Ancient Siam (formerly known as Ancient City) is the world’s biggest open-air museum. It occupies an area of 500 rais (200 acres). Construction began in the latter part of 1963. It is located at Tambon Bang Pu Mai, at Km. 33.5 of the old Sukhumvit Road, 8 kilometres from Samut Prakan town. This unique attraction is the center of scaled-down and actual-size replicas of important historical sites of various provinces such as Prasat Hin Phanom Rung, Wat Mahathat Sukhothai, Phraphuttabat Saraburi, Phrathat Mueang Nakhon, Phrathat Chaiya, etc. Furthermore, there are rare traditional folk arts and cultures, some of which are hard to come by nowadays. For those who wish to learn about Thailand, they will not be disappointed here.
Getting there: by car, take the Samrong – Samut Prakan Road to Samut Prakan T-junction and turn left going along the old Sukhumvit road (road to Bang Pu), then at approximately Km. 33 turn into an entry road to Muang Boran and drive on for 8 kilometres, Muang Boran will be on the left. To get there by bus, take the air-conditioned bus Line No. 11 (Pin Klao – Pak Nam) to the end of the Line and take the local mini-bus Line No. 36 to Mueang Boran.
Ancient Siam is called Muang Boran by Thai people. The museum is open daily from 8.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. Admission : Adult 300 baht, Child 200 baht. Fees for taking a car or van in is 50 Baht. For more information call 0-2709-1644 or 0-2224-1058-7, 0-2226-1936-7 or click www.ancientcity.com