Sukhothai city, "Dawn of Happiness", about 427 km north of Bangkok is most famous for the ruins of the ancient city Sukhothai. The city is located in the valley of the Yom River in the lower edge of the northern region, covering some 6,596 square kilometres.

This is a very popular tourist destination because it is located near the ruins of the ancient city of Sukhothai, which was the Thai capital for 140 years from 1238.

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The historical Sukhothai was the first capital of Siam founded by King Ramkhamhaeng the Great. Today, many ancient temples had been excavated and partly restored and the Sukhothai Historical Park with numerous sites of historical interest has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The ancient Sukhothai covers around 45 sq km of ruins and is one of the most visited ancient sites in Thailand. 

Other interesting places near and around Sukhothai include Ramkhamhaeng National Museum, Ramkhamhaeng National Park, Sri Satchanalai National Park, The Royal Palace and Wat Mahathat.

The Old Sukhothai is a very quiet town but most of tourist facility concentrated in the New City that is little more than 10km to the East.

The best time of the year to see Sukhothai is from November to February when the weather is cooler. Other than that you can go any time of the year.

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