Last December our family went to Thailand and we scheduled a visit to The Ancient City (AKA Ancient Siam). It’s a huge outdoor museum where they have replicas of famous landmarks around Thailand, with some of them being life-sized. It’s popular among tourists because it’s like taking a tour of the country and learning its history without leaving Bangkok.
Tourists have the option of bringing their own car, riding a tram or renting a golf cart to explore the place. We decided to rent a car at our hotel and hire a driver to take us around since we weren’t familiar with the place but we still wanted to be flexible with our time and not join a tour group. We spent the day just driving around the park and stopping at all the displays that we found interesting. We had to skip a lot of them because otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to see the entire place. It was that big.
Here are some pictures we took at the museum:
We found a baby elephant and took pictures with him/her
This was the shopping area where you could buy gifts and souvenirs to take back home
This was where I took my 51st self portrait last year
Of course we saw lots of replicas of Buddhist temples and prayer rooms
We found a small pond with these lily pads. We played around here for a while to see how much weight the lily pads can take.
The lighting was nice so of course we took a few portraits too
Check out that roof!
We found this throne room where everything was painted and decorated in gold. It was beautiful!
Another interesting looking structure
We got hungry so we stopped by the replica of Thailand’s Floating Market for lunch
We forced Amie to conquer her fear of heights for this photo
We had a great time walking/driving around the park. We were lucky that the weather was nice and cool at the time. I imagine it wouldn’t have been as enjoyable if we had visited during the summer months. Most of the structures had names and labels with historical information on them, so we didn’t really need a tour guide to explain the displays. The place was beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a taste of Thailand’s culture and history without having to move around the entire country.
I posted a vlog from this trip in a previous entry the other day. You can watch it HERE if you’re interested.