From Chiang Mai to Sukhothai
I was really happy we woke up early and went to Wat Phra that Doi Suthep, it was totally worth the effort. We returned to the guesthouse, finished packing and took a tuk-tuk to the bus station. Taking a tuk-tuk is a whole bargaining exercise, as soon as they see a foreigner they jack up the prices, so you have to bargain aggressively. It may not be a lot when you think about it, but 50 cents here and there, can really add up in 4 months.
We arrived at the bus station a little bit early, so we had to wait for a while. I entertained myself shopping at the little store. I bought some snacks and drinks for the trip and also found a little tiny Vick’s vapor rub ointment, which I used a lot the rest of the trip. We also spotted a nice V.I.P. area with yellow seats. … reserved for monks only.
The bus ride was about 6 hours and we arrived around 9pm to old Sukhothai. I was concerned about arriving to a new place that late, but the bus dropped us off right in front of our guesthouse, really convenient. We stayed at the Old City Guesthouse for about $13 per night, the room was surprisingly good. It was clean, had aircon, a nice bathroom and we were given free bottles of water. You can see my review on Tripadvisor.
We were hungry, so we headed to the Coffee Cup restaurant, one of the 4 restaurants located on the road within walking distance from the guesthouse. The menu was extensive and the food was very affordable (about $1.5 per dish). We tried Sukhothai Noodle soup, golden cups, and sticky rice with mango for dessert. The food was delicious.