one finds the top part of the structure without a roof, including a square frame with modified corners that surround the Buddha, against the backdrop of a bright blue sky, an impressive scene that visitors must not miss.

Towards the Age of Glory – Royal Capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom
At the heart of the city is Wat Mahathat, the main royal temple housing over 209 pagodas and the most spacious of numerous temples in Sukhothai. The main pagoda are in the authentic Sukhothai architectural style, in a lotus bud or rice offering form, the central core containing the Lord Buddha’s holy relic, surrounded in all four directions by small pagodas. The decorative arch of the main pagoda to the front with a stucco relief depicting the scene from the Lord Buddha’s life story is a significant structure featuring Queen Siri Maha Maya standing and taking hold of a branch of the sal tree while labouring to give birth to Prince Siddhartha (the Lord Buddha) at Lumbini Park. The pattern on the Queen’s long skirt in the stucco depiction has been adapted for costumes of Sukhothai dance performers. Wat Mahathat is the place from which to watch the sunset. From this majestic temple, you have a view of the green mountain range to the West as a backdrop, and the evening glow lights up the entire temple.

There are also other prominent temples in the same neighbourhood; such as, Wat Si Sawai, built as a Hindu Shaivism sanctuary featuring 3 Khmer Prang towers. It is the only temple that faces South, presumably as a show of respect to Lawo or Lop Buri, the centre of Khmer civilisation in the region with Sukhothai on its fringe. The temple may also be oriented to the South to face the Khao Luang Range, a sacred mountain believed by residents to be the abodes of supernatural beings and spirits that protect the city from harm. ‘Sawai’ means mango, an indication that the temple was located in a mango forest. Around the temple area, there are large wild mango trees with beautiful new growth that looks like trimmed decorative plants.

Before leaving, make a point to pay respect to the Monument of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great. The statue shows the great king on his famous stone seat. Down the steps to one side is a stele with Thai script introduced by King Ramkhamhaeng the Great. Walking into the monument, one finds the replica of a historic bell to the front. This bell could be rung by any subject with a grievance or complaint to ask for justice from the King. Nowadays, it is generally believed that those who ring this bell are granted blessings from King Ramkhamhaeng the Great.

The Historical Park has impressive structures and magnificent trees providing shade. Park officials keep the area clean of rubbish and leaves and trim the lawns regularly at each archaeological site. Garbage bins are appropriately placed, food and drinks are not sold within the Park, and visitors are not allowed to bring in the same. For lunch, it is recommended that you try the famous Sukhothai noodles with delicious ingredients including pork slices, minced pork, boiled pork entrails, thinly sliced red roasted pork and yard-long string beans, sprinkled with roasted peanut and finely sliced salted Chinese radish. Mixing these together produces a distinctive sweet taste. The noodles can be served boiled or as a soup, and those keen on an authentic flavour usually order rice vermicelli.

Getting to Know Sangkhalok Ware, the Original Pride of Sukhothai
Now let’s take the chance to observe Sangkhalok ware-making at Ganesha Sangkhalok shop, located not far from the Sukhothai Historical Park. Here, apart from demonstrations of the manufacture of Sangkhalok ceramics, the shop has been arranged as a personal museum of the god Ganesh in various postures and different sizes – there are more than a hundred! The shopkeeper created these figures himself using the Sangkhalok ware production process to show his personal likes and deep faith.

Visitors can try their hands at shaping a small plate or cup, and painting and colouring patterns on them. The shop does the glazing and firing to produce the finished objects and delivers them by post to the maker’s home. Mr. Santi welcomes people’s participation in the learning and manufacturing process, as he sees it as an opportunity to encourage the public to appreciate and understand the culture of Sangkhalok ware. In this way, Ganesha Sangkhalok shop plays a significant role in the conservation of art, culture, and the history of Sukhothai.

Day 2

From the royal capital of Sukhothai, we travel to Si Satchanalai, the city of the viceroy or the princely city, also known as Twin Cities and Si Satchanalai Sukhothai as stated on stone inscriptions. The city prospered alongside Sukhothai, famous for the production of Sangkhalok ceramics as shown by groups of Thuriang kilns, an ancient Sangkhalok kiln site along the bank of the Yom River in Ban Ko Noi, Si Satchanalai district.

