Have just spent the day going round Sukkothai's historical park. It is really quite impressive and very atmospheric. Enough of it had been renovated to give you the understanding of how it might of looked in the 12h and 13th centuries but with enough left unfinished so that your imagination could do the rest. It was also a lot quieter than we could of hoped for which added to the atmosphere.
My favourite site was Wat Mahathat as it had some particularly beautiful statues and was being used for services and meditation as we walked round. We had a thorough look round the Wat's in the central, Northern and western sites which were all quite different to each other.
As we had hired a bike so had the flexibility of going where we wanted so we stopped on the way back to our guest house at Wat Kaw Thrung, known as the Learning Garden. It contained 100 images that a monk had seen in a series of dreams. It was all quite surreal and made more so because the place was completely deserted. It looked like it would benefit from a bit of TLC but was quite strangely fascinating.
On Monday 18th we took the bike out to Si Satchanali to look at another ancient site that had also previously been a capital city, lived in by the King prior to Sukkothai in the 12th century. The historical park was even quieter that Sukkothai and we saw a total of only 12 other visitors in the time we were there.
We had a look round a number of interesting sites finding as much shade as we could as the day got progressively hotter. Noteable sites on the way home including motor bikes being driven over a rickety bridge marked, dangerous, do not use, amusing town names and a huge golden standing Buddha at a temple that had no one else at it except for one old lady and a dog. All in all a good but long day out, especially as we had gone so far on a "step through" and that I was coping with the last of my upset stomach.