Sukhothai, Historical Park

  Sukhothai Morning and Evening...

SUKHOTHAI, is located about 440km north of Bangkok

This magnificent park of Sukhothai is so vast, ( 2km x 1.6km) that on foot it becomes, with the heat, a real marathon, not to mention that some temples are located outside the park (Wat Si Chum for example) which only increases the distance to travel.

However, the visitor will have the possibility to rent a bicycle for a few baht, much more practical to cover the distances between the different buildings.

So, in addition to discovering magnificent ruins in the middle of a green and often shaded park, the bike ride is all the more pleasant.

 The best time...

For those who are a little interested in photography, I won't teach them that the two best times to photograph are:

Early in the morning, or late in the afternoon.

The midday sun is to be avoided: too bright light, no shadows, no perspective...

Lodging a few minutes from the historic site, I took the opportunity to take two shots: one in the morning, another in the evening...

It should also be noted that these temples are generally built towards the East which means that for most of these temples, it is better to be early.

Sukhothai is an exception in the sense that this site is so vast and varied, that the possibilities to bring back beautiful photos to either morning or evening....

A good series of photos taken in Sukhothai Historical Park in the early morning....
Some of them may be a little repetitive... but I have trouble eliminating them...

 Avoid tourist groups...

So here I am at 8:30... but I'm not alone! 

Many groups of tourists follow one another. Arrived by coach, they already travel through the park with a guide...

The first operation consists (for me) in "locating" their circuit... anticipating and moving away from it so I would have "clean" pictures without having onlookers in the background, which is never very happy, but sometimes you can't avoid this kind of situation.

 Sometimes, friendly encounters

In the evening, we meet far fewer tourist groups. They tend to come in the morning by bus.

On the other hand, at this time of day, they are isolated tourists, lovers, or even photo lovers. as this passionate and superbly equipped Chinese "colleague" that I will meet at the local restaurant at nightfall.

He, who doesn't speak English and I, who doesn't speak Chinese, will exchange cameras to watch our clichés... despite the impossibility of dialogue and in view of the looks and smiles we exchange... we can say that the meeting was very pleasant. Too bad there was this language barrier at the time.

The visit of the Park on a bike... a really pleasant ride! 

Whether you visit the site in the morning or in the evening, you can rent a bike... 
30 baht per day (less than 1€) and you are ready to walk the aisles
and the expanse of this beautiful site that is Sukhothai.

Take a bike ride in such a prestigious park and in complete freedom....
an excellent time to share with your family....
sukhothai
There are very quiet, restful places...

  Sukhothai the Morning (horizontal photos)

Wat Mahathat is the most imposing of these ancient temples, and it is the one that the visitor first discovers.

There are many representations of Buddha all around this magnificent ruin.

  Sukhothai le matin 

  Sukhothai the Evening

I had been wanting to take pictures of Wat Mahathat for a long time in the late afternoon and with a beautiful sunset...

  Sukhothai the Evening 

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