Cycling through the Beauty of the Twin Cities at the Si Satchanalai Historical Park
The Si Satchanalai Historical Park was registered as a World Heritage Site along with Sukhothai and Kamphaeng Phet Historical Parks. It is designated as a low-carbon area and that means tourists within the city walls are on foot, bicycles, or electric tram. The Tourist Service Centre has an exhibition that tells stories and gives information about the origins of the city of Si Satchanalai via brochures, Park maps, and a QR code board for smartphone users to scan and read additional stories available in Thai, English, Japanese, Chinese, and French.

The original town plan of Si Satchanalai was rectangular in shape, with triple city walls like Sukhothai, using rammed earth structures alternating with a moat, and an inner wall built of laterite, skirting the Yom River. The main entrance and exit are through the Ram Narong Gate. From the Tourist Service Centre, you can ride your bike along a brick path across the old city moat to the city walls hidden in heavy shade – a trip down memory lane. The area within the city walls is maintained as a green area with large trees providing shade. Roads within the Park are well-kept, and signs in front of each site provide information and advice about appropriate behaviour in the archaeological sites.

Prominent temples within the city walls include Wat Chang Lom, Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo, and Wat Nang Phaya. Wat Chang Lom is located in the middle of the city. This beautiful temple is renowned for its unique stucco sculptures of 39 full-size elephants, which surround a Lankan-style bell-shaped pagoda. Light posts stand between the elephant statues, acting as receptacles for lit torches. The elephants at the four corners, known as Chang Song Khrueang, are larger and different from the others, having elaborate decorative stucco patterns at the necks, upper limbs, and around the feet.

To the front of Wat Chang Lom is Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo, the Temple of Seven Rows of Stupas. This is a strange name that came about by the local people’s identification of seven rows of stupas, but later renovations and reconstruction resulted in nine rows, but the name remained unchanged. The temple is regarded as a site of artforms with influences from various lands; such as, Lanna, Sri Lanka, and Bagan or Burma, with the main lotus-bud shaped stupa in the Sukhothai style.

To the back of the main stupa is a stupa with a spherical top and a niche with the Lanna style façade enshrining an intact seated Buddha protected by a nine-headed naga. The stucco relief remains clear, with the exception of a damaged head renovated by the Fine Arts Department. Also, a standing stucco Buddha image was enshrined inside, with murals in monochrome, painted in red and with line accents in black, depicting the Lord Buddha, surrounded by heavenly beings with floral offerings. The scene has started to fade with time due to the use of natural pigments. It was assumed that the temple was the site for the ashes of cremated Sukhothai royals.

Turning back along the city walls takes visitors to Wat Nang Phaya, named in honour of the female founder, Pasuja Devi, a daughter of the Emperor of China who was chief consort of Phra Ruang of Sukhothai. The temple was built around the 21st century B.E. (16th century A.D.) around the time of the early Ayutthaya period that started to expand into the Sukhothai Kingdom. Evidence of this Ayutthayan influence exists in the main bell-shaped stupa built over a lotus bud stupa of Sukhothai, the building of the image hall on a raised base, and solid walls with slit windows. The stucco reliefs on the exterior of a wall remain in good condition, featuring floral, foliage, artistic, angel in adoration, and mythological designs, which became models for patterns of ancient Si Satchanalai gold and silver jewellery. Founded by a lady, there is a belief that women seeking blessings at this temple stand a good chance of getting their wishes fulfilled.

If time permits, several interesting temples remain outside the city walls to ride through. One of them is Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Ratchaworawihan or Wat Phra Borommathat Mueang Chaliang. It is located in the area that was once the city of Chaliang, and features a combination of architectural styles as evidence of the influences of different eras, including spired entrance arches called Sum Fueang in the Khmer Bayon style both in the front and at the back. The main stupa used to be in a lotus bud form but was reconstructed with a Prang stupa built over it during the Ayutthaya period. Walking into the stupa you can see traces of double structures.

There are several interesting temples in Si Satchanalai Historical Park outside the city walls; such as, Wat Phaya Dam, with a Mondop with a curved roof like a barge as the main structure, surrounded by 41 stupas, the largest number of satellite stupas in Si Satchanalai. It was the site of King Naresuan the Great’s army retreat on his expedition to suppress rebels in Si Satchanalai. Wat Chedi Kao Yot, on the slope of a hill, is prominent with a 9-spired stupa in the Bayon style with a monochrome mural inside depicting the Lord Buddha’s life story, and a beautiful balcony in the front. There are also Wat Hua Khon and Wat Ta Yai, both with a Mondop structure housing a fine Buddha image.

