It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
~ Oriah, Mountain Dreamer
I woke up on our second day in Bangkok not feeling well. Probably the effect of basking out on a hot weather the day before and cooling down at the mall afterwards. Bed rest is so tempting yet I wouldn’t dare missed the fun, so I bid goodbye to our lovely sanctuary and hit the road.
The Grand Hall of Wat Maha That, Sukhothai
Our destination: Ancient City, the Gateway to Thailand’s Cultural Heritage located just outside Bangkok, in the province of Samut Prakan. An off the beaten path must-see when you’re pressed for time to explore the whole of Thailand.
Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kuan-Yin) Performing a Miracle
How to get there? Easy. We hopped on a skytrain to On Nut Station and took a cab going to the Ancient City in less than an hour. Cost us around 150 baht for one-way taxi. There’s a cheaper option by bus though but it will cost us more time and we’ll probably get lost. haha.
Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran, is the largest outdoor museum in world. It takes you to the heritage of Thai wisdom and discover the arts, cultures, religions and customs of Thai people. It’s also an exceptional experience to walk through a wide range of architectural symbols in fine Thai craftsmanship on a natural environment.
The Buddha Image of Dvaravati Period
Admission rate is 350 baht per person for foreigner. A map is provided which is really helpful if you are not hiring a guide.
Bicycles are free to use and a tram for big group can be rented for a fee. We were ecstatic to use the Golf cart though. It is up for rent for 100 baht per hour. We planned to cover the whole place in about 3 hours on a quick view, just a glimpse on each and every architecture, which turned out to be most challenging as everything seemed worthy to be explored.
Pavilion of the Enlightened
The 320 acre outdoor museum is an architectural reflection of Thailand’s magnificent past. On the area as large as 600 rais, both the copies and the artifacts of the archaic sites and relics of historically and culturally national importance are laid out in the fittingly relevant pattern and environment. More than that, the visitors can deeply absorb the great diversity of architecture, arts and religions, not to mention ways of living.
feeling under the weather. first time being sick while traveling.
The Ancient City can’t be included as replica or miniature city, but it is by its own virtue the reflection of the old-day cities, bringing the Thai back to touch and feel the ancient Siam Kingdom.
To freshen up, we decided to have lunch in one of the restaurants at the floating market.
Overall, we enjoyed our short excursion. It is a wonderful place to learn heaps about Thailand in just a span of four hours without being trapped with “temple-sickness” and loads of tourists. Too bad we can’t stay long enough for sunset, shopping is way too hard to resist. Next.
See our Thailand itinerary here.