Sukhothai used to be the thriving capital of Thailand in the 12th century, but now it’s a UNESCO world heritage site, and a true eco-tourism gem.
Sukhothai was chosen to be one of four focus cities for Thailand’s 7 Green’s Project, and it’s easy to see why. The city ruins sit in a beautiful park lush with tropical vegetation. Cycle by crumbling ancient temples or walk by the many astounding statues and other relics of history. The park is kept well, and the ruins are in great conditions.
As if ruins weren’t a good enough reason to visit, there are also lots of cycling tours available, which will take you through the Thai countryside where you can learn about the local agriculture from, well, the locals.
Even the Sukhothai airport is a strong testament to the city’s eco-attitude. Keeping with the theme of the ancient site, the airport is modeled after Siamese pagodas, like the ones that would have actually been found in 12-14th century Sukhothai. Bangkok airways also grows organic rice from the surrounding land that is actually served on flights.
This city is an excellent choice for one of the focal point locations of the 7 Green’s project. The project will help provide opportunity for increased economic stimulation, and reinforce a focus on sustainability in the area.
“Sukhothai The Glory of the Past.” Tourism Authority of Thailand. Tourism Authority of Thailand. Web. 6 Sept. 2015.
Cover photo credit: “Sukhothai Historical Park” by Paulrudd – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sukhothai_Historical_Park.jpg#/media/File:Sukhothai_Historical_Park.jpg
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