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    Muang Boran - Ancient City

    here's some pictures of Muang Boran which i visited a few years back. currently sifting through my photo's.

    anyway, the Ancient City is billed as the biggest outdoor Museum in the world. it was huge. even the land which the reconstructed temples sit is mapped on the outline of Thailand and its so big i gave up trying to walk round it in a day. it took 3 days infact to see everything

    this is the front gate. modelled of something from Sukhothai


    now i'm not going to show things in order cos 1, long time ago and 2, you dont really need to know where everything filts. also i bought a book, so thats why i some of the pictures have descriptions


    Ancient Theatrical Pavillion


    Bang Rachan


    Bell tower


    Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara


    Chachoengsao


    Pavillion of the Enlightened


    Thai Junk


    Sumeru Mountain


    Chedi Chet Yod, Chiang Mai


    Chedi of Cham Thewi, Lamphun


    Dvaravati Period Buddha


    Fish Trap


    Floating Market




    Folk Museum


    i was looking for a cow that can give me milk without UHT, sadly this was a male




    The Garden of Sacred Stupa


    Garden of the Gods






    Grand Hall, Wat Maha That, Sukhothai

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    Sukhothai


    close up of Buddha statue from Great Hall






    inside Grand Palace. To top it all off, they even close it to the public


    decorated Ceiling


    Think this is in Lampang




    another building from Sukhothai








    someone's footprint


    where Buddha's footprint is held, Sababuri


    Sanphet Praset Palace




    some of the artwork is fab, even if it is a copy






    i think you know this


    Monkey Temple, Lopburi


    and some sort of scale so you know how big some of these reconstructions are


    Nang Usa look out tower


    Market town


    a very long effing boat - real


    Sala of 10 Reincarnations

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    look at the knockers on her


    Ku Khu Maha That


    Lan Chang scripture Repository


    Pha Daeng-Nang ai


    Phang nga


    think its Praset Phimai


    Phra Maha That, Ratchaburi


    Pra Maha That, Surin


    Phra That Phonom


    Phra That Ya Khu


    Prasat Sikhoraphum, Surin


    no, its not dodgy Thai workmanship. it really is built on the piss




    Sala of Ramayana


    Salao of 80 Yogi




    ouch!


    Spirit houses


    Royal Boats


    Wat Chong Kham, Lampang




    Wat Pho Prathap Chang Gateway


    another decorated ceiling


    Buriram




    Preah Vihear


    the only people i saw in 3 days at the museum







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    Theres a part of me that looks askance at these sort of Theme parks. Or there was. Then I got lazy- I mean I've seen loads of ancient stuff in various states of preservation, from Borobodur to Avebury to Macchu Pichu, etc.

    These theme parks do a pretty good job, and they make a good day out. Kind of a compact look at things. In Shenzhen, near HK, you've got two such places pretty much next door to each other- one being miniature reproductions of old Chinese sites, one being replica's of world sights like the Eiffel Tower & so on. Somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed visiting them both. Sure, it ain't the 'real thing'- but so what.

    I may well check it out next time I've got tourists in tow. Cheers Wujou.
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    Absolutely fantastic photos....

    Officallly on my * To do list*

    ( Why the fuck can they build things of such precision and beauty but they can't build a bloody pavement without it sinking? )

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    I really want to go, looks great!

    I have just found their website....Admission lets them down though.... dual pricing!

    Foreign B350....ah well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathstardan
    Foreign B350....ah well...
    Come on, ain't that bad.

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    got in using my Uni card a few years back
    Also can take the car
    think that cost an extra 100

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    Excellent pictures WM. Puts my own offering in the shade. Yours give a lot better idea of how big the place is. I'm a bit of a skin flint myself but for once I thought the entrance fee well worth the money as the place really does take a long time to do justice. There are not many places I would pay 350 to visit twice but I'll probably take my mother here next year as its so user friendly

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathstardan View Post
    I really want to go, looks great!

    I have just found their website....Admission lets them down though.... dual pricing!

