|Sukhothai is a smallish city (<40 thousand people) famous for ruins dating back from the 13th century when it was the first capital of the first Thai kingdom.
We spent several fun days in this town. It helped that we found an excellent guesthouse and happened to be in town while there was a large, youth sports festival happening. Apparently sports, martial arts and dance teams were in town from across Thailand for a week of competition. There were lots of adorable kids on stage dancing in traditional costumes and a food festival was held along the river. Extended families were together celebrating and enjoying the festivities. It was a fantastic event to experience.
To see the ruins, which are fairly spread out, we rented a motorbike. John is becoming quite adept at operating scooters through tricky traffic and swears he wants one when we get home. In any case, had a very enjoyable day visiting more than a dozen ruins which were virtually empty of other tourists. While the sites are quite well preserved and impressive in their own right, we did have to remind ourselves not to make (unfair) comparisons to the more ambitious scale and detail found at Angkor Wat.