Visit The Ancient City of Siam – 30 KM South of Bangkok Thailand

Today Gift and I visit the Ancient City of Siam with friends. I could have made this video 4 hours long because there are so many beautiful things to see. I highly recommend a visit to the Ancient City of Siam if you are ever in the Bangkok area. Easy to get to using public transportation such as the BTS and taxi. Also the entry fee seems to be much cheaper on line.
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  1. Highlights of Samut Prakan Ancient City
    The grounds mimic the precise shape of Thailand, with sections divided into the Northern Region, North-eastern Region, Central Region, Southern Region, and Suvarnabhumi. Throughout the park, you’ll find over 115 significant structures of Thailand, including chedis, palaces, bell towers, pavilions, temples, halls, floating markets, Buddha images and shrines.

    A garden of stupas at Samut Prakan Ancient City reveals how deep-rooted Buddhism is in Thai culture. A recreation of an Ayutthaya-era theatre pavilion showcases the artistic grandeur of the time, with elaborately carved and gilded motifs. The serene Garden of the Gods presents a lively 3-dimensional tableau of Hindu deities Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva cast in bronze.

    1. @MrChumpusI am so sorry to hear about the current situation my friend, my thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted. I hope and pray that things get better real soon. Stay safe! All the best!

  2. VERY Nice Joe,, It was a Pleasure to hang around with you two wonderful people for the day. Im Jealous of your video editing skills You are good !! Say Hi To Gift for us and keep in touch,,, Randy + Boom !

  3. such a beautiful place…..and I still haven’t been there. Does Gift know you’re checking out other women and saying…”very nice”? 5555 I’m suuuuure you were talking about the temple πŸ˜‰

  4. In the UK the government’s direction is not to travel unless you have too! Thai govt canceled visa on arrival. So cheap or not avoid all travel.

    1. @Foreigner Joe True that bruv, people please stay safe and help the elderly and venerable people. It’s about time the West learned from the East how to look after family and friends if they are not already doing it.

    2. Things are changing very quickly all over the world my friend. Honestly, it’s getting hard to keep up with what country is doing what. Stay safe. All the best!

  5. It frustrates me so much when a country charges more for foreigners. Coming from America no one charges more based on where your from. Any ideals on why this still happens?

    1. you should examine what really happens in the USA. Utah resorts pay extra taxes in a number of ways property, sales, airport fees, etc locals receive many discounts they just are not as in your face as Thailand’s. you have money, many times they don’t, that’s why on children’s day they get to go for free. the only question is do you believe it’s a good value?

    2. Last I visited Chicago, decades ago, they charged people from outside Illinois more for certain attractions. I assumed, but did not know, it was because those attractions were subsidized by Illinois taxpayers so they got a break.

  6. Joe, even though flights are cheap I would not risk traveling at this time. Unfortunately, people who leave the country for vacation purposes do not look very smart lately.πŸ˜•

  7. Big financial problems coming. Have connections. US will pull out of China as fast as they can. New NAFTA agreement states that medical supply stuff needs to be made in the North American continent which includes Mexico and Canada. China has control of 95% of medical machines and medicines. Malaysia on lock down and one needs police permission to travel. My wife just came back from Jahor Baru in the south. Her son is a prince so he called and got her permission. Silver is being bought at a fantastic pace in the US by citizens. China has a vast amount of silver and has been buying for some it for some time. There is much more going on.

  8. It’s such a beautiful place, I can’t believe how empty it was, there must of been a thousand people there when I went, unfortunately due to the crowds I didn’t get to see it all (it’s big), it was a spontaneous stop on the way back from Chon Buri. It’s shaped roughly like Thailand and some of the attractions are geographically located, so much history there I must return one day. Thanks for sharing, many blessings to you, Gift and family πŸ™
    Cheers 🍻

  9. Looks like You and( Notime2Besad) are the only Ex-pats doing any traveling at this time,read in the Bangkok Post that all Bars,Restaurants,massage parlors are closed in Bangkok and SongKran got cancelled,looks like Pattaya & Phuket are OK.I was there during Sars and Avian flu,2 months after 9-11 and nothing was ever closed up then.

    1. Things are changing quickly here my friend. With the exception of moving, I think that I will put the breaks on traveling around for a while. Stay safe! All the best!

  10. Hi Joe and Gift, Glad to see you guys doing well in Thailand. Keep those video’s coming please. I really enjoy watching you guys and the place you visit. One of these days i’ll come to see both of you in Thailand and have lunch together once. Best of luck to both of you!

    1. I’m concerned about the ongoing pandemic and it’s effect on the world economy, like I believe every is one my friend. I do everything I can to avoid getting the virus or passing it on to others, should I unknowingly have it. Stay safe! All the best!

    1. I believe that you can buy the tickets online cheaper my friend, I might have unknowingly bought a yearly pass lol πŸ˜‚. There are many other places to see in Thailand that are not as expensive or even free. Stay safe! All the best!

  11. Hi Joe. Good work filming and video editing. Thailand will always be great for more to discover. I hope you and Gift are fine wherever you are. πŸ˜‰

  12. Very nice…I need to see this place. I like very much not a lot of tourist people are there but I think it’s because of many reasons, economy, heat is terrible now ,n the virus.
    Enjoy life

  13. Nice video. Foreigner Joe are you aware of the proper use of a mask. Do not touch the outside of it as it may contain the virus. Best thing is only use a mask if you are sick. Hope you are not at risk travelling about. Take care.

