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Ancient City Muang Boran Ticket with Private Transfer Option

1. Ancient City Muang Boran Ticket with Private Transfer Option

Ancient Siam (also known as Ancient City, Mueang Boran) is a park constructed under the patronage of Lek Viriyaphant and spreading over 200 acres (0.81 km2) 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 around the course. During his research, he found most structures severely damaged and decided instead to create new miniatures, to save the original structures when possible, or to re-create them full size or scaled down. Ancient Siam is dubbed as the world's largest outdoor museum. Located in Samut Prakan province, the 320-hectare "city" features 116 structures of Thailand's famous monuments and architectural attractions. The grounds of Ancient Siam correspond roughly to the shape of the Kingdom, with 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 were constructed with the assistance of experts from the National Museum to ensure historical accuracy. Outstanding works include the former Grand Palace of Ayutthaya (destroyed in the Burmese invasion of 1767), Phimai Sanctuary in Nakhon Ratchasima, and Wat Khao Phra Viharn on the Cambodian border. You can select to explore this remarkable outdoor museum by tram, walk or bike for free. Alternatively, pay a little extra to get the golf cart, and drive around to save time and enjoy more.

From Bangkok: Amphawa Floating Markets and Firefly Boat Tour

2. From Bangkok: Amphawa Floating Markets and Firefly Boat Tour

The markets of Thailand are some of the country’s most quintessential experiences; they give you a lively peek inside the more traditional culture of a country that often lives by water (or in this case, by the railroad tracks as well). On this full-day guided tour, you'll be taken to the most iconic markets on the outskirts of Bangkok, ending with a relaxing firefly boat tour to wind down from the day’s excitement. Maeklong Train Market is a fresh market situated right by a well-worn railroad. Watch the vendors expertly close and open their awnings to make room as the trains pass by. Wat Bang Kung is a striking Buddhist temple engulfed by the roots of a massive Banyan Tree. Learn about its bloody battle history and see the Golden Buddha inside. Located on the Amphawa canal, the Amphawa Floating Market is one of Thailand's more popular floating markets. Visit this riverside market and see vendors selling delicious treats like sweets and seafood, or browse some of the shophouses and restaurants. After sunset, when the lights have dimmed, you'll wind down with a relaxing river cruise. Your boat will take you a little further out where it is dark enough to see the fireflies, before heading back to your accommodations at 9:00 PM, ending a day of simple pleasures and tastes with the comforting sight of these lightning bugs.

Erawan Museum and Ancient City: Combo Ticket

3. Erawan Museum and Ancient City: Combo Ticket

Conveniently visit both famous attractions in Samut Prakan province, Erawan Museum and Ancient City, with one ticket. Find out how Erawan Museum, located just outside of Bangkok, was constructed as a symbol of peace and humanity, and now showcases the arts, philosophies, religious diversity, and spirit of Asia. Upon arrival, marvel at the giant three-headed elephant sculpture which makes up part of the exterior building. This attraction is the first and largest hand-carved sculpture in the world. Ancient Siam, also known as the Ancient City, is a park constructed under the patronage of Lek Viriyaphant and spreading over 200 acres in the shape of Thailand. The founder's idea was to create a golf course filled with miniatures of Thailand's historically significant structures. Today, some of the structures in the park are full-size replicas of important Thai monuments, while others are scaled-down, miniature versions. Opt to include a traditional khantoke meal during your visit to the Ancient City to make your trip even more fulfilling and memorable.

Bangkok: Private Transfer to Ancient City & Erawan Museum

4. Bangkok: Private Transfer to Ancient City & Erawan Museum

Visit 2 of the most famous attractions in Samut Prakan province, Erawan Museum and Ancient City, with a convenient single ticket. Benefit from pickup and drop-off from/to your hotel in Bangkok city center and travel with a friendly driver for the day. First, find out how Erawan Museum, located just outside of Bangkok, was constructed as a symbol of peace and humanity, and now showcases the arts, philosophies, religious diversity, and spirit of Asia. Upon arrival, marvel at the giant 3-headed elephant sculpture which makes up part of the exterior building. This attraction is the first and largest hand-carved sculpture in the world. Then, head over to Ancient Siam, also known as the Ancient City - a park constructed under the patronage of Lek Viriyaphant and spreading over 200 acres in the shape of Thailand. The founder's idea was to create a golf course filled with miniatures of Thailand's historically significant structures. Today, some of the structures in the park are full-size replicas of important Thai monuments, while others are scaled-down, miniature versions. While you're in the park, you can also enjoy 1-hour tram tour or bike ride together with an audio guide included in your package.

