A fascinating microcosm of Thailand’s rich heritage and culture, this open-air museum sprawls over 320 acres in the Samut Prakan province just outside Bangkok. The creation of Lek Viriyaphant, the man also behind the the Erawan Museum in same area and the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, the park is shaped like Thailand and features over 109 replicas of the Kingdom’s most famous architectural sites, monuments, and palaces with each one placed approximately in their geographical positions.
Each reproduction was carefully selected and constructed at a third of their original size. Detailed research by top art historians has ensured the authenticity in the reconstruction and where the original structures were destroyed, they relied on historical documentation. Your journey begins at the southern end of ‘Thailand’ before moving up through the narrow neck of the peninsula to the rest of the country. Important stops along the way include Dusit Maha Prasat Palace in the Grand Palace, Sanphet Prasat Palace in Ayutthaya, Prasat Phimai in Nakhon Ratchasima, Prasat Phra Viharn (Preah Vihear) in Si Saket, Chedi of Cham Thewi and much more.
In one section, old houses from the Yananawa district in Bangkok were taken apart and rebuilt here to create an old community that includes shops selling arts and craft, souvenirs and deserts. At the recreation of the floating market there are several small restaurants that serve local delicacies.
Muang Boran is great day out for a family or group of friends that want a slice of Thailand in one go.