Visiting Sukhothai was definitely a highlight of our Thailand trip! Since I’d been to Thailand before, I knew I didn’t want to spend much time in Bangkok so visiting Sukhothai was perfect for us. We had planned on taking a taxi to Victory Monument where I had researched how to catch a bus to take us there but our taxi driver offered to take us straight there, wait for us all day, and drive us home for about $80! Crowded and slow bus or a fast private taxi? TAXI, PLEASE! It ended up costing us about $10 more for the day but I think it was well worth it.
Sukhothai is about a 90 minute drive from Bangkok but you get to see some beautiful countryside along the way. Once we got there, we paid a small entrance fee and got lost in the ruins. I didn’t know Sukhothai would be so big but it was definitely a small city. We rented bikes for $2 and rode to the ruins that were further away. It was so nice to have bikes when it started to get hot outside because the airflow helped dry the sweat 😉
We adventured around for about 5 hours and then got some smoothies and had our taxi driver take us back to the hotel! We were hoping to go into downtown Bangkok towards the end of the day to see a few touristy things but our taxi driver said that everything would be closed before we could get there so we just went back and swam in our hotel pool!
10/10 Would recommend going to Ayutthaya if you have a day in Bangkok instead of seeing the Grand Palace or famous Reclining Buddha. Escape the crowds and CRAZY driving and go enjoy a nice bike ride around some ancient ruins!