Truly one of the most rewarding experience we have ever had. Instead of riding elephants or watching them do tricks like caged animals, you care for rescued elephants-- feeding them, bathing them, etc. These are incredible creatures and the workers at Patara understand and respect them. Must go!
Sukhothai was the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries. It has a number of fine monuments, illustrating the beginnings of Thai architecture. One of 5 World Heritage Sites in Thailand!