A Journey To: Sukhothai – Wat Mahathat

Thailand is a country of incredible beauty, culture and history and in this first instalment of A Journey To, we’ll be setting off to the stunning capital of the ancient Sukhothai Kingdom, a UNESCO world heritage site. My wife and I visited Sukhothai in 2011 and stayed for 4 days which was enough time to really get to know the area and explore the hundreds of ancient ruins which dot the landscape. I would recommend spending at least a couple days exploring the site with either a bicycle or scooter – although you can also hire a private tour guide to show you around. For accommodation, there are several options to choose from. You can head back to the new city of Sukhothai, or, stay in one of many smaller guesthouses that surround the old town. We stayed at Thai Thai Sukhothai Guesthouse which was excellent, and only a 5 minute scooter ride from the centre of the old town – where your journey into this part of Thai history begins.

Because the park is such an immense size (over 190 ruins on 70 square kilometres!), I’ll first start off by showing you one of the most impressive and majestic ruins, Wat Mahathat. Most structures date from the 13th and 14th centuries and have been carefully restored or preserved by the Thai government with help from the international community.

The photos below are of the main temple Wat Mahathat which is located approximately at the centre of the ruins.  I originally processed these photos in black and white and although they had a certain imposing feel, I decided to leave them as-is for this post as the colours were really quite striking – especially the purplish – blue tones of the clouds.

Dusk WM

My wife using the Voigtlander Vito IIa

My wife using the Voigtlander Vito IIa

Her shot. Not bad at all!

Her shot. Not bad at all!