Ancient City is not a very well known attraction in Bangkok. You don’t see much written about it. A lot of people confuse it with Ayutthaya – which is the “real” Ancient City. This one is a park full of replicas. However, don’t dismiss it based on that description. Ancient City in Bangkok is the most amazing place. Your jaw will drop wide open when you see the size of these buildings. They have been built to scale so they are the same size as the originals. It’s quite spectacular. To think someone went to all the trouble to create this. On that basis, this place deserves a visit from you!
Ancient City in Bangkok is known as “Muangboran Ancient City” and is located in the southern part of Bangkok. It’s not really a tourist area, so you won’t just stumble across it on your travels. It will mean planning a day to go there – yes, it will take a good part of the day to see everything. It has even expanded since we visited.
How to get to Ancient City Bangkok
The easiest way to get there would be to hire a van and driver for the day. There’s plenty of tour guides with vans who could create a day trip which includes Ancient City. We decided to catch the skytrain to the station called Bearing – which is basically the end of the line. Then we got a taxi outside the station to Ancient City. We did print out the name and address of it in Thai for the taxi driver. It’s a fair way out of the main city so the taxi drivers do speak less english.
The Ancient City web site has very clear directions:
|By Car or Taxi :|
|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.|
Once You Are at Ancient City Bangkok
You’ve arrived and found your way to the gate area to purchase your entrance tickets. The park itself is huge, and it’s expanded even more recently. There’s a few ways to get around:
- Walk – not recommended in the heat
- Hire a Golf Cart – we did and it was so much fun
- Catch the tram around
The golf cart was the best idea. We could stop wherever we wanted to, and it was a relief to sit down in a shady cart when the sun was beating down. It’s pretty hot and away from the coast, so you don’t get much of a breeze to cool things down. Stocking up on bottled water was easy in the gold cart too. The water stalls were always a few minutes away by golf cart!
The Ancient City’s web site explains perfectly what the park is all about:
To collect cultural and art work of Thailand to be a learning source, the Ancient City emphasizes on the distinguished and unique pieces of art from different periods, the representatives of folk cultural cultivation. Some periods were overlapping in time as the rise of one community could take place anytime without the decline of the existing one. Hence, it is found that each community developed its civilization within the similar time frame, but its peak was different depending on who was the strongest and most flourishing at a particular time. The most outstanding at the period could manifest its superior prosperity before others, yet as the leading kingdom began to recline, the rising one would replace the former at once with its own manifestation. The periods accumulated here are arranged in order of their distinct revelation, ranging from pre-historic era, Dvaravati, Srivichai, Lopburi, Lanna, Lan Chang, Sukhothai, U-tong, Ayutthaya, Thonburi and Rattanakosin.
The buildings are nothing short of magnificent. There’s also been some additions which are originals in the process of being restored. I note there’s now a zoo inside too according to the map on their web site. I have no idea what that would be like – just hope it’s ethical as something which is cruel to animals would really spoil this park.
I do believe this building was used to film the monk scene in the Hangover 2 movie. The storyline was that the wolfpack was in Chiang Mai at the monastery looking to find out about the monk they took from the police station. It wasn’t Chiang Mai at all – it was this building in the Ancient City park! A bit of trivia for you!
Ancient City in Bangkok is open every day from 9am to 7pm. They have 2 prices for entry:
9.00 am. – 16.00 pm.
Adults 700 Bht./each
Children 350 Bht./each
Personal Vehicle/Van Entry +400 Bht./each
16.00 pm. – 19.00 pm.
Adults 350 Bht./each
Children 175 Bht./each
Personal Vehicle/Van Entry +200 Bht./each
GOLF CART RENTALS SERVICE
- Rental golf cart 2 seats 150 Baht per Hour.
- Rental golf cart 4 seats 300 Baht per Hour.
- Rental golf cart 6 seats 450 Baht per Hour.
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