Founded in the 13th century, the ancient Kingdom of Sukhothai was at the heart of the Golden Age of Thai civilization when arts, culture and trade flourished. Today the lasting remains of Old Sukhothai are contained within a small UNESCO-Listed historic park and is one of the most visited ancient sites in all of Thailand. Here visitors can discover ruins of royal palaces, Buddhist Temples and the city gates and moats of the ancient kingdom, discovering the unique style of Sukhothai architecture.
Every year throngs of people head to Old Sukhothai to celebrate Loy Krathong, the festival of light, which runs over nine nights in October or November. During this time the ponds within the park are scattered with floating candles and the ruins covered in lights, giving it a truly magical feel. Every night there is a sound and light show, fireworks, parades and concerts throughout the ancient city.