I like to get out of Bangkok and get some fresh air on weekends. Many times I visit places like Samed Island in Rayong, Lan isalnd in Pattaya, Hua Hin or Khao Yai. I also like to find something fun to do on a day trip like going to a museum, and I have to say that I feel a little embarrassed that I just learned that the Ancient City is just under an hour by car from the center of Bangkok where you can spend a nice day out. (Actually, I heard of this place long time ago and misunderstood that it was a few hours away from home so I didn’t think of making my way there).
Ancient Siam aka Ancient City or also known as เมืองโบราณ (mueang boran) is a unique outdoor park museum features replica of the county’s significant historic architecture and monuments from various parts of Thailand in the magnificent park in the shape of the map of Thailand.
Ancient City is located close to the Crocodile Farm in Bangpoo, Samut Prakan province, about 33 km southeast of central Bangkok. The area in the Ancient City covers 600 rai (96 hectares or 240 acres, 1 rai = 1,600 sq.mtrs or 0.4 acres). It was constructed in 1963 under the patronage of Lek Viriyaphant (1914 – 2000) the man who was also responsible for the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya and the Erawan Museum in Samut Prakan. He had a passion on preserving the country’s cultural heritage, history and art, which I found fascinating.
Visiting the Ancient City is like being in a little kingdom. There are 116 structures including magnificent restored buildings, full size replicas & scaled down versions, temples, palaces, a floating market and many more. It also has mini markets with people making and selling handicrafts and Thai snacks.
The periods of these ancient ruins and monuments cover the Dvaravati, Srivichai, Lopburi, Lanna, Lan Chang, Sukhothai, U-tong, Ayuthaya, Thonburi and Rattanakosin eras. Some of the structures are creative designs to symbolize religious beliefs and concepts.
I highly recommend this place for anyone who wants to get a break from Bangkok’s busy city life. You can enjoy decent Thai food at the various vendors and drive, bike or cart around past the impressive replica sites.
Tip: It could be pretty hot if you go there during the day, you might want to wear light clothes and bring your shades or hat.
There are trams, bicycles (THB 50 baht per bike) and two-seater and four-seater electric golf carts (THB 150 per hour) available for hire to get around. You can drive in with your own car as well (THB 300 per entry). I opt for the golf cart because I have never driven one before, so I thought it would be a fun experience and it really was!
Tip: Remember that it is quite a huge place so walking all around can be a little bit tiring. You should hire a vehicle. : )
Well-informed and friendly guides are available in English and Thai.
Private Guide in Thai is 1,200 Bht. Private Guide in English is 1,500 Bht. (2 hours)
Adults 700 Bht./each
Children 350 Bht./each
Adults 400 Bht./each
Children 200 Bht./each
Golf cart rental
Golf cart rental fees are:
Getting to the Ancient City:
Address: Ancient City, Samut Prakan,
Thailand; km. 33 (old) Sukhumvit Road, Bangpoo
 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. Taxi by meter is about 300 baht from the central Bangkok.
 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.
 By BTS
Take a skytrain in Bangkok to Samrong BTS station and take a few minutes taxi ride to the museum.
Opening Hours: Everyday from 09:00 a.m. – 07:00 p.m.
Update (September 2020): The ancient city is currently closed on weekdays. It opens Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. The restaurant is closed.
For more information visit www.ancientcity.com/en
How much the entrance fee for foreign worker with work permit?
Some places allow a foreigner with a work permit to pay the same rate as a Thai. Some places don’t make an exception. I am sorry I don’t know how it works in the Ancient City. You should bring along your work permit when you go there.
How long does it take to tour the whole area by car?
It might take about one hour.
Hai Mod… my name is poppy from Indonesia.. nice to know you. I like to read your articles.. It really help me to know more details about moean Borang.. I would like to visit this beautiful place on next saturday may 27th 2017.. I go with my sister just the two of us .. we planned to rent a buggy car.. but unfortunatelly all of us can not drive and dont have any lisence for driving a car. And my sister can not ride a bycicle .. any suggest from you Mod ? Tha k you so much in advance..?
Hi Poppy, I am sorry for the delay in my response. I hope you and your sister had a great time in Mueang Boran. When I was there they didn’t require driver license for renting a buggy car. I think in Thailand it is not needed.
This ‘Thai’s pay taxes’ excuse is nonsense. If you go anywhere in Europe or the Americas as a Thai, are you charged up to ten times the price for entry? No you aren’t, but you don’t pay taxes there either, so what’s the difference?
Is there any dress code to enter in palaces or wat or anywhere in the ancient city?
Yes, there is. Visitors are required to to cover your shoulders and knees for both men and women. On bottom, you can wear a knee-length-or-longer skirt. On top, choose any shirt that fully covers your shoulders. 🙂
Erlend K. Haartveit says
I happened to come across your website while searching on Thai nicknames today, and I wanted to thank you for sharing all the cultural, and recreational articles of Thailand as well as your Thai teaching videos. I am certain that I could learn a lot from you, but I would like to think about it first. As for this article regarding the Ancient City, I’ve never visited it before, and it seems surprisingly close to Bangkok on Google Maps. Also, it really looks worth a 350-500 baht entry fee.
Erlend (nickname: Rain)
Sawatdee ka Erland,
Thank you for visiting my website, I am happy to hear that you like it.
Ancient city is a nice place, it’s worth having a look. 🙂
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Kup kun tii buk hi sa-ab passa thai.. ( kao jai mai kap? ^^;)
Sawatdee ka, thank you for your kind words. I am happy to hear that you found my lessons useful in your Thai learning. More lessons for beginner are coming. Please stay tuned:)
I understand what you said in Thai, but this helps you sound more like a Thai >>> “kop kun tii sawn paa-saa tai hai pom”. kao=-jai mai ka? 🙂
Shame the YouTube got taken down. I enjoy your lessons, thank you. A question please. What do you think about charging different prices for Thai and foreigners?
I am happy to hear that you found my videos useful in your Thai learning. I am waiting to hear the result if my channel will get reinstated, if not I will re-upload the old videos to my new channel. Hope you continue to follow my lessons in the future as well: )
Although I am Thai, I personally don’t like dual pricing. Some places like national parks which are actually funded by the local tax contributions. As a non local, a usage fee would be reasonable. Some other private places, might not.