Your next Saturday outing: the Ancient City

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How do you compress a visit to Thailand’s most famous sights into two hours?

The Ancient City.

The Ancient City: a perfectly-sized place for tots

The Ancient City: a perfectly-sized place for tots

Yes, with little ones in tow you can visit just over one hundred replicas of some of Thailand’s most well-known monuments and architectural sites in one day. A trip to the Ancient City is a great way to comfortably introduce your children to Thai history and culture without the inconveniences of long car rides, air travel, and packed bags. The Ancient City offers plenty of room for little ones to run freely on beautifully manicured lawns and practice their stair-climbing on scaled-down replicas of famous Thai wats. The Grand Palace? The famous floating market? A replica of a Thai junk boat? They can all be found at Ancient Siam.

Logan displaying a healthy glow after much stair climbing

Logan displaying a healthy glow after much stair climbing

Motorized vehicle-loving toddlers and bike-happy parents will love Ancient Siam. Tour it via your own private two-, four-, or six-seater golf cart or rented bike . You could also hop aboard a tram for a guided tour; however this is not nearly as cool as the first two options.

The golf cart was definitely the highlight of the visit for Logan

The golf cart was definitely the highlight of the visit for Logan

Travelling by golf cart

Travelling by golf cart

January is the perfect time of year to visit Ancient Siam, which is about 40 minutes outside of Bangkok by car. Because it is completely an outdoor activity, bring hats, sunscreen, and water. A couple hours of exploring will probably suffice to take in the sights and wear out your little ones enough to sleep the entire car ride home. We were so happy to discover this new activity. We hope you will enjoy it, too!

LorenB

Our family got its start in Washington, D.C. where two young diplomats-in-training met, dated, and subsequently were sent to opposite ends of the earth (Thailand and Mozambique) by the U.S. Foreign Service.  After four years and six countries apart, a proposal in Venezuela, a wedding in Thailand, and a honeymoon in Laos, the Braunohlers resided as one in Sydney, Australia in 2006-7.

After a two-year stint in Khartoum, Sudan and a year-long recovery in Washington, D.C., the third Braunohler, Logan, arrived on the scene in July 2010.  Just three and a half months into his young life, our family accepted an assignment in Bangkok, Thailand, where we now reside, work, and play.  On May 10th, 2012, we welcomed sweet Katelyn Elise into our family.

Our time in Bangkok has shown us that raising young children in this buzzing, sometimes glitzy and glamorous, sometimes seedy metropolis is a phenomenal joy. I hope to inform and inspire others about the joys of raising a toddler, both in general, and in a place like Thailand, where children are continuously adored and amazed by the world around them. I hope to inform and inspire others about the joys of raising a toddler, both in general, and in a place like Thailand, where children are continuously adored and amazed by the world around them through my blog at www.toddlejoy.com.

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