Thailand, for so many reasons, as its slogan says - is really amazing. With all its endless night life in Bangkok (which I have yet to experience), it's palatable spicy dishes, the white sand beaches, artistic Buddhist temples, natural parks, it's unique culture and the list goes on and on actually.
For another reason, this Buddhist country is amazing to discover because of its ancient history reflected by the remnants of its old civilization cradled in its ancient cities like Sukothai - a former capital of Thailand that lies in the lower north of the country and is a UNESCO protected site.
Its history dates back in 1238 that goes through a lot of transitions and what remains now are the ruins of old Buddhist temples, gigantic images of Hindu and Buddhist deities which connects any visitor with Thailand's historical past. All these are enclosed in a historical park, with five zones covering 100 sites.
I was invited by a couple of photography enthusiasts for a sunset shooting session. Though I was hesitant, as I had never practiced my hand for photography, I took the chance to travel with Click Art and his friend Shella. Ate Cel was with us too. As the idea was to capture the sunset, we tried to reach the place as planned but we were delayed for a little while so we missed the majestic showdown of the mighty sun. We thought, we could never have great shots but we were totally wrong because as the night eventually fell and the lights in the park were lit, the two camera pros just got what they wanted - perfect spots and views.
I tried to use my cam too but I just got fail one after the other. Nonetheless, I was glad I took the invite because I enjoyed the view in the early evening in Sukothai and somehow learned some tips from the cam masters I was with.
- October is a good time to visit because the weather starts to cool down.
- November is an even better time because of Loy Khratong Festival, although celebrated all over the country, the celebration is still different in Sukothai because this festivity actually originates from here.
- Flights from Bangkok to Sukothai are available daily.
- Bus travel is also recommended to those who want to enjoy the countryside scenery while going there. Buses are traveling daily with an estimated travelling time of 6-7 hours.