The Ancient City in Samut Prakan Just Outside Bangkok

The Ancient City or Muang Boran is one of the largest open-air museums in the world featuring replicas of Thailand’s most historic buildings from different kingdoms such as Lanna, Ayutthaya, and Rattanakosin. While most of the buildings have been scaled down to about one-third of the originals, some structures are life-size replicas.

The Ancient City was created by multi-millionaire Lek Viriyaphant (passed away in 2000), who also created the Erawan Museum in Samut Prakan and the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya. Founded in 1963, it’s quite remarkable how unknown this park is — at least I didn’t know about this place until recently when I saw some cool pictures on Instagram.

Bangkok in 72 Hours: Make the Most of Your Trip

A world of possibilities is awaiting you in the municipality of Bangkok. This urban oasis is the capital as well as the most populous city in Thailand hosting one of the world’s most sought-after sites for people of all cultures. With over 8 million people within its boundaries, this delta-based metropolis is far from your average city and should be thoroughly explored. The sights and sounds of the city will entrench visitors inside a paradox of exotic cultures.

Bangkok’s Old City: Escape the Metropolitan Rush and Sample Some of the Best Street Food

Bangkok is a metropolitan city with all that it entails; high-rise buildings, Skytrains, traffic jams, pollution, and noise. Thankfully, you can escape all that and go to the charming Old City (Rattanakosin) where it feels like the time has stood still. This old district is home the most incredible temples such as Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew (the Grand Palace) with the lovely Chinatown connected just southeast and the world-famous Khaosan Road to the north. The Old City is also home to some of the best street food vendors in Bangkok.

Maharat Road with charming old buildings and the impressive Wat Pho in the center.

The Platinum Fashion Mall in Bangkok – Thailand’s Largest Indoor Wholesale

The Platinum Fashion Mall in Bangkok is Thailand’s largest indoor wholesale with over 2,000 shops. If you like the typical Bangkok market but prefer air-condition, this is the place. On our last visit to the capital, I followed my wife to this enormous mall spread over seven floors separated into three zones, and after a couple of hours, I had to drag her out of the damn building. Below are some pictures I took.

Our Stay at Column Bangkok – the Apartment Style Hotel

Column Bangkok is a hotel in the area of Sukhumvit with ridiculously large rooms including a kitchen and laundry facility. And the best thing: it’s very affordable! We stayed two nights earlier this year and got a room with an amazing view over the high-rise buildings. The view from the pool is even more spectacular, but the pool area was not too exciting so we didn’t spend much time there.

Sukhumvit is probably the best area to stay in Bangkok and the hotel is located close to the sky train station, Terminal 21 shopping center and the famous red-light district Soi Cowboy. Below are some pictures of our room and nearby attractions.

Back to Bangkok’s Chinatown for Some More Street Food

Last year we visited Chinatown in Bangkok for the first time and had an amazing food experience which I also wrote about on my blog. This year we decided to come back, and although it was not quite as good as last year, it was a lovely evening spending many hours just walking around taking in the atmosphere, ordering something to eat whenever we felt for it. Below is what we ate.

Rolled rice noodle soup with crispy pork belly

A Drink at Soi Cowboy in Bangkok

After a fun night in town, my wife and I ended up at Soi Cowboy which were located close our hotel in Sukhumvit. I don’t have much experience of red-light districts, but I have learned that Soi Cowboy has a more easy-going, laid-back atmosphere than other famous red-light districts in Bangkok. The 150-meter long strip with pink-red-purple ultraviolet lighting and loud music is packed with go-go bars and girls in revealing clothes standing outside trying to attract customers. It’s a fun place for adults, and it should be on your list of places to see in Bangkok.

Soi Cowboy, Bangkok