  14. Beautiful area, incredible. Thanks for the video look. But it looks like a ghost town in a lot of ways. Must be crazy when there are too many tourists….

  15. What a beautiful place!! Do you feel like you’re the only ones on the planet at times? Seems most places you visit are empty of people. Be well and healthy.

  16. What a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for sharing a great video Joe and Gift. Today Australia was put into lockdown due to the virus so I’m having to delay my May/June trip by a few months. Stay safe there both of you.😊

    1. I’m hearing a lot of countries are closing down my friend. Things here in Thailand are changing on a daily basis as well. Stay safe. All the best!

  17. Hi Joe and all. Just to say I lived most of my life WV. Berkeley Springs. I live now Florida Keys 6 mos and Phetchaburi 6mos. Where does your friend live in WV/ West Virginia

    1. I’m not exactly sure what part of WV Randy lives in. Perhaps he will answer your question when he reads this comment. Stay safe! All the best!

  18. What a big place you should stay at the hotel and get the breakfast and take your time to see things. you have a great lady and meet some interesting people

    1. Thank you πŸ™ for watching my friend. We plan on staying at the hotel one day and spending more time enjoying the AC. Stay safe! All the best!

  19. It’s the same guy who is responsible for the sanctuary of truth Pattaya, he has re claimed and saved so many buildings from being lost to Thai history, I did laugh when you chose the bycicle , it’s so big my husband drove like an F1 driver to get round each building in the car , and I still think we missed stuff, got to go back and do it over 2 days, good vlog

    1. Thank you πŸ™ for watching my friend. There is a lot to see so Gift and I will definitely go back and perhaps spend a night in the hotel there. Stay safe! All the best!

  20. Thanks for you vlogs and Gift’s also. Appreciate your background and enjoyed your retirement party. Hope to meet up sometime. We live in Phetchaburi but travel a lot. We also like Pra Chuop Kirikan and Cha Am. I am as I say now from Florida so being around beaches is priority for me. Take care stay safe and let me know if ever you are passing thru Phetchaburi, Aranya and would love to have a meal and beverage with you both. We cook at home mostly, traditional meals. Later. Wally and Aranya

    1. Hi Wally and Aranya, Thank you πŸ™ so much for watching and for the invite. Gift and I look forward to meeting you both one day. Stay Safe! All the best!

    1. Thank you πŸ™ for watching my friend.
      There are a lot Buddha’s there for sure. Very interesting the history behind them. Stay safe! All the best!

  21. Thanks Joe, I am going to ask the wife’s daughter (she lives in BKK) to take us there when we go in October. Looks very beautiful. Great video.

  22. Did that a couple of weeks ago – nice day for a bike ride, plenty to see and photograph. Will definitely go back and catch the things I didn’t stop for this time, like that market area and large mouth fish in your video.

    I can’t imagine the place with all the bicycles in use, fortunately, like you, there weren’t many people around, so photos were mostly sites or one of us in them.

  23. Hey buddy, nice video. I like history, so I spent the entire day at “Muang Boran” I asked in Thai “Can you give me the Thai price?” The friendly ticket agent replied “Sure, you are Thai people already.” Really made me feel welcome πŸ™‚

  24. Amazing and you have the place almost to yourselves. I have also wondered about the gold paint they used on temples and statues.

  25. Given the worldwide appeals and in some places legally enforced restrictions to travel … I find your actively moving about Thailand and vlogging at this time completely irresponsible.

    1. @Philip S, I didn’t. I normally post my videos within a few days of recording them. With the coronavirus and my already planned move out of Bangkok, there was no time, that is why the delay. Each video will always show the date posted but not recorded. Believe it or not, I still have footage from a year ago, if I find it useful I will use it. YouTube for me is a hobby, nothing more. All the best!

    2. While I appreciate your opinion and agree in today’s current situation and restrictions in place, people should try to self isolate to to every extend possible. The video that you watched was footage from sometime in February (I do not always post my videos right away) and I believe at that time, there were around 40 known cases here in Thailand and absolutely no restrictions in place. That being said, I lived in Bangkok at that time and still kept from visiting places with large numbers of people except to buy groceries and other essential items. I also maintained a safe distance from people in general. Stay safe! All the best!

  26. Since you live in Thailand; please visit my people in Thailand. The Hmong People in Thailand. My people are what they called The Jungle People

  27. Very nice hotel and ancient city. Believe it or not. I never knew this place until you filmed it. Next year i will get there and drive around. That’s for sure.

    1. The financial requirement for a retirement visa is 65,000 baht (2,818 Canadian dollars) at the current exchange rate. I know people living here for as little as 1,700 Canadian dollars. The true answer is it depends on your lifestyle my friend. Stay safe! All the best!

  28. Brand new subscriber, thanks to Joe and Gift for a brilliant video, the Ancient City of Siam brought back memories when I watched Yul Brynner in The King and I all those years ago. A remarkable place, we need to put it on our bucket list for sure. Great videos Joe Green and thank you for all your years of service.

  29. Love the hat. I live in Houston. We are supposed to go to BKK, Samui and Krabi in July but it’s not looking like it will happen at this point. Hopefully things get better.

  30. Hi Joe, I’ve been watching your video for a while now. I’m just dreaming of all the travels that I always want to do. BTW what camera and equipment/app did you use for this video? The video quality looks good. The I noticed Gift is using either Osmo pocket or FIMI Palm. Thank you for your videos

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