After leaving the Sukhothai World Heritage site, we headed north to another, related set of ruins called Si Satchanalai. On the way, we passed an amazing and very large golden Buddha on the roadside. This is new. Just after leaving here, we were saddened to come across a particularly nasty road accident with at least two dead bodies covered on the verge and a large crowd gathered around the vehicle which was completely trashed. We have generally found the driving much improved since we last visited..the increase in road usage seems to have brought more order and predictability.
The site of Si Satchanalai is perhaps even more beautiful than Sukhothai as it is more remote and set in amongst hills and forests. These 11th-13th Century ruins receive few visitors and indeed we only saw 5 people, two of whom were cheery monks who wanted to be photographed with us.
The large stone columns are what once supported the roofs of the temples and it seems amazing that they are still standing given the climate. There are also some interesting kilns as this area was once famed for its production of quality pottery and sold throughout Asia and China. There were once 200 kilns dotted along the riverside.
It was great wandering around the ruins, finding fragments of glazed pottery and vases, left untouched amongst the ruins although I felt quite ignorant about the finds as there were few explanations of what was what, apart from an excellent visitor centre with examples of finds, many originals of which are now housed in Bangkok's main museums.