Ancient Empires and Classic Breakdowns
Trip Start Dec 22, 2009
76Trip End Jun 22, 2010
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Getting to Sukhothai, the ancient capital of the Thai empire was simple. We ordered the taxi driver shuttle us to the bus terminal, purchased two VP bus tickets to Sukhothai and boarded out first double decker bus destination bound. On the bus we chose to sit in the downstairs quarters were a small Thai lady came by and handed us a bottled water and a bag containing breakfast/snacks for us to eat. In front was a small television showcasing strange music videos that screamed over our heads. We buckled down for our ride and found us ourselves arriving in the Sukhothai bus terminal in record time. Our trusty Tripadvisor recommended hotel, Ruen Thai, noted we could call upon arrival and they would pick us up and shuttle us to the hotel.
Upon offloading the bags we were once more pleased to see this place wasn't a shithole. On the contrary it was beautifully decorated and surrounded by lush green gardens.
Once we realized it was still quite early in the day we took to ask how we could go about maybe visiting the ruins. The young man in the front desk informed me that the ruins we broken up into three sets, the main ruins being held in the central area. We concluded that we could actually cover some ground and see something with what remained of the day. Here's how it went: take hotel shuttle to bus stop, here flat bed pick-up truck with a roof and backseat benches awaits you and drives you across the city to the old ruins on the other side of town.
We both board our beach cruisers and set for the ruins. Within minutes of riding we arrive at the front where we are asked to purchase our tickets, 100 baht to see the central ruins and 15baht for bringing in your bike . With our tickets we set towards the nearby ruins which can be seen in the not so far distance. A couple more pedals and we are there! Wow, this place is incredible we are surrounded by ancient red brick walls and enormous Buddha statues. This place is a breath of fresh air in the midst of all of the ruins we'd been seeing for the last 3 weeks. We take to see everything recommended and make a couple of rounds on the bikes. Upon exhausting what there is to see in the central ruins we decide we will see the remaining sights tomorrow before heading to our next destination. We return our bikes and board another truck back to the city, at the end of the route we get dropped off and loose our way back to the hotel. After making way across multiple blocks and asking several people to help direct us we step into a squeaky clean internet café to look it up on google maps. Before we knew it we were offered a ride by the kind owners who proudly stated we were some of their first customers as they had just opened the café on that very same day. After riding for less than five minutes we realized we were just 2 blocks shy of the hotel…A cool dip in the swimming pool later we headed down for a delcious meal of green curry and before calling it a night.
The next morning we lazily rolled out of bed and prepared to check out before breakfast. Fresh fruit, delicious breads and thai noodles, yes please!