Ancient Siam (เมืองโบราณ) - formerly Ancient City - Here you will find numerous reproductions of palace halls, temples, stupas, stone sanctuaries and traditional houses. You can also visit several reconstructed historical buildings, authenticated communities with their inhabitants doing their daily chores and sample villages from all regions of the country. Certainly, the one thing you must not miss is a visit to Ancient Siam. I will offer you in a nutshell most of what Thailand is all about past, present and future. You may take a walk to explore all historical buildings, museums, monuments and the new creations full of amazing artistic details and of great beauty. Or, if you wish, you may join an organized tour. There are some 116 spots of interest. Golf carts and bicycles can be hired for moving around the park, and private vehicles are also allowed at a fee. A good place to eat are the restaurants at the floating market area.

Ancient Siam is an excellent reflection of Thailand's multi-faceted ancient culture presented in an authentic and visually exciting setting. Ancient cities, ruins or architecture are historic and constitute the splendors of the past. It is a park constructed under the patronage of Lek Viriyaphant and spreading over 200 acres in the shape of Thailand. The founder's original idea was to create a golf course with miniatures of Thailand's historically significant structures spread aroudn the course. Acient Siam is dubbed as the world's larges outdoor museum. The grounds of Ancient Siam correspond roughly to the shape of the Kingdom, with each of the monuments lying at their correct places geographically. Some of the buildings are life-size replicas of existing or former sites, while others are scaled down. The replicas outstanding works include the former Grand Palace of Ayutthaya (destroyed in the Burmese invasion of 1767), Phimai Sanctuary in Nakhon Ratchasma, and Wat Khao Phra Viharn on the Cambodian border. "Ancient City","The Erawan Museum" and "Truth Palace, Pattaya" was created by just one person. In fact, they are created from collaboration of Khun Lek and Khun Prapai Wiriyapan, for these grand pieces couldn't have accomplished, if Khun Lek, although the sole designer, planner and construction supervisor, hadn't been encouraged and relieved from other familial burdens by Khun Prapai, his wife. Besides, after some progress in "The Erawan Museum" construction, Khun Pakpian, their eldest son, took responsible of the project supervision until completion. The creator of these places wasn't driven by investment incentive, but it was the beneficence for the vast majority that lied behind his ambition. Each place has its particular meaning and importance. "The Ancient City" aims to wake up the awareness of Thailand and the varied races and tribes inhabiting on this land in different aspects.

   
   

LocationAncient Siam (Correct as at June 2010)
296/1 Sukhumvit Road, Bangpoo, Samut Prakan 10280. At Km. 33 Sukhumvit Road Bangoomai.
(296/1 หมู่ 7 ถนนสุขุมวิท ต.บางปูใหม่, อ.เมือง สมุทรปราการ 10280)

By Car or Taxi - take the Express Way as far as the Samrong-Samutprakan exit. Turn to the Samut Prakan intersection. Turn left along the old Sukhumvit Road (towards Bangpoo) until you get to km. 33 Ancient Siam 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 Ancient Siam.

Open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adult Baht 350; Children Bhat 150.
Private Guide in English +1,500 Bht. (2 hours)
Telephone: 0-2709-1644 Fax: 0-2323-4055
Website: www.ancientsiam.com

Information correct as of February 2011.