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“Tranquil and historic”

Si Satchanalai Historical Park
Ranked #3 of 34 things to do in Sukhothai
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Owner description: Located on the banks of the Yom River, the ruins of this ancient town that was formerly called “Muang Chaliang” contains more than 134 monuments from the past.
Reviewed 8 April 2014

Si Satchalanai Historical Park is quite different to Sukhothai Historical Park - you really feel like you're in the country. You need a bike to get around unless you take one of the little open buses which give tours with a very loud commentary in Thai - kind of spoils the mood! There was hardly anyone there when we visited. There are not many intact Buddha statues with the exception of at Wat Phra Si Rattanamahatath Chaliang where there are a number of impressive Buddha figures. There are a couple of wats on a hill which you have to climb up a fair number of steps to get to - you get a good overview of the surrounding countryside. There is an intact Buddha statue at one of them, Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng. Don't miss Wat Changlom which is surrounded by a terrace of (fairly worn) elephants. Very worthwhile visit if you're into historic momuments.

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Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

what an amazing place we stayed at a local home stay baan silong so were able to go first thing before the rest of the tourists arrived!!! incredible so worth seeing - its vast and rich with history well worth a visit

1  Thank ZoZoHenley
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

From New Sukhothai, it is exactly 60km by 1195 and 1201 roads. These roads are quiet with nice scenery. The historical park is well indicated on signposts. If you go there by motorbike, avoid the big 101 road that is dangerous and without interest. On the way back, do not miss the crossroads to 1195 road otherwise you will join the 101 road.
It takes from 1.5 to 2 hours by scooter. At the information desk you can get a map, explanations and there is an exhibition.
Before visiting the historical park, I advise you to visit Wat Si Phra Rattana Mahathat (20 THB) that is located opposite the suspension bridge. It is a Khmer style temple.
The park entrance is a few km further. The entrance fee is 100 THB. It is a pleasant place, quite deserted, nearly no tourist. The main temples are in good shape, surrounded by the forest.
A highly recommended place for those who like quietness.

3  Thank Hikingirl
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

This place is about one and ahalf hours drive away so i would advise hiring a driver to take you there but it is worth it as it is alot quieter than the historical park but worth the effort. We did it all at a stroll in about three hours so its a nice day out. Also there is a small food court at the enterance for lunch or just drinks but i would take water with you as it can get hot as it is sheltered and there is some steps involved to see some of the ruins.

2  Thank aqualungcheshire
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

After spending an enjoyable day cycling around the ruins at Sukhothai Historical Park, our guesthouse owner recommended that we spend our second day at Si Satchanalai. We hired a motorbike from Poo restaurant (bike in good condition and friendly service) for the 1.25-1.5 hour drive through the countryside. We took the road past the bus station in New Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai was well signposted from there.

Our first stop was at the information centre where the friendly guy plied us with maps and explained what to visit. There is also a nice little exhibit on the history of the site with information in Thai and English. It looks like they are constructing more buildings around here so maybe there will be more facilities in future. We bought our tickets from the less friendly ladies on the gate (100฿ each, no charge for the motorbike) and entered the park. The ruins were even more impressive and quieter than Sukhothai with a lot of variety in style. In the main section of the park there are three big temples and scattered smaller ones as well as two up the hill which we thought were also worth the climb. The ruins are surrounded by trees and as there are no big roads nearby and few tourists we could frequently just hear birds singing. We also liked that it was possible to climb the stairs on some of the chedis. Information boards and pictures of how they would have looked were are great aid to exploration.

We stopped for lunch at one of the local restaurants opposite the park entrance which was fine and cheap. Toilet facilities and bicycle rental are also situated here (a bike would probably be a good idea if you didn't come by motorbike as it's quite spread out). We didn't see any food or drink (or souvenir!) vendors inside the park so make sure you take plenty of water in with you as it gets very hot.

After lunch we headed down the road towards the Chaliang temple, more cafes and a couple of signs for homestay in the village but we didn't stop so I can't offer any recommendations. Two more beautiful chedis at Chaliang, one with a definite Khmer influence. Afterwards we went to the nearby Chom Chuen Archeological Museum which cost another 100฿ each. It was nice enough but very small and not really worth the entrance fee compared to the temple ruins.

Highly recommended!

4  Thank Julie C
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