Out the door at 6am for our 7am bus to Sukhothai.
Breakfast of croissant and banana cake was waffled down in the first hour of 5, on our way to Sukhothai.
Arrived as planned at midday and dropped in the 'Old (rather than New) City' of Sukhothai. The Lonely planet guide only gives recommendations about the New Sukhothai and explains that it is just a 20 minute Tuk-Tuk to the historical (old) city.
With little time to spare on our route, and no desire to see the New City, we had to fend for ourselves without the 'bible' for the night.
We quickly found a very quirky, ancient guesthouse. Aptly named 'Old City Guesthouse'. A comparison of the room prices and we were in; now king and queen of living without air-con or a hot shower, we chose option one, the cheapest at £5.50.
Bags dumped, mozzy net erected and todays return of the sun tan lotion applied (as a scorchio 33 degrees was awaiting us) and we were ready to hit the ruins. Well... just after we had some lunch; more pad thai, chicken noodles and rice.
Sukhothai (meaning 'rising happiness') is ranked as a world heritage site. The ancient kingdom is accessible by any one of four gateways and across two moats. Once inside the walls the remains of 21 historical buildings can be explored by foot, car, motor bike or as we did, by bicycle. Two bikes rented at a dollar a piece we had 5 hours to explore at our leisure. Words cannot sum up what we saw today. I can show you the pictures, or you can google it, but in all honesty you really need to see it and walk around it for yourselves.
Out of the park and into exploring the old city with a few hours of our rental to spare.
The roads are lined with traditional wooden Thai houses perched on their skinny stilts, with local kids running to the roadside shouting 'hallo!' as we pedalled on by. That is, apart from one kid, who I am 99% positive shouted 'hallo gringos!', the little w***, Haha!
A cool coffee hut found out in the suburbs, meant it was time for an iced tea break. Then back to drop off the bikes and spruce up for dinner!
Spotted whilst out peddling was that ever so familiar market scene, found in almost every village, town, and city since being in Asia.
Street food on tonight's menus started with BBQ pork and chicken skewers, followed by Sukhothai's version of Pho (beef or pork, glass noodle soup). The third course was found whilst actually hunting down dessert; BBQ'd Spicy Thai sausage! Then for dessert; 10 mini sugar donuts and 10 mini custard donuts!!!
Tonight's feed took a whopping $4 (£2.60) from our budget!
Today was quoted by Siobhan as: "One of the best days since being in Asia" :)