Si Satchanalai – Thailand’s Overlooked Ancient City

Flocks of tourists descend upon the ancient capitals of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai – and rightly so, as the ruins are extensive and fascinating to explore – but if you want a peaceful, evocative interaction with the past, Si Satchanalai is an often overlooked site in central Thailand, an easy day trip bus ride from Sukhothai. The city was once a bustling trade center under the aegis of Sukhothai in the 13th century and today encompasses a shady park of the surviving temple ruins, an ancient staircase climbs to hill temples that crumble into the forest, and an elephant temple with various stages of decaying pachyderms ringing the temple walls. Go in the rainy season and you’re likely to have the park of ruined temples all to yourself, except for the quiet back roads of the nearby village.

My collection of photos from Si Satchanalai Historical Park are some of my favorites from Thailand. To view the slideshow, click on the link.

Si Satchanalai

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About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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