As Sukhothai is such a popular tourist destination and is located along the way from
Bangkok to Chiang Mai it can be reached via car, bus, or airplane. It is also possible
to take a train to nearby Phitsanulok and then travel via bus to Sukhothai. Once
there, it may be easier to get around the province with a car, but there are standard
forms of local transport available for visitors staying in town: i.e., local bus,
Songthaew, motorbike taxi, tuk tuk, and samlor. There are also motorbike rentals
in Sukhothai town and bike rentals available just outside Sukhothai Historical Park.
Getting to and from Sukhothai
There are no trains going directly to Sukhothai. One may travel by train to Phitsanulok
and then take a local bus to Sukhothai, about 59 kilometres away. Contact Bangkok
Railway Station Tel. 1690, 02223 7010 02223 7010 0 2223 7020 0 2223 7020
or visit www.railway.co.th for more information.
Those with cars will find it enjoyable to drive from Bangkok through rural Thailand,
including the provinces of Ayutthaya, the capital of Thailand after Sukhothai; Saraburi,
with its temple containing Lord Buddha's Footprint; Lopburi, which features ancient
Khmer temples and a monkey festival; Chai Nat, which contains a huge irrigation dam;
Nakhon Sawan, where major rivers converge to form Maenam Chao Phraya; Phitsanulok,
with its various historical attractions; and even Kamphaeng Phet and Tak, which have
beautiful hills and rivers.
Air-conditioned busses depart from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) to
Sukhothai daily between 9.45 a.m. and 10.20 p.m., departing with greater frequency
in the morning. The journey takes seven hours. Call 0 2936 2852-66 0 2936 2852-66
or visit www.transport.co.th for more information. Private bus companies which
operate daily bus services to Sukhothai include Win Tour (Tel: 0 2936 3753 0 2936
3753 or 0 5561 1039 0 5561 1039 and Phitsanulok Yan Yon (Tel: 0 2936
2924-5 0 2936 2924-5 0 5525 8647 0 5525 8647 From Chiang Mai there are
ordinary/2nd class and air-conditioned busses that travel through Tak, a 5 ½ our
journey; busses depart frequently between 7 pm and 2 am.
From Chiang Rai there are ordinary/2nd class and air-conditioned busses making the
nine hour voyage throughout the day.
Sukhothai is also easily reached from Phitsanulok, Tak, and Kamphaeng Phet. Buses
to/from Phitsanulok (ordinary/2nd class air-con/1st class 30/42/54 Baht, one hour)
leave every half hour or so. Buses to/from Tak (ordinary/2nd class air-con/1st class
40/56/72 Baht, 1½ hours) and Kamphaeng (ordinary/2nd class air-con/1st class 39/55/70
Baht, 1½ hours) leave every 40 minutes.