Ancient Siam (Muang Boran)
Also known as Ancient City or Muang Boran, Ancient Siam is a unique historical park and a must see Thailand destination, in Samut Prakarn province just south of Bangkok.
This huge open air museum is breathtaking and features hundreds of traditional ancient buildings of every type imaginable, which are either elegant copies or beautifully restored originals.
The park is laid out in the rough shape of Thailand, with temples, palaces, etc in their appropriate regions, and includes lakes, canals, landscaped gardens, villages, and even a floating market.
To get a great view of the whole park and the surrounding countryside, climb to the top of Khao Phra Viharn – a one third size replica of this famous mountain top temple on the border of Thailand and Cambodia.
It might be only one third the size of the real Khao Phra Viharn but it does take some effort to get to the top! Take a bottle or two of water and wear a hat to avoid sunstroke.
Ancient Siam is said to be the largest outdoor museum in the world, so don’t miss it!
It can get busy on weekends and public holidays so it’s best to head there on a normal working day if you can.
The place is huge so plan to be there most of the day. Cars are allowed in, but you can rent a bike, take the trolley tour, or stroll around.
You’ll find plenty of places to eat and drink but we suggest you always carry a bottle of water with you to ward off sunstroke.
The creator of Ancient Siam was the slightly eccentric billionaire Lek Viriyapant who spent millions designing and building the park in cooperation with the national museum.
He was so busy creating that he didn’t really publicise the place, and for years the admission fee was just 50 baht to visit an almost deserted wonderland.
After his death in November 2000, his family took on the immense task and have added many new exhibits. They began to advertise and publicise, and encouraged schools and other groups to join educational tours.
Ancient Siam is now a bit more than 50 baht to visit (consider the cost of maintenance!) and is getting many more visitors.
Ancient Siam is open 7 days a week from 9am to 7pm. It’s pretty easy getting there using the BTS skytrain most of the way.
Full information about this amazing place, including admission charges and how to get there, is on their website at https://www.muangboranmuseum.com/en/
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