The Sukhothai UNESCO historical zone also encompasses Si Satchanalai, which is a short drive (about 60km) from Sukhothai. The site is another fabulous place to visit for ancient, impressive wats, set in a lovely leafy park. It’s easy to walk to the main sites, or you can hire bikes or engage an electric trolley. We elected to walk (slowly) and it was a fine morning’s entertainment.
Serendipitously, we happened upon Kulab Restaurant in Si Satchanali town for lunch after our temple viewing. Excellent food, it’s popularity confirmed by the local tour bus that turned up about three minutes after we’d finished our meal.
We also had fun viewing the market, and on the opposite side of the street, a gold textile museum and souvenir village.
On the way home we tried to get to Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat. It was market day and although we were following another car that drove through the market, the road through got more and more narrow. Luckily M found a way out and pedestrians, stalls and car were all unscathed. An excellent day out.