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    Muang Boran (The Ancient City)

    Muang Boran is located in Samut Prakan province (in the outskirts of Bangkok). It has been ranked the biggest open-air (private) museum in the world. It has the shape of Thailand and inside its huge park, you can discover the greatest architectural treasures of Thailand's various regions (models/reconstructions/typical houses), admire the old wooden stilt houses by the water, and plunge into the past when the traditional life by the water was the essence of the Thai village.

    Luckily, it was a lovely cool day on Saturday, so it was perfect for wandering/cycling around the huge site.

    First of all, don't forget to buy your tickets. Foreigners pay B300 and Thais pay B100. GoW paid. Her bike was also cheaper, but as she paid for that too, who am I to complain?


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    Seeing as we had been there for all of 2 minutes, we had to get something to eat, so we wandered around the Old Market Town to see if there was anything edible. Sadly, ther wasn't so I had to put up with a whinging Thai for a little while longer.



    This chap was carving leather...


    ... to make one of these.

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    Some of the shop-houses were a lot nicer than the modern equivalent. This teahouse is lovely.



    A covered bridge.



    The Dvaravati House


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    One has to be careful not to get run down by hoards of enthusiastic school kids.



    Luckily, someone is always watching over us.



    A muli-pillared wihan.


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    The Lan Chang styled wihan.



    Mucking around with the macro.



    A nice copy of the Prasat Sikhoraphum (Surin).


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    The Dvaravati Wihan.



    At the house of the Footprint of the Lord Buddha (Saraburi).



    And another one at the same place.


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    A Chinese style house at the floating village.



    A young deer. They run alongside you thinking you might have a snack for them. I learnt not to try and take pictures whilst cycling (unless you like blurred pictures of grass).



    A boat from the Royal Procession


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    I think this young lady is called Kuan Yin.



    Well worth a visit. Arrive early and you'll still struggle to see everything. There are 116 named attractions here and most really are very well done.

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    Great thread Mammers, pix are excellent. Will look into that camera for sure.

    E. G.

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    My girlfriend was talking about us going there a couple of days ago, not sure if I want to compete with the quality of your pictures though

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    Went there about 2 years ago. Good value for money but as Marmers said, you need to get there early to see everything in one day. The klong set-up with the different styles of traditional houses is very well done. They actually have people living in the houses, living as they did centuries ago. Highly recommended if you want a brief overview of Thailand's history and culture.

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    Cheers Marmers...came to check your pics as I'm interested in buying a new camera...good colour...

    but the place looks interesting and not so far from bangkok as well...

    thanks for the thread...

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    Awesome pictures!
    Time to contemplate a 'proper' camera...

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    Thanks for the kind words. Those idiot-proof cameras sure are good!

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    That's not what I meant, a great guy with a trained artistic eye like yourself behind the camera is what makes a good shot. Feel better now?

    It's just that the pics I extract from my camcorder always look a bit blurt, and me digi cam is a cheapo with a few flaws.
    I should get a proper cam.
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    "this message is hidden because the turdsniffing oaf is on your ignore list"

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    It looks great there, enjoyed the pics and the thread.

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    Actually there's some more great pictures.

    C'mon.. MtD, post more!

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    Sorry but Samutprakan is hell on earth in my book... Bangers lives there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goddess of Whatever
    C'mon.. MtD, post more!
    On this internet connection! Are you mad!? ???

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    Beautiful place. I'm inspired to start carrying around my camera now.

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    Great photos..

    Have they redone the place recently.

    I recall going about 6 years or so ago and it looked nothing like the pictures posted?
    Or did someone charge me thousands of baht and take me to their backyard instead?
    In any event a revisit is necesary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troubled View Post
    Great photos..

    Have they redone the place recently...
    I was thinking the same thing! Regardless, we will soon be making a trip out.

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    Just today it has been suggested that we may go there too. After reading that thread it sounds like a good idea to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabian View Post
    Just today it has been suggested that we may go there too. After reading that thread it sounds like a good idea to me.
    Who is 'we'?

    Ever heard of "Out of the fryingpan and into the fire"?

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    Yes, you must be very very careful with "we" in Thailand. Many guys have been caught by the old "my friend come duay, okay?" Unfortunately, the Thai tongue is not wondefrful at the plural 's'. The 'friend' often turns out to be several friendS. Got caught twice over a fair period of time. Expensive both times, with no (immediate) reward !!

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