Ban Na Ton Chan, the Birthplace of Folk Wisdom about Mud-soaked Textile-making
After touring Si Satchanalai Historical Park, we travel further to Ban Na Ton Chan, an ancient community established more than 2 centuries ago by migrants from Yonok City in Chiang Saen district of Chiang Rai province and from the town of Laplae in Uttaradit province. The migrants settled on a piece of land covered by chan or kraphi chan (Millettia brandisiana Kurz) trees, and they named the village Ban Na Ton Chan after the trees. The residents pursue a sufficiency way of life, sharing goods and produce among themselves, and speaking Tai Yuan (Lanna language), and they are mainly engaged in agriculture and homespun textile-weaving. The village operates a homestay service for tourists to experience the local lifestyle and learn folk wisdom passed on from generation to generation. Ban Na Ton Chan earned a Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award in 2012 in the category of Heritage and Culture and also an Award of Excellence in the category of Tourism Support and Promotion Organisation at the Thailand Tourism Awards 2013 organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Ban Na Ton Chan has established its reputation in the area of folk wisdom in the making of mud-soaked textile. This folk wisdom arose from an accidental discovery that the mud-stained parts of the long skirts of female farmers became softer after washing. The residents experimented by soaking the entire woven cotton textile in mud and found that the material was not only softer to the touch, but the colour became more attractive. The village thus started the production of mud-soaked textile, which has become the community’s prime product up to the present time. Scientific explanations indicate that the pH level of the iron ore in the local mud permeates the fabric, making the fibres expand, resulting in a definite softening. The treated material is also receptive to dyes, and its soft texture makes it comfortable to wear in cold and warm climates.

Khao Poep...Identity of Ban Na Ton Chan
For lunch, you must visit the home of Grandma Khrueang. The enticing aroma of boiling pork soup drifts out to announce the delicacy even before you arrive. Grandma Khrueang’s Khao Poep is a distinctive feature of Ban Na Ton Chan that no visitor can afford to miss.

Khao poep originated from the shortage of noodles thirty years ago, and villagers had to travel into town to buy them at high prices. Grandma Khrueng Wongsarasin of Ban Na Ton Chan created a new recipe. This involves grinding rice in a stone mortar and screening it with white muslin to get a creamy liquid, which is added with salt and cooked over a boiling pot topped with a white cloth to produce a thin sheet of rice cake. Local vegetables; such as, leaves of star gooseberry, ivy gourd, and home-grown bean sprouts, are piled on top and wrapped in the rice cake. This practice gives the dish its name, khao poep, as poep means wrapping. The wrapped rice cake is then steamed for some time before being put into a bowl, hot pork soup added, topped with steamed egg and a chunk of braised pork, sprinkled with crispy fried lard, and seasoned to taste.

Apart from khao poep, another delicacy equally delicious is kuaytiao bae, spread noodle. A thick white rice cream, like khao poep, is spread in circles and placed in the sun to dry before being cut into strips. It is steamed with vegetables, and condiments are added, and it is served with braised pork and eaten with hot pork soup. As for the name kuaytiao bae, Grandma Khrueang jokingly explains that she was tired of washing up, so she invented a dry menu with banana leaves on a plate. The term bae means spreading banana leaves on a plate.

Other pleasant snacks are khao phan mai, khao phan khai (khao poep flour mixed with pork soup or egg and steamed before wrapping around the bamboo skewers), and mi phan (khao bae) flour finely sliced in strips, steamed and seasoned with sugar and vinegar, and then wrapped in soaked khao bae noodles. These are just the sorts of delicacies you can eat while on the move.

Balancing Dolls from a Childhood Inspiration
After eating, you can spend the afternoon cycling around the community, observing the residents’ way of life and learning about the local wisdom. The skills of Ban Na Ton Chan are not confined to mud-soaked textile and khao poep. Some locals are involved in the manufacture of Balancing Dolls. These are the fruits of a childhood inspiration of Grandpa Wong Saofan who, as a young lad, was fascinated by balancing on a single bar. In later years, he reflected on this passion by making cardboard figures representing athletes balancing on a high bar. He then developed these into wooden figures with a mechanism that allows the operator to simply press the bottom of a handle and the wooden dolls rotate and balance on the bar like gymnasts in various postures – a childhood fascination into a fascinating souvenir.

