Sukhothai was the capital on the once mighty Kingdom of Siam, which flourished in the 13th and 14th centuries. This prosperous period is considered the golden age of Thai civilization. Today, all that remains of the kingdom is the 45 sq km historical park that contains the ruins of ancient sites.
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We were fortunate to be visiting In Dain during a festival. People traveled from villages all over the Inle lake region to congregate at the temple. Women got dressed up in their finest garb; men set up the family shrine and sat back and had drinks with their friends; while kids ran around in excitement. The mood was festive. As the afternoon approached, the sound of the drums got louder. Monks from all around came and joined the procession going from the top of the temple down to the market area. As they walked by, bowls of alms filled with rice are offered to the Buddhist monks, some of whom are quite young.