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Ancient City

Explore a Floating World at the Ancient City
The Ancient City, or Muang Boran, is one of the world’s largest outdoor museums. It features a 200-acre city with 109 scaled down copies of Thailand’s most famous monuments and architectural attractions all in one place. Located in Samut Prakan Province near Bangkok, the site is huge and sprawling but you can rent a golf cart to drive around the property at your leisure. The floating market in the picture is a lot cleaner and less chaotic than the one it's modeled on in Bangkok!

An AzAmazing Evening in Bangkok's Ancient City
On my sailing adventure with Azamara Club Cruises, I headed to Bangkok's Ancient City for an AzAmazing Evening, an excursion for all of Azamara's guests on board, which is also included in the voyage. The evening is designed to highlight the culture of the countries being explored, and in this case, it highlighted the heritage of Thailand. The Ancient City is a park set on 320 acres of land, dedicated to preserving the rich cultural Thai history. There are over 100 reproductions of monuments and famous buildings on the grounds, many of which have royal and religious significance. Though only open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the general public, to Azamara guests the Ancient City opened its doors for a special evening display of art, food, architecture, Thai performances and dancing.

A Blast on a Bike
The Ancient City is a vast expanse of landscape — trees, hills, streams, lakes — dotted with reproductions of Thailand’s palace halls, temples, stupas, stone sanctuaries, and traditional houses, connected by a maze of bike trails. The concept sounds really touristy and tacky — I’m sure hardcore architecture and history buffs would be appalled by the idea — but the park is actually pretty tasteful. Coasting shakily from pseudo-landmark to pseudo-landmark, steering with one hand and hiking down my skirt with the other, I realize that I’m grinning like an idiot. This is so fun!

Luang Prabang & Bangkok trip report: http://bit.ly/17Q0Cup

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