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Muang Boran (Ancient City)

Thai name : เมืองโบราณ

GPS : 13.53938842,100.62307119 (See on the map)


Located in Samut Prakan, around 30 km int the South of Bangkok, this open-air museum offers more than 120 replicas of monuments on larger or smaller scales, but often at the actual size of the the most remarkable buildings of Thailand or neighboring countries. There are also some original creations that you will only find here. Muang Boran, it's a little Thailand, a little Laos, Cambodia, China and Myanmar in one place. And I must recognize that the work they did here is remarkable. If the weather is good, the place that you can visit by bicycle (what I recommend), tram (1h30 tour) or golf cart (there is a rental fee) is very photogenic. Even if it remains a little artificial and obviously does not replace the visit of the real monuments, it is nice to stroll in the park by bicycle. Count at least half a day to visite Ancient City as there is a lot to to see. You can eat there, near the floating market for instance.

=Note that if Muang Boran opens until after dark, few monuments are lit so if you hope to make beautiful night pictures like I did on my second visit here, you may be a little disappointed. If the tram ride can be a good introduction, it is quite limited with only 4 stops of 20 minutes on a 1h30 tour and it would be a great pity to limit your time in Muang Boran to this only mode of visit. But to spot the different monuments before taking a bicycle to discover the palace more thoroughly, it may worth it to start with that. Often the visit of Ancient City is combined with Erawan Museum a few kilometers before.

Practical information about Muang Boran (Ancient City)

ntrance fee: 700 THB per adult and 350 per child.
Open from 9 am to 7 pm every day.
Bicycles are available to visitors just before the entrance and there are 4 daily tram tours , departures at 10 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm. No extra charge for bicycle or tram tours (but you have to indicate that you want to take the tram tour when you buy your tickets). On the other hand for the small golf cars, it is 350 THB for the first hour then 200 THB per additional hour for the 4 seats car and 500 THB for the first hour and then 300 THB per additional hour for the 6 seats cars. Audio guides are also available with no extra charge but you have to leave a passport or identity card (a practice that I condemn for scooter rental in Thailand so I will not say it is right to do it here). > By local transport, there are several options to get to Ancient City but the most convenient is clearly to take the BTS, Bangkok Skytrain to Kheka station, 4 km from the entrance of Ancient Siam, then the climb in the songthaew (pick-up truck with benches) number 36 that you will find right at the foot of the stairs of the subway exit. It takes less than 15 minutes to reach the park and costs 10 THB (I paid only 8 THB on my way back). You can also take the air-conditioned bus 511 (Pinklao-Paknam) to the end of the line then take the same songtheaw n° 36. For the return no problem even after closing at 7 pm, there are still many songthaews number 36 that circulate. You will just have to take the pedestrian bridge which is 50 meters at the left of Ancient City exit to cross the road and take it the other way.
Tel: 02 323 4094

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