Weaving under a Raised House – Women’s Way of Life at Ban Na Ton Chan
Residents of Ban Na Ton Chan use the spaces under their raised houses as weaving areas. The rhythmical sound of traditional looms tells visitors that the weavers are working. The raised patterns on the woven textile here amount to 50 in number, and are based on natural beauty and phenomena; such as, orange jasmine, ironwood, and bullet wood flowers, fishbones, and turtle scales. The fabric used in mud-soaked textile-making comes from these looms. Visitors can observe and experiment with weaving themselves. Before leaving, take the opportunity to spend some time shopping for mud-soaked textile products in the forms of skirts, scarves, shawls, handkerchiefs, and handbags, as well as contemporary clothing.

Cycling through Orchards and Rice Fields
One pleasant activity for visitors is cycling through the serene agricultural beauty of Ban Na Ton Chan. The entire village is surrounded by rice fields, plantations, and orchards. The scene changes with the seasons – green rice fields in the rainy season turning gold towards harvest time, yellow seas of sunhemp flowers in winter, delightful evergreen vegetable plots, corn plantations, and fruit orchards. Make sure you catch a view of the setting sun over the extensive rice fields.

Those keen on riding greater distances can ride to the monument of Chaopho Muen Dong about 8 kilometres from the village. Greenery abounds on both sides of the route. Bicycles are available for rent at the Ban Na Ton Chan Learning Centre.

Sufficiency Way of Life at Ban Na Ton Chan
Various activities at the Na Ton Chan Community represent a sufficiency way of life as well as a strong conservation of community folk wisdom; such as, the use of natural dyes, the making of mud-soaked textile, innovative food menus, souvenirs based on childhood memories, and green activities; such as, cycling, observing traditional activities, and exchanging ideas with villagers.

Day 3

This morning presents the opportunity to become farm hand trainees at the Organic Agriculture Project at Sukhothai Airport. This project earned an award of distinction in the category of ecotourism at the 10th Thailand Tourism Awards 2015 organised by TAT as well as a PATA Gold Award 2012 (Environment – Ecotourism Project: EC). The day starts with donning traditional farming indigo clothes and a ride on a modified farm tractor to view and take part in the activities of the Outdoor Classroom. Officials provide lectures on organic agriculture in a hall complete with exhibits of the origin of the project and displays of rice varieties developed by the project.

After the lectures, it is time to get to work – Collecting Ducks’ Eggs. Ducklings here are fed with paddy and raised in a free-range system allowing them to find their own food; such as, grass and tiny creatures in the marsh and the savanna in the neighbourhood. By nature, ducklings roam for food in the morning and return in the afternoon. Ducks’ eggs should be collected in the late morning when the egg-layers are absent foraging for their food. The eggs are laid directly on the ground of the pen lined with paddy. These ducklings feed naturally and their eggs are healthy. They are prolific layers, even though the eggs are of a smaller size than those found in the markets, but they have large and bright red yolk, less albumin, and no fishy smell. Duck eggs can be bought by the public, and those left over are processed as salted eggs and used in the kitchen of the Project’s restaurant.

Next, it’s Picking Fresh Vegetables from Non-toxic Vegetable Plots in the area called the Combined Rice Field and Orchard. Here rice fields and fruit orchards exist in the same area. Vegetables grown on the plots are those that thrive well without chemicals; such as, flowering and leafy cabbages, kale, water morning glory, spinach, Chinese cabbages, and Melientha suavis Pierre (phak wan pa). Green manure and rice husks are used to add more elements to the soil. Vegetables grown here are fresh, green, and safe to consume. Again, visitors can pick and buy what they have picked.

This is the important part of the project – the Rice Mill, where visitors get detailed information of the steps involved in the milling process. There are four main steps: 1. the screening off of incomplete grains by a machine twice; 2. manual screening with a large basket; 3. thrashing in a rice-winnowing basket to separate the dust, and 4. manual separation and screening for grading. Special care must be paid by separators at this stage to weed out all contamination and get the most complete grain of rice according to the levels as khao sukho special select grade for complete and non-breaking grain, and khao sanam bin- Airport Rice, which is full grain at the general level. This screening process helps create employment and raises income for villagers as well.

