Saturday, July 4, 2009

Thailand Travel Destination, Sukhothai

Sukhothai was the first capital city of Thailand. Its name means "Dawn of Happiness". It is located about 450 kgs. north of Bangkok. (take about 6 - 7 hours by bus or you can fly by daily flights to Sukhothai) There are a lot of interesting places in this ancient city esp. Sukhothai Historical Park which is the most amazing one. UNESCO declared the Sukhothai Historical Park a World Heritage Site in 1991. Sukhothai, therefore, is one of Thailand's most visited ancient sites and Thailand travel destination.

The Sukhothai Historical Park is very large area and comprises the elegant ruins of Royal palaces, Buddhist temples, 4 city gates, walls moats, dams, water control system and much more. The ruins are very awesome and the grounds are magnificent. You can feel great Thai cultural and artistic significance. Sukhothai was known as a Kingdom of Happiness. So, images of Buddha sculptured during the Sukhothai era are cultural treasures which impart a feeling of peace and serenity. The large Buddhas there are the most beautiful Buddhas that you had ever seen. Take as many photos as you can.

Besides, if you plan your trip to Thailand in beginning of November, you may join the great Thai tradition, Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival" which is celebrated at the Sukhothai Historical Park annually on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month (November) (when the tide is high and the air is cool) In the old days, we had to worship to gods of the rivers and to avoid bad luck. To celebrate the festival, we make the Krathongs or floats in the form of lotus, have candle lighting and play with fireworks. There are also Nang Nopphamat (as beauty contest), exhibition at the historical site.

If you are interested in Thai history, this is a must place to visit. It is indeed one of Thailand Travel Destination.

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