New Sukhothai – budget
There are a number of cheap places to stay at to choose from in the new city but we particularly recommend 4T Guesthouse, Sila Resort and TR Guesthouse.
4T Guesthouse has been built in a bungalow type way and includes a pool, a restaurant (well, rather a mediocre one, but still) and is set in a quiet setting with the cheapest rooms starting roughly from THB300. For THB600 you have a huge family bungalow with one king-size and one ordinary bed with en-suit bathroom and a very spacious terrace – it is probably the best deal ever you can find for this money not only in Sukhothai but in the whole Thailand!
Sila Resort is just a stone’s throw away from the bus station in New Sukhothai and you can get free pick up from and to the bus station. They also provide free transportation to the old city and the rooms are clean and have air-con. There is also a restaurant at the resort and they have free bikes to use with the price starting from THB230.
We included TR Guesthouse as we knew some people staying there and they said that you can get air-con rooms with private showers and bathrooms, free WIFI and have motorbikes for rent. The ultra friendly staff give out excellent advice and sort your daily needs and the price starts from THB300.
For a bit more – THB450 – you can get a simple wooden bungalow at Ban Thai Guesthouse which has a winning location close to the night market and just off Route 12 to the Old City but in a Quiet soi. They also have a primitive kids’ playground which may be of interest for those travelling with the little ones.
If you want ultra cheap places, try the New City Guesthouse and Le Sukhothai, which offer rooms for less than THB300.
New Sukhothai – mid-range
For midrange options in the new city, we advise Lotus Village, which is found right in the heart of the new area. All of the rooms are spacious and clean with air con, have balconies and are surrounded by elegant gardens and ponds. The friendly owners can sort out trips and transportation for you with prices starting from THB800.
Hotel Sawasdipong is another good choice in New Sukhothai as it has air con rooms, bar fridges, TVs and has a restaurant and the THB500 price tag also includes breakfast for two.
New Sukhothai – top end
If you want to stay away from the noise and dust of New Sukhothai, consider Mountain View Guesthouse, which offers clean and spacious rooms, a swimming pool and breakfast for around THB1000-1300. It is located close to the Southern zone of the historical park in a very quiet area.
Old Sukhothai – budget
If you are looking for a cheap place to stay in the old part then really your only option is Old City Guesthouse but don’t expect to be blown away as it is very simple with fans, beds and warm water with prices starting at THB200.
Old Sukhothai – mid-range
There are a good amount of mid range places with our favourites being Thai Thai Sukhothai Guesthouse, which has classy bungalow-styled guesthouses with air con and garden views and is only a few minutes away from restaurants and the historical park.
Other places we suggest in this bracket include Vieng Tawan Guesthouse for around THB700, the Scent of Sukhothai for THB1200 and the Orchid Hibiscus Guesthouse for THB1000.
Old Sukhothai – Top end
There are also some luxury hotels to select from and we give Legendha Resort the nod for being one of the best. The villas have been built in traditional Thai-style with the bigger buildings mimicking 19th century Thai palaces. All rooms are air-con, large and clean and include beautiful décor, a TV, a bar fridge and WIFI. The resort is a winner for the romantic couples as there is a large saltwater swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Thai massage and a restaurant. Also worth mentioning is that there are daily Thai traditional dancing rehearsals at the place and the guests are welcome to attend for free. Prices start around THB2000.
There are other luxury places to check out like Sukhothai Treasure Resort and Tharaburi Resort.
Sukhothai station guide
Sukhothai - Bus
Sukhothai is a small but historically relevant city in the north of Thailand just over 400kms from Bangkok. The city is popular among tourists because it is a former Thai capital and still houses ruins from the ancient city nearby. These cover a large area and can be toured by bicycle.
There are regular buses from Bangkok’s Mochit station, with the journey lasting about seven hours. Buses from Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok and Mae Sot also run frequently. Given the popularity of this tranquil northern Thai town, it’s always a good idea to purchase bus tickets online beforehand.
The bus station itself is around two-and-a-half kilometres from the main tourist area. A songthaew into the centre will only cost 40 baht, while there is also the option of taking a motorized trishaw for a little more. There is a small bus stop in the old city but not all buses stop there, so travellers should ask first if they are hoping to be dropped off here.
The terminus is typical of a Thai town of this size. There are a number of vendors selling food and drinks as well as some local restaurants in the vicinity. Other amenities such as ticket booths and toilets are also situated by the main waiting area.
There are a few guesthouses just outside the bus station, although it would be advisable to search the web to check the standard of them beforehand. There may be better options in the main tourist area of the city, where there is a reasonable selection of places to stay and to eat.
There is also a daily flight from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport for anyone wanting to do a quick in-out visit. The flight leaves early in the morning and returns mid-afternoon, meaning that it would be possible to have a quick tour of this picturesque town and make it back to the capital in the same day.
Sawankhalok - Bus
Sawankhalok is a small town and district in the far north of Sukhothai province. It lies just to the west of Route 101. Sawankhalok is ideally situated for travellers who wish to visit the famous historical temple complex at Sukhothai, 40 kilometres away.
The town has its own, well preserved train station which is served by one train per day from Bangkok. It is about 90 kilometres north of the important railway junction at Phitsanulok on the Bangkok-Chiang Mai mainline. There is a small airport located 11 kilometres from Sawankhalok which is used by travellers wishing to fly directly to the historical site at Sukhothai.
Sawankhalok bus terminal is situated some way east of the town centre on Charotwithithong Road. From here it is possible to take a shared taxi into the town centre. Buses operate from here to Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit) in the morning and evening each day. Avoid disappointment by making use of an online booking service. Buses depart hourly for Sukhothai from 6:00 until 18:00. Travel time is 45 minutes.
Two popular choices for accommodation in the town are Baan Nakhaow Guest House and Swankaburi Boutique Hotel. The town’s National Museum houses artefacts dating back 700 years. The River Yom runs through the centre of the town.
Ban Dan Lan Hoi - Bus
The gateway to Ramkhamhaeng National Park, Ban Dan Lan Hoi is a town in northern Thailand’s Sukhothai province, some 370kms from Bangkok. An air-conditioned overnight bus leaves Bangkok’s Mochit terminal for Ban Dan Lan Hoi every night, arriving at the town’s bus station five hours later.
Ban Dan Lan Hoi’s bus station is just off of Highway 12 and next to the Lan Hoi Supermarket. A handful of ATMs are close by as well as a 7-Eleven for grabbing a quick snack. There are a few places to stay in the area, such as Banmo Resort Sukhothai, Tharaburi Resort and Le Charme.
Kong Krailat - Bus
Sukhothai province's southeast Kong Krailat district is located about 18kms from the province's namesake ancient city. The nearest major bus station to Kong Krailat is situated in the more modern city of Sukhothai. It takes about 10 hours to make the less than 430km journey from Bangkok's Mochit terminal to Sukhothai. There is also direct bus service from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai and Phitsanulok.
There isn't much to do in Kong Krailat apart from sampling the local crispy square, round, or rolled snacks. Therefore, most visitors head directly to the ancient city of Sukhothai, Siam's 13th century capital. Sukhothai Historical Park, which contains most of the preserved monuments and temples from the city's glory years, is situated 12kms west of modern Sukhothai, whose hotels include Lotus Village and the budget Sila Resort.
Sawankhalok - train
Sawankhalok Line is a branch railway that splits from Chiang Mai Main Line and ends at Sawankhalok. There are three major stations along this line: Sawankhalok, Ban Dara Junction, Khlong Maphlap.
Sawankhalok station is an inter-city rail, it has 3 stations and first opened its operations on 15 August 1910.