Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Si Ratchanalai National Historic Park

The Kingdom of Sukhothai flourished between the 14th and 16th centuries and extended across the Moei, Lower Yom, Ping, Nan and Upper Pa Sak River Valleys. Sukhothai, Thailand's ancient capital city and the region's second most-important town Si Satchanalai are situated about an hour's drive apart from each other. This area was designated as a World Heritage site in 1991.

Si Satchanalai National Park has a different feel to it than Sukhothai Historical Park. The National Park's temples and sculptures are less restored and this gives you the chance to discover how these historic buildings were constructed.

The temples of the ancient city also contain many sculptures of elephants. These sculptures are very different from those found in other temples as the elephants are shown standing and they are much larger than their real life counterparts.  Several of the ancient temple areas are located on top of hills, which provide wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

The park is an ideal place to walk and hike. There are many paths located throughout the park, a few of which lead to the ancient city ruins. You can also hire a bike and cycle the paths or take a trip on the back of an elephant.

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