Bangkok Day 3-4: Ancient City, Erawan Museum, and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Days three and four of my Bangkok trip were not so jam-packed because I wanted to enjoy as much as I can the places I planned to go to. Day 3 was spent exploring the magnificent Ancient City and the mythical Erawan Museum. The highlight of my fourth day was a food adventure at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and finally trying the original and authentic Thai massage. Anyway, here's a summed up story of my third and last day in the beautiful city of Bangkok.

Ancient City

Address: 296/1 Sukhumvit Road, Bangpoo, Samut Prakan 10280
Opening Hours: 9AM - 6PM daily
Entrance Fee: THB 700 (non-Thai adults), THB 350 (non-Thai kids 6-14 years old)

When I saw TikTok videos of this famous destination, I knew I had to go there. Spanning 200 acres, Ancient City has been regarded as one of the largest open-air museums in the world. It exhibits over 100 replicas of Thailand's most iconic sites from over 4,000 years ago. The entire are is so huge that it is not advised to walk when exploring this mini city.

That is why I rented a bike for 150 Baht (plus a 200 Baht deposit which will be returned after returning the bike key). There is no time limit for the manual bike so you can use it as long as you want. They also have e-bikes and golf carts for rent but a driver's license is required when renting which is out of the question for me. Even on a bike, it took me around three hours to explore the Ancient City.

I booked the [Combo Ticket] Ancient City + Erawan Museum Ticket Package in Klook and I only paid PHP 856 or around 543 Baht. I saved 50% off the regular ticket prices! So, one tip I can give is make sure that you check out Klook for super afforadable tour packages. And since I booked a pass for Erawan Museum, good thing that Ancient City provides a shuttle going to the museum for only 50 Baht. I paid the shuttle fee and made sure to be back before the scheduled departure of the shuttle.

Erawan Museum

Address: 99/9 Moo 1 Bangmuangmai, Samut Prakan, Bangkok 10270
Opening Hours: 9AM - 6PM daily
Entrance Fee: THB 400 (non-Thai passport holders)

Ancient City and Erawan Museum are usually paired up during tours and that is exactly what I did. I spent the whole morning in Ancient City. and then by 1PM, I took the shuttle ride from Ancient City going to Erawan Museum.

The Erawan Museum is famous for its three-headed Erawan elephant that is considered to be the master of all elephants in the universe, the trusted companion of Indra, and is one of the most significant symbols of Indra. The surrounding area of Erawan Museum is a garden full of trees from traditional Thai literature. Thai myhthical creatures are also exhibited all around the garden to introduce the world to the magical Thai myth.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Address: Damnoen Saduak, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand
Opening Hours: 7AM - 5PM daily

On my last day, I met with my cousin-in-law's sister who lives in Bangkok. We didn't have any connection or interaction prior to this meeting but I was so happy that we instantly clicked when we finally met. She took me to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and it was definitely one of the best parts of my Bangkok trip. She rented a car for the whole trip and it took us almost two hours to arrive at the floating market.

I say that it was the highlight of my entire Bangkok trip because that was the only time that I tried a lot of local Thai food and delicacies. The khanom buang which is a crispy crepe with meringue was one of the best Thai desserts I have ever had. The coconut ice cream was unforgettable, too. We may have not had the time to try the famous boat ride around the floating market, but I did enjoy eating so much food. If you're a first timer in Thailand, you should include this floating market in your itinerary, too.

Finally, I am so done recalling and putting my Bangkok trip into words! Writing my Bangkok blogs made me miss the beautiful city so much and I would definitely come back and take Zayn with me next time.

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