Sukhothai was my next destination as I continued exploring the archeological ruins of Thailand. The name Sukhothai reportedly is derived from Sanskrit and means “Dawn of Happiness.”
The Kingdom of Sukhothai rose to prominence in the mid-13th century, and was notable for absorbing and assimilating various influences and traditions into what is today called the “Sukhothai Style” of architecture. Sukhothai eventually was absorbed by the southern Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century.
The ruins cover a vast area. Riding a rented bicycle I covered the “central” and “northern” portions today. My favorite site was Wat Phra Phai Luang, as it had only been minimally restored. I was fascinated by its weather-worn stone and brick structures.
There were no other tourists at Wat Phra Phai Luang during the time I was there. It was very peaceful.