Located 450km from Bangkok on the banks of the Yom river, the new town of Sukhothai has little to interest most visitors.
However, the ancient city of Sukhothai, 12km to the west has a great deal to offer those interested in historical sites. This was Thailand's capital city from the mid-13th century to the late 14th century. In its heyday the Sukhothai kingdom extended as far south as Nakhorn Si Thammarat, Vientiane to the east and Pegu to the west.
Air-conditioned buses run from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal and take about 8 hours to reach Sukhothai. There are also bus services from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Khon Kaen.
Trains from Bangkok to Phitsanulok take about 6½ hours. From there you can board a bus for the 60 minute journey to Sukhothai.
Thai International have daily flights from Bangkok to Phitsanulok which take 35 minutes. Bangkok Airways operate services from Bangkok and Chiang Mai to Sukhothai's new airport.
There are plenty of songthaews and tuk-tuks for trips around town or the 20 minute journey to old Sukhothai. If you want to travel further afield your hotel may be able to arrange for a car and driver.