Bangkok: Dragon Temple, Roots Temple, and Floating Market

5. Bangkok: Dragon Temple, Roots Temple, and Floating Market

Travel to Wat Samphran Temple to see a dragon wrapped around a 17-story building with this day tour from Bangkok. See a Buddha figure in a tree at the Bang Kung Temple (Temple of the Roots). Enjoy a boat tour of the Amphawa Floating Market. Be picked up from your hotel and travel to Wat Samphran Temple. Admire the red and green dragon curling around the towering temple. Journey to Wat Bang Kung Temple to learn more about Buddhism from your local guide.  Cruise on a traditional Thai boat through the Amphawa Floating Market. Marvel at the fireflies as you take in the local vibe. Have an hour of free time to explore the market, where you can try some local cuisine.  Finish at around 7:30 pm with drop-off in Patpong.

Private Guided Day Tour: Bangkok with Public Transport

6. Private Guided Day Tour: Bangkok with Public Transport

Book yourself or your group on this personalized 8-hour tour around Bangkok, or venture out to nearby provinces to get a unique insight in to Thai culture with a local. The private tour can be tailored to your interests, whether you want to visit the historic sights or neighborhood lifestyles. Visit the ornate murals of the Grand Palace or take in the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace at Ayutthaya. The Summer Palace is set on lovely grounds on the banks of the Chao Praya River and is one of the best-maintained attractions in Thailand. One of the most popular attractions close to Bangkok, you will feel like a king as you wander through the vast complex. While in Ayutthaya, take in the Historical Park. The Siamese moved their capital to Ayutthaya around 1350 AD and created a royal palace and many impressive monasteries and Wats in the area. In the mid 1800's the Burmese sacked it and the city was abandoned. Now a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site, you can explore the historic temples scattered around the encircling river. If you prefer, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and see Thais going about their everyday life in a truly unique setting. Stay in downtown Bangkok to visit sites such as the Khao San Road, Chatuchak Market and reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Transportation is via the Bangkok skytrain, or by taxi where needed. If you want to venture further afield, you will be taken by comfortable minivan and have the services of a professional driver. Everything can be arranged through your friendly guide, who will take you to the areas most of interest to you and share their expert local knowledge in a fun and fascinating way to make the city your Bangkok.

Bangkok: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 30+ Attractions

7. Bangkok: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 30+ Attractions

Experience over 30 Bangkok attractions and save up to 50% compared to purchasing individual tickets. Your all-inclusive pass gives you 2, 3, 4, or 5 consecutive days (depending on the option selected) to sightsee and experience as much of this vibrant city as you want. Master recipes with a Thai cooking class at Go! Thai Cooking School, explore a private outdoor museum at Ancient City, and ride a Tuk Tuk Hop around town. Explore the city on two wheels with a Temple and Royal Palace e-scooter tour, relax with a 90-minute Thai massage, and more. Simply download your digital pass to your mobile device or print it at home before you go. Show it at each attraction or tour to gain access. It's that simple. You'll also receive a digital guide with attraction information and instructions. Attractions and tours included with your Bangkok All-Inclusive Pass: Museums and Historical Sites • Ayutthaya Day Tour (4 temples) • Bangkok Temples Guided Tour • Ancient City • Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Guided Tour • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour • The Erawan Museum • Patpong Museum • Art in Paradise Pattaya • Rural Canal and Wat Arun Guided Tour Tours and Cruises • 2-Hour Meridian Dinner Cruise (international buffet) • Chao Phraya River Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Boat • Temple and Royal Palace E-Scooter Tour • Bangkok Culture Cycling Guided Tour • Bangkok Landmark E-Scooter Tour • Koh Kred Island E-Scooter Tour • 3-Hour Electric Scooter Guided Tour • Tuk Tuk Hop Experiences and Leisure • Go! Thai Cooking School (cooking class with 5 dishes) • 90-Minute Authentic Thai Massage Treatment at Let’s Relax Spa • Safari World Bangkok • Siam Amazing Park • Go Bangkok Bicycle Rental • Chinatown Michelin Guide Street Food Tour • The Bangkok Pub Crawl Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

Samut Prakan: Erawan Museum Discounted Admission Ticket

8. Samut Prakan: Erawan Museum Discounted Admission Ticket

Enjoy access to the Erawan Museum, located just outside Bangkok in Samut Prakan province. Find out how the museum was constructed as a symbol of peace and humanity, showcasing the arts, philosophies, religious diversity, and spirit of Asia. Receive a discounted ticket that allows you access at a specified date and time. When you arrive, marvel at the giant 3-headed elephant sculpture which makes up part of the exterior building. This attraction is the first and biggest hand-carved sculpture in the world. As you enter, discover how the museum is sectioned into 3 levels which symbolize the underworld, the earth, and heaven in a lot of religious and philosophical thinking. Start at the Suvarnabhumi Level, the underground level of the Elephant. Observe a showcase of ancient artifacts and porcelain - all part of the owner's prized collection - which represent 'the past'. Admire numerous artifacts including the Thai style ceramic ware of Benjarong. Also marvel at the figure of Naga, the snake-like god of the underworld who is the givers of waters in Buddhist belief. Next, head up to the Earth Section, the circular base that supports the weight of the elephant. See how the interior of the building incorporates many art forms of the world, including Western and Eastern styles in a truly unique form. Notice how the ceiling of the entrance is similar to the ceiling of the earth and the stained glass form the pattern of the Earth. Finally, arrive at the Cosmo Level which is the area inside the body of the elephant. Navigate along 2 passageways from the right and left feet of the elephants towards an area painted with stories of gods and goddesses floating in heaven. Once you've explored the interiors of this unique building, continue your tour to the outside areas. Take a stroll through the garden which is filled with rare tree species from all over Thailand, some of which have significance in Thai literature.

