An entire day spent on traveling to and visiting this immense outdoor cultural theme park. A mixture of actual buildings which have been relocated, and replicas of important buildings or monuments typically done at one third scale.

Today saw us venturing a bit further afield, outside of the Bangkok urban sprawl. We took the BTS Skytrain to the furthest station south, Samrong BTS on the Sukhumvit line. From here, we soon picked up a metered taxi for the approximately six mile journey to Muang Boran, or the ‘Ancient City’.

New exhibit for 2018, a Golden Temple
New exhibit for 2018, a Golden Temple

I hadn’t anticipated the scale of this attraction. On paying for our entrance ticket, we were offered the choice of either bicycle hire, or a guided tour on a series of open electric buses or ‘trams’. We soon realised why – the site is HUGE, and I can imagine it would take several days to fully explore all of the buildings on foot. We’ve explored building museums before in the UK, with maybe a couple of dozen exhibits to get around. But this place has over 120 exhibits in landscaped parkland with lakes, all interconnected by roadways suitable for bikes and electric vehicles.

Fountain detail outside the Sanphet Prasat Palace from Ayutthaya
Fountain detail outside the Sanphet Prasat Palace from Ayutthaya

Downside of the guided tour by tram, it all felt a bit rushed. There were several short stops at the most significant buildings. However, we would have welcomed the opportunity to spend a little time at some of the lesser, but equally photogenic, points along the route. One of the entrance options was to hire a personal golf buggy, and with hindsight I really wish we had done the tour this way instead.

Floating Village, Muang Boran
Floating Village, Muang Boran

Several hours later, and in overload from all of the buildings we had seen, we grabbed a quick ice cream at the entrance before heading back into Bangkok via taxi and skytrain once more.

Khmer style tomb. Muang Boran
Khmer style tomb. Muang Boran

Today’s trip marked the end of our first stage in Bangkok. Tomorrow, we’re up early for a short internal flight to Phuket, to break up our stay with a few days beach holiday!