It Is a Long and Difficult Process to Develop a Rice Variety
The process to find a new and improved breed of rice takes as much as 8 to 13 years because each hybrid session yields several varieties of seedlings, which have to be replanted in experimental conditions and screened further, until five varieties are obtained as the best yielding. The yield must then be subject to nutritional research and cooked to find if it is suitable for replanting and consumption. On 18 April, 2008, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn attended the experimental rice hybridisation, which is now in the process of experimental replanting and development of varieties.

From the rice mill, there is the opportunity to ride on water buffaloes in the area of Ban Thong Na. Buffaloes here are cared for as part of the Project’s efforts to save them from the butchery. The large-sized animals are reared not as farm labour but for conservation purposes only, and they pose no danger. Riding them is an exciting adventure that does not harm them. Here, at Ban Thong Na, there are rest areas and bicycles for hire.

The final learning session is at the Grandpa and Grandma Paddy Field, a demonstration rice field situated behind the Sukho Kitchen Restaurant. You can learn the ancient way of rice replanting starting from the seedling plot. This involves soaking harvested rice in water, and leaving it to dry for 2-3 days, and propagating it onto the prepared plots for about a week before young seedlings appear. They are pulled out of the plot in a slanting manner so that the roots are not overloaded with mud. The demonstrators show visitors the replanting process, which is to hold the base of the seedling between the thumb and index finger and push the roots into the ground. The replanting is done in rows, leaving adequate space between plants for growth. After the demonstration, it is now your turn.

Enjoying Healthy Food at Sukho Kitchen
For lunch, refuel yourselves at Sukho Kitchen, the restaurant in the Organic Agriculture Project at Sukhothai Airport. All dishes in the menu are healthy using non-toxic raw materials from the fields of the project. Recommended dishes include crispy fried young rice leaves with finely chopped rice leaves mixed with flour and made into round balls, deep fried and served with delicious sauce; somtam phak nam, stir-fried watercress cooked in a somtam style without chilli; pork leg and rice bun, with pork leg in red gravy served with fried rice buns of the restaurant’s own recipe, some in a light green colour after mixing with young rice leaves, and orange with the mixture of spiny bitter gourd, and three kinds of dips: shrimp paste with fluffy fish dip, tamarind dip, and mango dip. All of this is served with various fresh vegetables. There are other choices also; such as, basil chicken and waterlily stem, and kaeng som with mixed vegetables. Taken with newly-cooked brown rice and finished off with a chlorophyll drink from fresh young rice leaves, you are fully refreshed and reinvigorated.

Having filled up, now is the time for you to shop for quality products of the Project – rice, fresh vegetables, salted eggs, and many other processed products are available at the souvenir shop situated in the same area as the restaurant.

The tour along the route of the Dawn of Happiness Kingdom and the Home of Organic Culture is an exciting example of sustainable tourism. It takes you to famous World Heritage Sites and allows you to see Sukhothai’s efforts to conserve its community way of life, maintain its customs and culture, and display its magnificent archaeological features in an orderly and environmentally-responsible manner. At the same time, the tour includes a number of villages developing their own unique models of sustainability, and a significant organic agricultural project aimed at the promotion of good health and the efficient use of locally-available natural materials. All these features indicate a positive and promising future.

For more information

Amphoe Mueang Sukhothai
Sukhothai Historical Park
Tel. +66 (0) 5569 7527
Fax +66 (0) 5569 7310
Operating Hours Every day 6.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m. on Saturdays
Facebook : www.finearts.go.th/sukhothaihistoricalpark/

Ganesha Sangkhalok
Tel. +66 (8) 3872 0175, +66 (8) 9999 4402
Operating Hours : Every day 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Facebook : The Ganesha Gallery

Amphoe Si Satchanalai
Si Satchanalai Historical Park
Tel. : +66 (0) 5595 0714, +66 (0) 5567 9211, +66 (6) 1268 6383
Fax : +66 (0) 5595 0714
Operating Hours Every day 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Email : sisat_pp@hotmail.com
Facebook : www.finearts.go.th/sisatchanalaihistoricalpark

