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    Sukhothai from Bangkok

    Hello,

    I'm visiting Thailand for the first time in November. What's the best way to get from Bangkok to Sukhothai? I'd like to spend a couple days there photographing the temples before heading up to Chiang Mai. FYI: I don't want to rent a car.

    Also, any recommendations for guides?

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    Mark

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    Not wanting to rent a car then rent a taxi

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    Check Bangkok Airways, I think they fly in and out of Sukhothai.

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    Don't even think of renting a car here, especially if you've never been to Thailand before. Forget the lecture about safety; driving here is just not a whole lot of fun, even if you manage to pull it off without an accident, which is less than likely.

    There is air service between Bangkok and Sukhothai, but my suggestion would be to take a bus, which are very economical, cheap and usually survivable if not safe. Sukhothai is about a 6-8 hour bus ride from Bangkok

    If Sukhothai interests you, Ayuthiuda (spelling?) also would be worth seeing. The Orchid Hotel in downtown Sukhothai is very cheap (about 500 Baht a night) but quite pleasant and in the middle of town. The ancient stuff is about 10 kilometers out of town, but there are plenty of cheap taxis available both ways.

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    Get the train to Pitsanalok then find your way from there. Several trains and types of service. Its about a 6 hour ride. The bus from there is another hour.

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    Welcome Olwick

    Seems that there is so much to see in between BKK, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai and the various scenic routes getting there and back.
    Then there is Phanom Rung which is also highly rated by quite a few on this forum - but it is a good day-and-a-half drive away from central Thailand

    Looking for adventure??
    Stay 3 night in BKK find a nice girl who speaks sufficient english, pay her to come along, rent a taxi (the rates are usually hanging on the back seat) and "enjoy the ride"

    Otherwise.......trains and buses - does the P'lok train go via Auutthaya??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Custard
    Stay 3 night in BKK find a nice girl who speaks sufficient english, pay her to come along
    And be looked down upon by every Thai you meet along the way, as the will be able to spot a mile off that you have just rented her company out of a bar and will just think you are another scum sex tourist here to take advantage of the young folk who are forced by poverty to be abused by wretched beings from overseas.


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    ^^ Let's assume Olwick is not 5'2' tall, no one will look down on him and by nice we could suggest, as an alternative, he starts by checking out sites like:
    Thailand Private Guides & Private Guided Tours in Thailand | Viator

    Travelling Thailand independently (as in any other country) is OK but with a tour guide you see and understand a whole lot more and not end up doing tours of BKK Wats in a Tuk Tuk buying gems on some auspicious day when some one has decreed there is no tax to be paid (or some other scam like that).

    But be warned Olwick by our friend Mr Noodles comments , whether it be a guy or a gal you might choose to take with you as a paid tour guide you' may still be considered a "wretched being from overseas".

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles
    who are forced by poverty
    Socal says that's a myth, so why are you making stuff up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Custard View Post
    Welcome Olwick
    Otherwise.......trains and buses - does the P'lok train go via Auutthaya??
    Yes, it does.

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    I always rent a car and find driving in Thailand very easy, the road over all are better than those in Australia. It is an advantage to get a GPS with your car, the cost is minimal.

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