Discovering cultural treasures
Sukhothai is an agricultural town, in north central Thailand, where most residents were largely involved in rice farming.
The town previously received very few tourists other than international backpackers who were drawn to Sukhothai’s heritage park, a UNESCO heritage site. The park contains 190 historical ruins from the ancient Sukhothai Kingdom, which ruled much of Thailand from 1238 to 1438. The Sukhothai Kingdom was later merged with other kingdoms to create what became Thailand. Sukhothai is credited with being the cradle of Thai culture and is, for example, where the Thai script began.
Bangkok Airways could see that Sukhothai had potential as a tourist destination. But the town had no airport and it took more than five hours to drive there from Bangkok, making it impractical for many international travellers.