Sukhothai is a historic place to visit in Thailand with a range of accommodation options. Amy from Temple Seeker shares her experience at the Pottery Street House Sukhothai in this detailed review.
Located close to the Old Town of Sukhothai is the homely and welcoming Pottery Street House. It’s a mid-range family-run guest house with breakfast provided, and is very close to Sukhothai Historical Park which is home to some of the most beautiful ancient Buddhist temples in the world and is one of the best places to visit in Thailand.
The Pottery Street house is excellent value for money and is highly rated on booking.com for location and cleanliness. The Pottery Street house is the perfect place to stay for anyone looking for an authentic Thai experience in a family-run guest house.
Most visitors to Sukhothai are there for the historical park, so it’s important that you distinguish between Old Town Sukhothai and New Sukhothai. Stay near the Old Town for the ancient Buddha Park – this is where the Pottery Street House is. You won’t need to travel far to Sukhothai Historical Park from there. New Sukhothai (Sukhothai Thai) is about 12km miles to the East and if you are there for the Pottery Street house and the Historical Park then make sure that you get off your bus at Old Sukhothai. The Pottery Street house is just a short tuk-tuk ride from there.
Sukhothai Historical Park is less than 1 km from the Pottery Street House. The nearest airport is Sukhothai, 35km away, and the Pottery Street House offers a paid airport shuttle service. Most people travel North to Chiang Mai or South to Bangkok by bus.
The rooms at the Pottery Street house were clean, spacious and comfortable. All rooms have an en suite bathroom and a TV. They offer free WI-FI which is great for travellers and bloggers to catch up with their online work and check in with friends and family back at home. All rooms also have air-con and their own balcony with outdoor furniture.
Prices were very reasonable at the Pottery Street house – around £25 per night. There are variations of rooms to suit different budgets including a budget room and a large room with two double beds (family rooms). Prices will vary slightly depending on the time of year and the season, but overall it works out to be excellent value for money.
A traditional Thai breakfast with noodles, beansprouts or omelette and Thai fruits was displayed outside in the morning and this was included in the room price.
The Old Pottery Street House is perfect for both solo travellers and couples exploring central Thailand. As I solo traveller, I particularly found it welcoming as a family-run business – Mike and his sister Usa gave me a wonderful welcome and helped me to organise everything, including a private electric bike with a driver for the historical park the next day. I also got to meet Usa’s son and their gorgeous dog, Brownie!
At one point Usa and her son (and the dog!) joined me at a local outdoor restaurant where we shared a lovely traditional Thai meal. I really felt at home there.
They also helped me with my onward journey to Bangkok by not just helping me to book the ticket but walking me to the correct bus stop on my day of travel. You can’t get better customer service than that!
As well as the lovely rooms and great facilities, you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that this house still functions as an active pottery house. All members of the family make and glaze/paint their own pottery and you can watch them in action. Be sure to leave a little room in your bag for some authentic Thai pottery to take home – it makes the perfect souvenir. And if you are feeling confident, why not ask if you can have a go yourself?!
The Pottery Street House now offers cooking classes as an additional experience, so book this if you want to shop at the local markets and learn how to make traditional Thai food.
The Pottery Street house also has bikes for their guests to rent which can come in handy if you are eager to cycle through the historical park. But be prepared to cover a lot of ground – the park itself is quite vast and so you will need to be relatively fit!
The most fabulous thing about the Pottery Street House is its close proximity to Sukhothai Historical Park. Sukhothai Historical Park is an ancient city that used to be the capital of Northern Thailand ‘Sukhothai’ in the 13th – 14th Centuries. Close to 200 ancient temples were uncovered there and reconstructed.
You are recommended to spend a full day in the historical park and hire a bike or an electric vehicle with a driver. No motorised vehicles are allowed inside the historic park and so you won’t be able to go in with a tuk-tuk. It’s a good idea to go early in the morning for the main temples including Wat Mahatat, Wat Is Sawai, Wat Tra Phang Ngoen, Wat Sa Is and Wat Si Chum. Have a rest in the afternoon and then head to see some of the smaller outlier temples in the evening as the sun goes down.
The Pros and Cons of the Pottery Street House
- Authentically Thai with friendly staff who will show you the pottery
- Spacious and clean rooms
- Excellent value
- Fast WIFI
- Breakfast included
- Bike rental available
- Close to Sukhothai Historical Park
- Extra additional services – laundry and airport shuttle
- No Pool
- No Bar
- Not suitable for those wanting to explore New Sukhothai
Overall, the Pottery Street House is the perfect place to stay for those on a mid-range budget looking for history, culture and an authentic Thai experience.
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