Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Sri Satchanalai (National Park)

Sukhothai is generally recognised as a place of historical significance. However, it is also home to a very beautiful National Park. Sri Satchanalai National Park is around 300 acres of flowers, greenery and wildlife with mountains throughout the parks length. One of the focal points of the park is Tad Dao – a 40-meter high waterfall. Others are Kang Kao cave, Tad Dean Waterfall and Pong Nam Dean. The one of the highest peaks in the park is Wang Chang which offers some tremendous views from its summit. The park also houses a number of ruins, comparable to those available at Sukothai Historical Park, although of another era. Although a World Heritage site like Sukothai Historical Park, Sri Satchanalai’s ruins are not as well restored, but this adds to the its charm and authentic feel. Some of the key sites to visit inside the park include:

• Wat Chang Lom
• Wat Khao Phanon Phloeng
• Wat Chedi Jet Thaew
• Wat Nang Phaya
• Wat Phra Si Ratanan Mahatat
• Wat Chao Chan
• Chaliang - an ancient city to the southeast of the park with two temples

Details: The park is open 08:00 to 18:00 and admission is 40 Baht. If you are have a vehicle you will be charged for that, too. The fees are 40 Baht for a car, 30 Baht for a motorcycle and 10 Baht for a bicycle.

How to get there: The following buses will get you there from Sukothai town:

Bus number: 27B

Air-conditioned Bus Number: 38B

You will need to ask the driver to drop you off so give him/her this:

Sri Satchanalai National Park written in Thai

Sri Satchanalai National Park
P.O.Box 10 Tambol Bannkang
Amphur Sri Satchanalai
Sukothai Province
Tel: (055) 619-214-5

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