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Si Satchanalai Historical Park

UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Northern Thailand in 3 Days – day 3

Si Satchanalai Historical Park, which literally means “City of Good People”, contains the ruins of the ancient town of Si Satchanalai, an important town in the Sukhothai Kingdom. It was built during the 13th to 17th centuries by the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya empires. Along with Sukhothai Historical Park and Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, it is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Thailand. So next morning, when the same motorbike taxi driver came to take me to the park. I asked him to take me around the ruins of Si Satchanalai Historical Park followed by drop at the Sawankhalok bus station from where I will take my bus back home in Phitsanulok.

Highlights of the Day

  • Wats of Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Si Satchanalai Historical Park

The park opens daily from 8 am until 5 pm.

Each zone charges an admission fee of 100 ฿.

The two important zones are:

  • Central Zone: Wat Chang Lom, Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo, Wat Nang Phaya, Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng and other temples
  • Chaliang Zone: Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Chaliang, Wat Chom Chuen, Wat Chao Chan
Beautiful roads of Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Early morning ambiance of Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Temple plan of Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Map of Si Satchanalai Historical Park

There are few more ruins in the North and South zones that you could miss.

Temples of the Park

Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo: The name means “Temple with Seven Rows of Chedis.” I found this temple very attractive with many monuments differently styled.

Front view of Wat Chedi Chet at Thaeo at Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo having a principal chedi, a viharn and maybe more than 30 subordinate chedis

Ruins of Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo at Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Looks like a unerary temple of the Si Satchanalai rulers

Wat Nang Phaya: The name of this particular Wat means “Monastery of the Queen.” It has a principal Singhalese style chedi standing on an elevated platform, though its striking feature is the well preserved Ayutthaya style plastered reliefs on a section of the viharn’s wall.

Temple complex of Wat Nang Phaya at Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Massive temple complex of Wat Nang Phaya

Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng: The name of the temple means “Holy Fire Mountain Temple.” I was really tired crossing so many stairs, 150 to be precise, to check the temple at the top.

Stairs leading to Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng at Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Almost 150 steps made of laterite blocks leading to the top of the hill, where this temple is situated, overlooking part of the ancient town

Wat Chang Lom: This is a 14th century temple meaning “Temple Surrounded by Elephants,” very similar to Wat Sorasak of Sukhothai Historical Park and Wat Chang Rob of Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park.

Wat Chang Lom at Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Wat Chang Lom with its large Singhalese style principal bell shaped chedi standing on a high, two tiered base and surrounded by large, well preserved structures of elephants

Stairs leading to the upper tier of Wat Chang Lom at Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Stairs leading to the Buddha images of Wat Chang Lom

I climbed up the stairs to enjoy the great view of the park from the second tier.

Second tier of Wat Chang Lom at Si Satchanalai Historical Park

View from the second tier of the temple

Buddha images of Wat Chang Lom at Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Mesmerizing yellow-robed Buddha images on the second tier of Wat Chang Lom

Temples of Chaliang Zone

The temples of Chaliang zone – I have heard – are very beautiful and are dated back Khmer era. They are very important temples of the park that I have missed visiting in the park due to lack of time (I had to go back to my home at Phitsanulok by noon – sorry!), so I would add their details next time I visit the park.

Let’s Wrap It Up

After the beautiful ride in and around the Si Satchanalai Historical Park, the motorbike taxi driver dropped me at Sawankhalok bus station. It is not exactly a bus station but just a spot from where buses to Phitsanulok depart. A bus ticket costs around 130 ฿. I grabbed some food for breakfast and got in the bus that left at 10 AM from Sawankhalok. It stopped at Sukhothai bus station at around 10.45 AM and finally reached Phitsanulok before noon. I took a taxi ride back home.

 NET EXPENSE FOR 1 PERSON (IN THB)

Let us have a look at the expenses of Day 3 in Thailand – Si Satchanalai.

  • Si Satchanalai to Phitsanulok: 50
  • Getting around: 40
  • Entrance fee to the park: 200
  • Motorbike Taxi in the park: 250
  • Food:  185
  • Miscellaneous: 25

Total expense (roughly): 750 THB

For an overall idea of itinerary and expense of the trip, whether for solo or couple or group of any number of people, feel free to contact me on Contact Us page. You can also have a look at UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Northern Thailand in 3 Days – Itinerary and Expenses.

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