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Ancient City Muang Boran Ticket with Private Transfer Option

1. Ancient City Muang Boran Ticket with Private Transfer Option

Ancient Siam (also known as Ancient City, Mueang Boran) is a park constructed under the patronage of Lek Viriyaphant and spreading over 200 acres (0.81 km2) in the shape of Thailand. The founder's original idea was to create a golf course with miniatures of Thailand's historically significant structures spread around the course. During his research, he found most structures severely damaged and decided instead to create new miniatures, to save the original structures when possible, or to re-create them full size or scaled down. Ancient Siam is dubbed as the world's largest outdoor museum. Located in Samut Prakan province, the 320-hectare "city" features 116 structures of Thailand's famous monuments and architectural attractions. The grounds of Ancient Siam correspond roughly to the shape of the Kingdom, with the monuments lying at their correct places geographically. Some of the buildings are life-size replicas of existing or former sites, while others are scaled down. The replicas were constructed with the assistance of experts from the National Museum to ensure historical accuracy. Outstanding works include the former Grand Palace of Ayutthaya (destroyed in the Burmese invasion of 1767), Phimai Sanctuary in Nakhon Ratchasima, and Wat Khao Phra Viharn on the Cambodian border. You can select to explore this remarkable outdoor museum by tram, walk or bike for free. Alternatively, pay a little extra to get the golf cart, and drive around to save time and enjoy more.

Bangkok: Grand Palace Self-Guided Walking Tour

2. Bangkok: Grand Palace Self-Guided Walking Tour

Welcome to the narrated, offline, self-guided walking tour of the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok. Explore the Grand Palace with maximum flexibility and value. Begin the tour in the heart of bustling Bangkok, at the Grand Palace gates. The Palace is also Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist temple site, which the Thai people hold close to their hearts. Start your tour as soon as you downloaded the app and arrived at the Grand Palace entrance. Enter the spacious grounds, follow the instructions, and hear all about the long history of the palace, the battles of kings, and the mysteries of the Emerald Buddha. Follow a set route and explore the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Outer Court with many public buildings, the Middle Court including the Phra Maha Monthien, Phra Maha Prasat, and Chakri Maha Prasat buildings, the Inner Court, and the Siwalai Gardens quarter. Walk into the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, explore the palace grounds, and admire the murals of the Ramakien outside. As your tour wraps up, you’ll end by the gates again and have discovered the deep significance of this royal and religious site.

Samut Prakan: Erawan Museum Discounted Admission Ticket

3. Samut Prakan: Erawan Museum Discounted Admission Ticket

Enjoy access to the Erawan Museum, located just outside Bangkok in Samut Prakan province. Find out how the museum was constructed as a symbol of peace and humanity, showcasing the arts, philosophies, religious diversity, and spirit of Asia. Receive a discounted ticket that allows you access at a specified date and time. When you arrive, marvel at the giant 3-headed elephant sculpture which makes up part of the exterior building. This attraction is the first and biggest hand-carved sculpture in the world. As you enter, discover how the museum is sectioned into 3 levels which symbolize the underworld, the earth, and heaven in a lot of religious and philosophical thinking. Start at the Suvarnabhumi Level, the underground level of the Elephant. Observe a showcase of ancient artifacts and porcelain - all part of the owner's prized collection - which represent 'the past'. Admire numerous artifacts including the Thai style ceramic ware of Benjarong. Also marvel at the figure of Naga, the snake-like god of the underworld who is the givers of waters in Buddhist belief. Next, head up to the Earth Section, the circular base that supports the weight of the elephant. See how the interior of the building incorporates many art forms of the world, including Western and Eastern styles in a truly unique form. Notice how the ceiling of the entrance is similar to the ceiling of the earth and the stained glass form the pattern of the Earth. Finally, arrive at the Cosmo Level which is the area inside the body of the elephant. Navigate along 2 passageways from the right and left feet of the elephants towards an area painted with stories of gods and goddesses floating in heaven. Once you've explored the interiors of this unique building, continue your tour to the outside areas. Take a stroll through the garden which is filled with rare tree species from all over Thailand, some of which have significance in Thai literature.

