The charming 15th century ruins of this town (and of Si Satchanalai, another one a little further north) are set in a large park that blends into the green of the surrounding hills. As you would expect, it’s all about Buddhist temples and monasteries, stupas of all shapes, sitting, standing, walking Buddhas…. The kingdom of Sukhothai rose after a weakening of the Khmer, only to disappear again with the rise of Siam (with its capital at Ayuthaya). Some Buddhas here show strong feminine features: they represent the enlightened Buddha.

Si Satchanalai
Si Satchanalai

Now I’m in Bangkok again, travelling south. On the Kao San I run into a guy I have already met twice in India and then in Laos. Such a small world…

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