Thailand is the most popular country for tourists in Southeast Asia. It is famous all around the world for its exotic culture, its rich history, its fantastic food, and of course its stunning beaches like Phuket. Thailand is a large country and it is not really possible to see all the architectural attractions in one trip. But with the unique Ancient Siam museum, one can find many of these as replicas in one place.

It is located just out of the main city of Bangkok and just near the sea. This is a very large museum and one should plan to spend the better part of a day exploring it. If one has time, Bangkok is close to Siam Riep where one can explore the extremely famous "lost city" of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.


What To Know About Ancient Siam Museum

Thailand has an ancient and proud history and one worth telling and exploring. One of the best places to delve into the history of Thailand is at the Ancient Siam museum (Siam is the old name for Thailand).

Ancient Siam is dubbed as the world's largest outdoor museum spanning over 200 acres (0.81 km2) in the shape of Thailand. The monuments themselves within the park lie at their correct places geographically.

  • Name: Called เมืองโบราณ, Mueang Boran (Ancient City) In Thai
  • Shape: The Museum Is In The Shape of Thailand
  • Size: 200 acres (0.81 km2)
  • Structures: Boasts Around 116 Structures

The "city" museum includes 116 structures of some of Thailand's famous monuments and architectural attractions. Some of these buildings are full life-sized replicas while others are scaled-down replicas (many built at one-third the scale). Care has been taken to ensure historical accuracy. Some structures are "creative designs" and are not replicas of anything.

Some of the most notable structures include:

  • Grand Palace of Ayutthaya: It Was Destroyed in the Burmese invasion of 1767
  • Phimai Sanctuary: Located in Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Wat Khao Phra Viharn: A Temple Located Just Over The Border In Cambodia - Thailand Claimed It For Many Years

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Background and Vision Behind The World's Largest Museum

The museum is the result of Mr. Lek Viriyahbhun. He was born in 1914 into a Chinese businessman's family in Sampeng, Thailand. His love of collecting antiques and ancient architecture led him to work to bring all the great works in Thailand together to showcase for people.

At first, he wanted to build a Thai map-shaped golf course where miniatures of important national ancient sites were placed. But as he did his research, he found that many ancient sites had been left in decay.

He then grew more ambitious with his plans and developed the concept of the Ancient City. Not only would it be a tourist attraction and a place of relaxation, but also an open-air museum so that later generations would be proud of their national heritage.

Today, the Ancient Siam Museum he created is a meditative and quiet place to escape the city. He realized his dream and people come to see structures from all over the country. It means that people can see representatives of almost all the most notable buildings of Thailand in one place. The buildings are known to be staggeringly photogenic.

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Visiting The Ancient Siam Museum

The place and its gardens are well maintained, but the tickets can be a bit expensive. Consider booking them 24 hours in advance online for a discount.

Due to the sheer size of the museum, it never really feels all that crowded. As it is so massive there is a free tram or a free bike to get around with. Otherwise one can also rent a golf cart.

The Ancient City or Ancient Siam museum is open daily during normal business hours. Foreign tourists pay a higher price than locals, but foreigners living in Thailand with a Thai driving license pay the same price as the locals.

  • Open: Every Day
  • Opening Hours: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Admission Fee: 

  • Adult: 700 Baht ($21)
  • Children: 350 Baht ($10) (Aged 6 to 14 years of age)
  • Golf Car Hire: 400 Baht ($13) Exclude Driver

Time table of electrical Tuk -Tuk service

  • Round 1: 09.30 am – 11.00 am
  • Round 2: 11.00 a.m. – 12.30 pm
  • Round 3: 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm
  • Round 4: 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm
  • Round 5: 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm

One Tripadvisor wrote of the museum:

"If you don`t have enough time to travel in Thailand but you want to see some interesting traditional buildings and look into Thai culture I can recommend this place... You need 1 day to look around this place. Don`t worry you can pick up a bicycle or you can use mini tour bus. They have restaurant some good with really nice food."

This is a very novel and fantastic way to explore Thailand. It is especially important if one doesn't have time to travel around the country and explore all the different sites. Another local attraction nearby is the Crocodile Farm.

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