Weekend Amphawa Floating Market & Train Market Private Tour

9. Weekend Amphawa Floating Market & Train Market Private Tour

Depart Bangkok at 1 PM and travel by air-conditioned vehicle to a unique market held on the tracks of a working railway line. Marvel as the local traders make way for the trains as they pass slowly through the village. Then, continue to Amphawa Floating Market to join the locals as they buy and sell from boats on the canals of the Mea Klong River. Stroll along the boardwalk to watch the scenes unfold as farmers and fishermen sell snacks such as fried sea mussels and papaya salad from their boats.  Admire the surrounding area on a boat trip with the locals to see around the area. Return to Bangkok city center for drop off at around 9 PM.

Kanchanaburi: Sightseeing Tour with Amphawa Market

10. Kanchanaburi: Sightseeing Tour with Amphawa Market

After pickup, the first stop is the Bridge On The River Kwai, part of the Siam-Burma Railway built by WWII prisoners of war. Walk along the “Death Railway” bridge of Hollywood fame, learning about its historical and cultural significance. Next, head to Wat Tham Seua, a Buddhist temple perched atop a mountain. Known as the Tiger Cave Temple, it was named after the tiger paw prints found on the cave walls. Climb to the top and take in the gorgeous scenery, marvel at the large gleaming statue of Buddha, and explore the main temple area. The next stop is Wat Bang Kung. Built during the Ayutthaya period, this Buddhist temple is covered in the roots and branches of nearby Banyan trees, making it seem like a hidden ruin in the forest. Take a peek at the golden Buddha statue inside and snap photos of the iconic entrance. Finally, make your way to the Amphawa Floating Market. Board a boat and cruise down the river as you interact with vendors paddling on their small boats loaded with produce. Soak up the sights of the river, shop for some souvenirs, or buy passing street food to eat on the trip back to Kanchanaburi.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 177 reviews

A must do Tour if you get the opportunity! I was running a little late and the tour guide kindly waited for me. We began the tour at a beautiful temple which is at the centre of an old tree. The guide offered and brought the equipments which are used to make a prayer/wish. We then went to the train markets where we had plenty of time to look around, take pictures of the train passing by and have our lunch at a nearby cafe. Next we headed to Amphawa, I mainly booked this tour for the fireflies but Amphawa was a bustling Market with many exotic foods, clothes and souvenir shops. We had a delicious dinner near the floating markets. Lastly we set off on the boat to see the fireflies! Along the way we got to experience more of the floating buildings, Temples and breathtaking views. I did not expect to see as many fireflies as we did. There were so many places we saw them during the boat ride. One even flew up close to our boat. It was an unforgettable experience! Thankyou so much to the tea

I was searching for a wheelchair accessible tour where I could bring my 88-year-old godfather visiting Thailand. This tour and the guides were absolutely amazing. They are so kind, resourceful, and enthusiastic. They managed to bring him inside the boat in the floating market with great care (gently and boldly insisting, calming down my fears). When I booked the floating market, I even didnt notice the dragon temple was the 80m high/350meters long spiral dragon tunnel that people walk up in. I was certainly not expecting we would go upstairs...and said we would stay in the garden... Disregarding this frivolous idea of mine, they brought us inside and when I saw the guide, the driver, and me were carrying him 350m up!!! You see the kind of kindness I am talking about. We had such a great adventure. My goddad loved the roots temple too and got his new luck coin to follow him in his pocket that was wondering around there next to Buddha. I recommend!!!

We spent two consecutive days with our guide, Elena. In the first day she organized a taxi for the whole day and took us first to a train market and then to the Ampawa Floating market (Sat and Sun only) about 1h drive south of BKK. The Ampawa market in the evening is a very pleasant and busy place, with shops, restaurants, boats and vendors catering for locals and tourists. We took a 1h longtail boat tour from the market around the neighboring canals and communities. The second day Elena took us to the Chatuchak and the Flower markets with a break for a very tasty lunch in a pleasant restaurant. Both days' activities were perfectly organized and executed. We had great time with Elena, who is very knowledgeable, open and friendly, with great organizational skills. Couldn't have spent our time better than that. Highly recommended!

Really enjoyed this visit. A very picturesque place. A great overview of the country's history, architecture and culture. A perfect place for taking Instagram photos.

This is like going with your bike through an open museum, truly breathtaking to see!