    Foreign B350....ah well...
    350 baht!!, lol, you should of gone in 2007 then, cos i paid 100 baht

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    sorry mate. i didnt know there was another topic. as for the price, looking back now, 100 Baht does sound a bit cheap. i really cannot remember how much i paid. but it wasnt 350 baht. and i was there for 3 days.

    i have a book in English with the price insde and found the english website from 2007 which quote 100 baht too, so i just stated it was 100 for me too

    you really have a good knack at the angles. like the chinese temple overlooking the water. i would try and get the whole thing, and feck it up, where as you get one portion of it in the water plus the reflection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WujouMao
    sorry mate. i didnt know there was another topic.
    No worries. It was a while ago.



    Quote Originally Posted by WujouMao
    you really have a good knack at the angles. like the chinese temple overlooking the water. i would try and get the whole thing, and feck it up, where as you get one portion of it in the water plus the reflection.
    It's been downhill since. I was in Vientiane for the last couple of days, and the only pictures I took were of the midget in her birthday suit. I didn't see anything else to inspire me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    and the only pictures I took were of the midget in her birthday suit
    I didn't see that thread....sure it'll be up soon.

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    ^ Very unlikely.

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    I've been there a couple of times. The last time I think was in 2004. Unfortunately I chose one of the hottest day of the year to take a couple of friends from Aus to have a look at the place. After a bit of a late start, we didn't get there til midday and then suffered severely walking around. The place is humungous with very little shade between the exhibits. We ended up spending quite a bit of time in the village set around the floating markets. They actually have people living in the display homes set on the klongs. Very interesting place but try to avoid the heat of the day.

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    B. Y. T. FULLLL
    i try to open the second half of the pictures next time,but the littles X
    are quite nice too...

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    ancient city

    wow. that is so amazing!!

    I'll have some days just for visiting places like this. could you spell out its location for me please??

    I'll be in Chiang Mai so hope its not too far away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by masuk
    I'll be in Chiang Mai so hope its not too far away.
    Only halfway across the country. It's near a little village called Bangkok.

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    ^ That's probably why this thread is in the Bangkok forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by deathstardan
    Foreign B350....ah well...
    Come on, ain't that bad.
    It's called having principles. You do remember them don't you?

    I notice on the official site they haven't even got the balls to state that Thais get in free.

    It's as if they think foreigners won't find out this place operates dual pricing.

    It's just another demonstration of that little dishonesty when Thais think they are being clever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beadle View Post
    I notice on the official site they haven't even got the balls to state that Thais get in free.
    They don't, they have to pay about half the price that foreigners do. But, as is often the case in this kind of situation, showing a work permit will get you in for the Thai price no problem.

    I's a great day out, I've been twice and there's no way I've seen everything on those two visits. Best way to get around is on bicycle, which you can hire near the front gate. In fact, if I remember correctly, the farrang ticket includes the hire of a bicycle also, making it even less of a mark-up on the Thai price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dantilley
    They don't, they have to pay about half the price that foreigners do. But, as is often the case in this kind of situation, showing a work permit will get you in for the Thai price no problem.
    You are right, they pay 100thb less but their ticket includes the tram ride which foreigner's ticket does not.

    The work permit/driving license thing is bullshit also, I have been refused Thai price at many places. It doesn't always work.

    Quote Originally Posted by dantilley
    if I remember correctly, the farrang ticket includes the hire of a bicycle also
    Bicycle is an extra 50thb according to the official website, or 100thb for a tandem (they call it a 'duo'), or 150thb for a 'triple'.

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    Great post and good pics - thanks for sharing .
    Much of the statuary reminds me of some I saw at Por Foi Loom near Nong Khai - outstanding stuff almost looks to frail to hold together.
    I hope to do a post one day when I get over the frustration of the last 2 attempts.
    Maybe with the rereading of the post by Klongmaster I might give it another go.
    I also visited a very old small Wat ruin outside Korat ,( I don't mean Phimai) it also was very interesting- does anybody else know anything about it? - The history from the inscriptions was particularly interesting .
    Once again , thanks for a top job.

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    It's as if they think foreigners won't find out this place operates dual pricing.


    Wish the Gold Coast rip off attraction operators were smart enough to follow the Thai example - then maybe the locals would attend and promote the idea to visitors and not have to downplay the parks in case they are asked to go with friends and fork out a $100 bucks for the day out?

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