Morning visit to Sukhothai Historical Park and travelling to Lop Buri
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December 2nd, 2009 – by: sshaunaa
My stopover in Sukhothai was to visit the historical park, which is about 45 square kilometres. The park's divided up into sections, and I visited the two more popular, the central and north sections. My guide book recommended hiring a bicycle for 30 baht, which were located across the street from where the share "taxi" dropped us off.
I arrived around 8:30 and was on my way out of the city a couple hours later. I remember reading how you could easily spend a day there, but I'm not exactly sure what you'd be doing. I had fun riding my bike around the central zone, and then onto the main road to try to figure out how to get to the northern section, and then a quick jaunt through the northern bit, but after a couple hours, I was ruined-out.
Saying that, the giant buddhas were pretty cool, but it was very difficult to picture what the area looked like 800 years ago. Still a good time though. Maybe having someone with you would make it a bit more fun. Hmmmmm.
To leave the park, I jumped into one of the shared "buses?" and the driver proceeded to drive 15 km/hr for the 13km journey back into town. I thought maybe he was driving so slow because he was mad he only had me as his only passenger, but as we picked up passengers and dropped them off, he still drove soooo slowly.
The bus from Sukhothai left for Phitsanulok and took about an hour.
Arriving in Phitsanulok I thought I'd take the train instead of the bus because the train station in Lop Buri is central in the town and the bus station is located outside a bit. Also, typically, I enjoy trains more than buses, but not this time! The best part though was the ride to the train station. For 60 baht, a guy drove me on his motorcycle. He had my big backpack between his knees and the steering wheel, himself, then me wearing my smaller backpack. Being a passenger on a motorcycle swerving through the city streets was definitely the most exhilarating taxi method so far. Oh and he had a helmet and I didn't haha
The train was a "rapid" train, which I decided to wait for an hour and a half to catch because it would still make it into Lop Buri before the regular train that was leaving in a half hour.
Finally, I arrived in Lop Buri!
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