The ancient city of Sukhothai, Thailand's first capital, is a four-and-a-half hour ride south of Chiang Mai. Despite a long road trip from 6.30 am to 10.30om, it was worth every minute of the visit. If just to wander among its ruins, and ponder on the great civilisation that came and went...
Viharn (assembly hall) of Wat Mahathat
with lotus-bud domed chedi in the background.
standing Buddha at Wat Mahathat
Sitting Buddha at Wat Mahathat
Another vista of Wat Mahathat
at Wat Mahathat
three Khmer-inspired prangs.
Detail of Wat Si Sawai
at Wat Sa Sri
Brick chedi at Wat Phra Phai Luang