Erawan Museum and Ancient City: Combo Ticket

4. Erawan Museum and Ancient City: Combo Ticket

Conveniently visit both famous attractions in Samut Prakan province, Erawan Museum and Ancient City, with one ticket. Find out how Erawan Museum, located just outside of Bangkok, was constructed as a symbol of peace and humanity, and now showcases the arts, philosophies, religious diversity, and spirit of Asia. Upon arrival, marvel at the giant three-headed elephant sculpture which makes up part of the exterior building. This attraction is the first and largest hand-carved sculpture in the world. Ancient Siam, also known as the Ancient City, is a park constructed under the patronage of Lek Viriyaphant and spreading over 200 acres in the shape of Thailand. The founder's idea was to create a golf course filled with miniatures of Thailand's historically significant structures. Today, some of the structures in the park are full-size replicas of important Thai monuments, while others are scaled-down, miniature versions. Opt to include a traditional khantoke meal during your visit to the Ancient City to make your trip even more fulfilling and memorable.

Bangkok: Wat Arun Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Bangkok: Wat Arun Self-Guided Audio Tour

Take a narrated, self-guided audio tour of the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Discover one of the most stunning religious structures along the Chao Phraya River. Enjoy a tour that has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Use your self-guided audio tour to explore the Wat Arun complex at your own pace. Begin at the entrance and follow the route provided on the app. Explore the main cloister which contains more than 100 Buddha images and Buddha's footprint. Explore the beautiful Ordination Hall and enjoy the views from the central spire, decorated with seashells and porcelain. Hear interesting facts and trivia about the site as you explore.

Bangkok: Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Bangkok: Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) Self-Guided Audio Tour

Take a narrated, offline, self-guided audio walking tour of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) in Bangkok. Discover the largest reclining Buddha statue in Thailand and explore the complex of four temples that houses the largest collection of Buddha statues in the country. Enjoy a tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Use your self-guided audio tour to explore the Wat Pho complex at your own pace. Begin at the complex entrance and follow the route provided on the app. Learn more about the architecture of the temples which is notably different from other temples in Thailand. Hear interesting facts and trivia about the site as you explore. Discover more about the history of the site and its role as The Royal Temple of King Rama I of the Chakri Dynasty. Learn about the 1,360 marble inscriptions related to medical, historical, and liberal sciences located throughout the temples. Gain comprehensive insight into one of Bangkok's most famous landmarks throughout your tour.

Bangkok: Self-Guided Audio Tour

7. Bangkok: Self-Guided Audio Tour

See the best of Bangkok as you take advantage of the navigation functionality and suggested walking routes offered by this self-guided audio tour. There's so much to explore in Thailand's capital. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city as you check out iconic landmarks including the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Lumphini Park, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Make sure you tune in to the audio commentary to hear all about the tourist hotspots. Go at your own pace and take a break whenever you fancy. When you’re ready, plan your next walking route, pinpoint your favorite sights, and seek out the best photo opportunities as you continue to explore the city.

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The park is magnificent. A visit is required. The best route to get to it is along the green metro line to the Kheha terminus. Then, right at the station, take tuk-tuk No. 36 and get to the main entrance to the park. In the park, first of all, go to the ticket office and present your voucher. You will be given a sticker on clothes and a map of the park. You can start the inspection. The bike is free and it seemed to us the easiest inspection of the park. The whole park took us 7 hours. There is an option to rent an electric car (200 baht / hour), and you can also travel by tram. The electric cart is expensive, and the tram stops only at certain stops and passes many interesting objects. In the park there are places where you can eat / drink. Inspection is best to start from the very opening of the park at 9 am, until it is hot. Or, conversely, in the afternoon (the park is open until 19 hours), but in this case you will not have time to see all the objects.

This was a great way to get a good picture of the historical context and significance of everything we saw. I sometimes have problems understanding and hearing a live guide, and this is clear, informative and we could go at our own pace. Definitely recommend.

Really enjoyed this visit. A very picturesque place. A great overview of the country's history, architecture and culture. A perfect place for taking Instagram photos.

Very well done Pleasant and easy to visit even on foot without rushing because of the heat

This is like going with your bike through an open museum, truly breathtaking to see!