Ancient City, or Ancient Siam offers something few other places can. A tour of Thailand’s greatest architecture…via golf cart.
A park of reduced scale and full size replicas of the important buildings in Thailand, the park’s goal is to bring the Thai people back to their roots, that of the ancient Siam Kingdom. You can ride bikes (2 and 3 seaters as well) or speed around in a golf cart through the park which, besides having copies of Thailand’s landmarks, is also Thailand-shaped.
Some buildings are duplicated from the original, others are recreations of buildings that have since been destroyed or have fallen into ruin, and the rest are simply creative design. Not all the buildings are fakes however, and at least one wooden temple was moved from north Thailand and reconstructed. A good place for lunch is the Thai floating village.
One particularly interesting (and totally made-up) building is set in the water and has a huge open mouthed fish wrapped around it. Another high light is the reproduction of Sanphet Prasat Palace in Ayutthaya. It’s a huge replica with intricate and ornate decoration. One can walk around the beautiful grounds, and through the large palace hall. Though in spite of it being a copy, you still aren’t allowed to sit on the thrones.
Know Before You Go
By car: Take the Express Way as far as the Samrong-Samut Prakan Exit. Turn to the Samut Prakan Intersection. Turn left along the old Sukhumvit Road (towards Bangpoo) until you get to km. 33. The Ancient City is on the left.By Bus :Take air-conditioned bus No. 511 (Pinklao-Paknam) to the end of the line. From here, take the mini-bus No. 36. It passes the entrance to the Ancient City.