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It also reinforces social hierarchy in terms of unequal religious merit, thereby justifying the Sukhothai monarchy. RAMKAMHAENG’S STONE INSCRIPTION In an inscription of 1292, King Ramkhamhaeng gives a picture of his kingdom as idyllic and free of constraints, and of himself as a benevolent patriarch: In the time of King Ramkhamhaeng this land of Sukhothai is thriving. There are fish in the water and rice in the fields…whoever wants to trade in elephants, does so; whoever wants to trade in horses, does so;…if any commoner in the land has a grievance…it is easy; he goes and strikes the bell which the King has hung there; King Ramkhamhaeng…hears the call; he goes and questions the man, examines the case, and decides it justly for him.
Continue north to Sukhothai (Click here), which is considered the first Thai kingdom and is the best preserved of Thailand’s ancient ruins. Nearby is Si Satchanalai-Chaliang Historical Park (Click here), another collection of ruins set in the countryside. Take an overnight bus to Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat; Click here), a good launching point for the Angkor-era ruins at Phimai (Click here). Follow the Angkor trail east to Buriram Province where an extinct volcano is topped by the temple complex of Phanom Rung (Click here), the most important and visually impressive of the Angkorean temples in Thailand.
More mountains await northwards in Chiang Dao (Click here), Pai’s more sober sister. Then take the backdoor to Chiang Rai by busing to Fang (Click here) and zig-zagging up the mountain ridge to Mae Salong (Click here), a Yunnanese tea settlement. Slide into Chiang Rai (Click here), which has a socially conscious trekking industry run by hill-tribe cooperatives and hill-tribe homestays. Return to beginning of chapter TAILORED TRIPS Return to beginning of chapter SOUTHERN COMFORT & CULTURE You might come to southern Thailand to recharge your vitamin D reserves on the powdery beaches but take some time to savour southern Thai culture, which has been spiced by ancient traders from China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia.