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    Daytrip to the Ancient City

    Hanging around the house all day beats going to work hands down but every now and then its nice to have a little excursion somewhere just to have a nose around. The Ancient City has always sounded a bit naff to me, a bit like lego land, but neither of us had been there so with low expectations we got in the car and drove for an hour to Samut Prakan.
    I was expecting double pricing so I wasn't too upset when we got there and I had to pay 350 baht since the love of my life got in for 50 so it panned out as pretty reasonable value in the end. The cost of one bicycle was included in the admission fee so we got another from the huge choice of old nails they have for rent at 50 baht. As usual I , the cycling enthusiast, succeed in selecting something that was better being pushed than ridden whereas my dearest managed to grab something that worked a whole lot better without any fuss.
    For the less active you can hire an electric golf buggy. The following link provides the price for admission etc:

    The Ancient City | Ancient City

    And then we were off to look at our first few replicas .



    There are plenty of signs too tell you what you are supposed to be looking at but even if you forget to look at them its fun wandering around the ' ruins '






    Having done the Khmer style buildings we wanted to go ' up ' Khao Phra Wihan ' but it was like an anthill, swarming with school children, who were finding out why the temple is such a political football these days so we opted for lunch instead. There are plenty of cheap places to eat scattered around the park and a typical dtam sang dish won't cost you more than 40 - 50 baht.
    Refreshed, we continued our bicycle meandering too look at the rest of the park. Some of the structures seem a bit fanciful to be replicas of anything but nice enough to stroll around and admire the craftsmanship.










    Then we came to a large lake around which were several Thai style houses. This is the ' floating market ' area, which has several souvenier shops and more eateries, notable selling ' gooay deeo rua '



    Finaly , after 2-3 hours we started cycling back towards the entance although I was reduced to pushing my beast as it did not want to go. I had considered
    ' swapping ' it with someone elses back at the floating market but there were too many people around and my bottle went.









    All in all we spent about 3 and a half hours in the park and had a very nice time. Will go again sometime if we have visiting friends. However, as with most places like this that are near the city, avoid the weekends unless you like huge crowds !

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    Looks nice, might take a trip down there.

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    nice pics looks worth a wisit

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    nice report and nice pictures. I've been putting off going there for years no but plan on going soon. thanks for the inspiration.

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    I went to the Ancient City about 10 years ago and they had some great wood carpenters working on site building the sister temple venture down at Na Kluer in Pattaya.

    A wonderful temple to visit and a great example of Thai culture and workmanship.

    Certainly both places are worth visiting and the Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm is almost across the road from the Ancient City and is also worth a visit on the same day.

    Nice thread Bangyai and thank you and your Mrs for sharing your experience.

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    A great day out

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    Live not far from there but will never go in as they want six times the local fee, 350 baht is just plain greedy, hardly double charging!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy dog View Post
    Live not far from there but will never go in as they want six times the local fee, 350 baht is just plain greedy, hardly double charging!
    Be inclined to agree with you which was one of the reasons I let so many years pass before biting the bullet and paying a visit. Still, not as bad as the National parks 10x price up from 20 baht to 200 ( was 400 for a while ). This wouldn't be so bad if you were camping there overnight using all the facilities but its a bit steep if you're doing a quick in and out to look at a waterfall.

    Unfortunately for us , thats the way it is. If we live by our principles there are going to be a lot of places we will never see.

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    Its really fun, after go to Ban Pou and feed the birds, then eat great thai seafood right out on the pier. Very nice day indeed.

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    Nice pics. This place (like many others) did not have a dual pricing policy long time ago. It was about Baht 10 if I remember good. Usually, If one has a Thai driving license you pay the Thai price. In the beginning of the "park" there is the street of yesteryear, very interesting how the very old days were. All palaces and temple replicas are 9/10th of the original size.

    Ahumm, sorry but it appears you're being stalked by a lady with a hat and black glasses...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patangko View Post
    Ahumm, sorry but it appears you're being stalked by a lady with a hat and black glasses...
    Yes....CIA I'm thinking. He couldn't shake her off without borrowing her bike .

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    If you're planning a trip to 'Ancient City'..at the gate is a 2-tier pricing system for Thais and Farang..if you show your Thai driving licence..they do not charge you the 'tourist' price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usual suspect View Post
    If you're planning a trip to 'Ancient City'..at the gate is a 2-tier pricing system for Thais and Farang..if you show your Thai driving licence..they do not charge you the 'tourist' price.
    yes, I had the same experience when there in January and was plesantly surprised that when I showed my Thai driver's license that they honored the Thai price. Chulk one up for the good guys.

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    Excellent day out. A work permit will get you in for the Thai price no questions asked.

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    Thumbs up

    Nice info on the ancient city.

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