The Ancient City – also known as the world’s largest outdoor museum – is the best place to pay a visit to get an summary of the Thai way of life and the historical past of Thailand in a day. Within the park there are over 100 constructions of Thailand’s prominent monuments plus architectural sights. Several of the buildings are life-sized replications of present or past sites, while some are scaled down versions.
The replications were created with the help of professionals of the National Museum to guarantee historical exactness. Remarkable works include the original Grand Palace of Ayutthaya (sacked and burned down in the Burmese invasion around 1767), Phimai Sanctuary in Nakhon Ratchasima, and Wat Khao Phra Viharn on the Cambodian border.
Having lots of architectural designs coupled with great arts and craftsmanship, structural layout along with surroundings which integrate harmoniously, The Ancient City brings about a sort of ambiance that causes people to understand as well as appreciate the continuity of history, beliefs, cultures and practices of the Thai people from the ancient past up to now.
Information: Mueang Boran is situated in Samut Parakan – an hour’s drive outside Bangkok. Admission is 100 Baht for adults 50 Baht for kids, in addition 50 Baht if you drive your own vehicle. You can also find bicycles and golf carts for rent there.
Getting there: Because it is quite far outside Bangkok a taxi or your own vehicle is recommended. Although it costs more than public transport, the benefits of saving time as well as the added comfort fully over-shadow the cost. If you want to take a bus take the 511 out of the Southern Bus terminal at Paknam to the end of the line. Take the 36 mini-bus from here to the entrance of the Ancient City.
KM 33 (old) Sukhumvit Road
78/1 Democracy Monument
Tel. 0-2224-1057, 0-226-1936-7