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“A day in Samut Prakan” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ancient City (Mueang Boran)

Ancient City (Mueang Boran)
296/1 Sukhumvit Road | Bangpoo, Samut Prakan 10280, Thailand
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: One of the world’s largest outdoor museums features a 200-acre city with 109 scaled-down copies of Thailand’s most famous monuments and architectural attractions.
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Vienna, Austria
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“A day in Samut Prakan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We got there without expecting too much and it was a great day. We rented bikes and rode around the area for half a day, climbed the little mountain and had a fantastic picnic. Even you get to see mostly only replicas of famous temples you get a fantastic impression of what to expect on your trip around Thailand. Not to forget the old original wooden houses or historical buildings that do not exist anymore. I would recommend to take the BTS Sukhumvit Line to Bearing and continue by taxi.
If you still got time on your way back to the city you could visit the Erawan Museum.

Visited December 2011
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“Lovely setting, lovely attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Our visit to the Ancient City turned out to be a real treat because of the vast array of buildings and sites in such a lovely setting.
On this visit we opted to use the tram for the first time bacause it was cripplingly hot and humid.
The giant replicas of temples, palaces and other structures were simply stunning and our decision for a motorised tour was fully justified after an exhuasting climb up to a viewpoint which left us soaked in sweat. A bit of breeze created by the tram when we got down was so welcome.
Make sure you have plenty of space on your camera card for this visit and keep a spare battery because you may well need both there is so much to photograph and enjoy.
There are convenient rest points all round the site, a number of points where visitors can buy a drink or use facilities and a useful number of maps dotted around to help visitors identify where they are.
All in all you should allow at least a morning to get the best out of what is a giant site which includes several water areas.

Visited November 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“All of Thailand on a few hectares!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

If you need a rest from the blaring loudspeakers and noisy mobs of downtown Bangkok, this is a great place to get away for an day. Located not far out of the central city on Route 3 on the way to Pattaya, it offers a quick and peaceful way to view many famous places and buildings in Thailand, all within the confines of the park. If you are a seasoned bike rider, perhaps you might want to tour it on a bike, but for the rest of us, go by car, or van or sign up for a tour. What you'll see is minature versions of various famous Thai places and buildings - great for photographers who don't have time to tour the whole country. A cool day is best because you'll be outdoors a lot and sunny for photos, of course.

Visited March 2012
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Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
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“Tour Thailand in One Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This site is a ways out of Bangkok, in Samut Prakhan but the hour long trip is worth it.

Plan on spending at least half a day here. After you purchase your tickets you can either walk, borrow a bicycle at no cost, or rent a golf cart.

Inside the owners went to great lengths to bring historical significant buildings here or recreate the wonders of Thailand. If you are able to travel around the country seeing the real thing this is a wonderful substitute to get a feel for ancient Siam. Even if you have traveled about you will be amazed at the authenticity here.

I was particularly impressed with the Khao Phra Vihan recreation. I have been to the actual site and I felt like I was back there after climbing all the steps to reach the summit of the recreation.

The floating market is another extraordinary recreation and they sell food items, drinks, clothes and souvenirs.

You will see many temples and monuments that are broken down by region.

If you want a worthwhile day trip this is perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to others.

Visited March 2012
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Muntinlupa City, Philippines
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“An Eye Candy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We arrived to this place around 12:00NN. Since the sun was mercilessly beating down on us we ditched the idea of riding the bike and decided to ride on the tram scheduled to leave on 1:00PM. The entrance fee is Thb 500 which includes the choice of using a bike or riding the tram.

We decided to eat our lunch in a small caferia just across the ticket office and found ourselves eating huge servings of tasty fried thai rice (I had pork fried rice while my sister had chicken fried rice) and a can of coke for only Thb. 60.00.

I cannot really recommend the tram ride for three major reasons - (1) the driver and guide speaks only in Thai. (2) it only stops at specific places - in our case in 4 major places, the last one being the Floating Village and (3) apparently, in our last stop, the Floating Village, we were left behind to fend for ourselves. Imagine our dismay when we found out we were left behind. While walking back to the entrance is possible, it is not recommended since if you look at the map the Floating Village is somewhere in the middle and walking in the hot afternoon sun and trying to wade you way back is not a very good idea since some of the signs are in Thai. It took sometime for us to find someone who can speak a bit of english so they could radio someone to pick us up with another tram.

My best suggestion for this place is to hire the golf cart. We would have done the same if not for the fact that my sister has no confidence yet in my driving skills (she cant drive yet). I guess, biking around is ok, but for me, when I saw the other tourist biking around sweating and looking like crabs (they are very red) because of the sun and heat, I rather have a covered transporation anyday. Even the tram.

Despite our not-so-spectacular experience with the tram the place itself is spectacular. Definitely an eye-candy and worthy of draining the batteries of your camera. There is not much tourist in this area so you get to enjoy the view and structures for yourself.

Will definitely go back to this place again and explore it properly. I am pretty sure we missed a lot of places since our trip is limited to the areas of the route of the tram.

Getting to this area - ride the BTS until Bearing station. From there ride a taxi (i suggest you print out the name of Mueang Boran in Thai and give it to the driver). Cost should be around Thb 120-150 depending on the traffic.

Visited November 2012
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