With cheap food and affordable shopping options, it’s not hard to see why Singaporeans are attracted to the Land of Smiles. If you heading there soon, there’s a hidden gem at Samut Prakan Province, near Bangkok, you have to add to your itinerary.
Muang Boran, also known as the Ancient Siam, is lauded for being the world’s largest outdoor gallery showcasing a 200-acre city with 109 scaled-down replicas of Thailand’s most famous monuments. This place is huge and you can easily spend a whole day here for a mere THB700 (THB350 for Thais).
Check out the magnificence of the Sumeru Mountain, a dazzling remake of the original temple surrounded by a mythical-like fish in the middle of a pristine lake. According to Thai cosmology, the temple is considered the centre of the universe.
How can you go to Thailand and not visit its temples? The Pavilion of the Enlightened replica is the perfect place to take Insta-worthy pictures to brighten up your feed in its splendid golden exterior.
Besides its allure, there’s also a noble story behind it: the original Pavilion of the Enlightened tells of the story of 500 monks who became enlightened and reached Nirvana.
You do not have to be a history buff to enjoy Ancient Siam. There’s just so many things to experience, from the stunning buildings to learning more about the history of these iconic building, while enjoying the panoramic views in the background.
Is it just me or does this structure look quite familiar? It reminds me of the renowned Angkor Wat in Cambodia. With its intricate design and washed-out colours, this building exudes a mysterious yet alluring vibe.
These replicas featured here are just a scratch on the surface, you have to come to experience it yourself. Given its spectacularity, it’s really surprising how underrated this place is.
And don’t worry, you don’t have to walk tirelessly for the entire day, there are bicycle rentals already included in the entrance fee. Alternatively, you can opt for the more comfortable golf cart (two seats THB150/hour, four seats THB300/hour, six seats THB450/hour) which can shield you from the sun. You know where to go when you head to Bangkok again.
Prices: (Entrance Fees) THB700, THB350 for Thais | (Golf Cart) Two seats THB150/hour, Four seats THB300/hour, Six seats THB450/hour