Ban Na Ton Chan Community
Tel. +66 (8) 9885 1639, +66 (8) 8495 7738
Amphoe Sawankhalok
Organic Agriculture Project at Sukhothai Airport
Tel. : +66 (0) 5564 7290, +66 (8) 8779 6248
Operating Hours : Every day 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. (Outdoor classroom, Sukho Kitchen, and the souvenir shop are closed on Wednesdays.)
Website : www.kaohomsukhothai.in.th
E-mail : na_sukhothai@hotmail.com

Sample of suggested accommodation and restaurants on this route

Accommodation in Amphoe Mueang Sukhothai
Tharaburi Resort
Tel. : +66 (0) 5569 7132, +66 (8) 6448 3177
Fax : +66 (0) 5569 7131
Website : www.tharaburiresort.com
Facebook : Tharaburi Resort
E-mail : reservation@tharaburiresort.com

The Legendha Sukhothai Resort
Tel. : +66 (0) 5569 7214, +66 (8) 2450 0177-8
Fax : +66 (0) 5569 7583
Website : www.legendhasukhothai.com
Facebook : Legendha Sukhothai Resort
E-mail : info@legendhasukhothai.com

Ananda Museum Gallery Hotel
Tel. : +66 (0) 5562 2428-30, +66 (8) 4818 4393
Fax : +66 (0) 5562 1885
Website : www.ananda-hotel.com
Facebook : Ananda Museum Gallery Hotel
E-mail : reservation@ananda-hotel.com

Sukhothai Treasure Resort and Spa
Tel. : +66 (0) 5561 1555
Fax : +66 (0) 5561 1222
Website : www.sukhothaitreasure.com
Facebook : Sukhothai Treasure Resort and Spa
E-mail : info@ sukhothaitreasure.com

OldTown Boutique House
Tel. : ๐๘ ๙๒๗๑ ๕๘๖๓, ๐๘ ๔๖๒๓ ๙๔๓๓
Facebook : OldTown Boutique House
E-mail : santisuk1982@hotmail.com

Nakorn De Sukhothai
Tel. : +66 (0) 5561 1833, +66 (8) 8278 0450
Website : www.nakornhotel.com
E-mail : info@nakornhotel.com

Accommodation in Amphoe Si Satchanalai

Chanalai Resort
Tel. : +66 (0) 5567 2555, +66 (8) 9664 5391
Fax : +66 (0) 5567 2555
Website : www.chanalairesort.com
Facebook : www.chanalairesort.com
E-mail : chanalairesort@gmail.com

Accommodation in Amphoe Sawankhalok

Sukhothai Heritage Resort
Tel. : +66 (0) 5564 7567
Fax : +66 (0) 5564 7575
Website : www.sukhothaiheritage.com
Facebook : Sukhothai Heritage Resort
E-mail : info@sukhothaiheritage.com

Ban Thongna Homestay (within the Organic Agriculture Project at Sukhothai Airport)
Tel. : +66 (0) 5564 7196, +66 (9) 7986 4270, +66 (8) 8779 6248
Fax : +66 (0) 5564 7145
Website : www.kaohomsukhothai.in.th
E-mail : booking.nasukhothai@gmail.com, banthongna@hotmail.com

Restaurants in Amphoe Mueang Sukhothai

Pao Pak – Cham Kala Boat Noodle Sukhothai Old Town
Tel. : +66 (9) 3245 6650
Operating Hours : Every day 8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Sinwana Restaurant
Tel. : +66 (0) 5569 7521-2, +66 (8) 5905 1688
Operating Hours :Every day 11.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.

Banna Sukhothai Noodle
Tel. : +66 (0) 5563 3274, +66 (8) 1971 6102
Operating Hours : Every day 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Sweet Rice Cafe
Tel. : +66 (8) 1377 2071
Operating Hours : Every day 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Facebook : Sweet Rice Cafe

Baan Junshine Sukhothai Restaurant
Tel. : +66 (8) 1971 5143
Operating Hours : Every day 8.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.
Facebook : Baan Junshine Sukhothai Restaurant

Restaurants in Amphoe Si Satchanalai

Khrua Ton Oi
Tel. : +66 (8) 7208 5526, +66 (9) 0692 6315
Operating Hours : Every day 10.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.