You really can 'do' Thailand in a day with a visit to the hidden gem that is Ancient City.
It is the promise of a glimpse of Old Siam with its glorious temples, rich and spiritual arts, culture and customs, and intriguing history, along with the heart and soul of the country’s deep Buddhist beliefs that draws people to Thailand. There is something exotic and artistic about the country’s heritage that resonates with visitors from all over the world. The Bangkok of yesteryear can still be found crouching next to the big, modern city skyscrapers, and hidden down quiet side streets, as well as within the people themselves. Outside of the city, the rural landscapes and the old capital of Ayutthaya, as well as the beautiful city of Chiang Mai, are more than echoes of a time gone by but really of a time that still exists.
The Ancient City is nothing like an outdoor miniature toy country though and these replicas are stand-alone incredible works of art and architectural marvels. Far from being teeny tiny they are impressively large too, and you can walk amongst the huge Buddha stone statues or into the ornate interior of ancient temples and palaces, and truly soak up the atmosphere of this totally unique homage to Thai heritage.
The Ancient City was born out of one man’s desire to preserve and educate people about the country’s past so that they could bring that sensibility into the present day. The attention to detail is more than impressive and the jewel in the crown of Ancient City is The Grand Palace which is an example of the traditional palace, which varies from The Grand Palace that you can visit by the river in Bangkok for real.
If you tire of tourist laden areas and attractions simply set up for visitors then Ancient City is a wonderful refreshing change. There is nothing gimmicky or tacky about it and its purpose is to show the splendors of the past and preserve the ancient art and culture of what was once Siam. There are never huge amounts of visitors and so you can amble around and get lost in these peaceful wonders of Thailand without bumping into lots of other people doing the same thing. Ancient City is a tourist attraction that doesn’t set out to be one and where it really succeeds is in its heartfelt mission to open the door to the heritage of Thailand. Away from the modern buildings of Bangkok and the paradise beaches of the Thai islands there is another side to Thailand which you might want to see and after a day at Ancient City you will no doubt feel that your one day tour around Siam has been well worth the trip.