King Ramkhamhaeng’s stone inscription is not the only evidence of the rich cultural heritage left behind by the ancient Sukhothai civilization. While over 700 years have passed, the root of the kingdom’s arts, language, culture and traditions can still be seen by taking a look into the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the original area.
Sukhothai’s old community today has enough to satisfy any tourist or weekend visitor, offering a fascinating insight into what life was like in the past. Traditional Sangkhalok pottery, carved wooden birds and Buddha images, as well as locally popular sweets like Khao Tak Nga – roasted pounded sticky rice with sugarcane syrup – are as readily available as they ever were. Residents still practice traditional Sukhothai and Burmese dances passed on to them by their ancestors.
In some ways, exploring this part of Thailand is similar to delving into an interesting history book or documentary. But instead of being sat at home or in a library, you’ll be learning about ancient civilization and the local’s well-preserved traditions first-hand, which is always going to be more rewarding and insightful.