Sukhothai, in North Central Thailand, was the country’s first capital city, reigning from 1238 until 1438. The time of the Sukhothai kingdom was the golden age of Thai civilization in respect to architecture and art (mostly religious). The styles which have since been designated as ‘classic Thai’ flourished most during this period.
Now, the ancient ruins of the old city comprise a UNESCO world heritage historical park. Walking through the crumbling remains of the once prosperous city with the heavy Thai heat pressing into you is a surreal experience. A warm breeze blows peacefully through enormous buddha statues and geometric brick foundations and you can just barely imagine the ruins as they once were, the city in it’s glory.