It’s easy to get sensory overload when you arrive in Thailand for the first time. The spicy aroma of food hit me first, and before I’d even left the airport building. I drooled involuntarily 🙂 Then there are the sights and kaleidoscopic colour, especially the Temples. One for every two villages, our tour guide told me a few days later. The vibrant and elaborate decor can be a lot to take in, which made it easy to immerse myself in Sukhotai, an amazing old city at the gateway to northern Thailand. Standing in these evocative, towering ruins (which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991), I could easily imagine life in the ancient Kingdom of Sukhothai – the golden age of Thai civiliation that spanned the 13th and 14th centuries. The cultural and architectural influence of neighbouring countries is also apparent in the remains of what is now affectionately referred to as the “old city” – about 45 sq km of partially rebuilt and restored ruins.