This afternoon, I’m exploring Ancient Siam in Samut Prakan. This is an excellent Bangkok daytrip. If you don’t have time to see all of Thailand, you can see much of it here. In this THREAD I will choose 10 stops and upload the rest of my photos to the My Thailand Bucket List FB group.
[1/10] The Wihan at Wat Phumin in Nan, Northern Thailand. The original temple was constructed in 1776 and has a unique floor plan as it has four Buddhas and four doors facing each direction. The murals on the wall are of particular interest.
[2/10] Khun Phaen House in Ayutthaya. This is a typical wooden house from the central region of Thailand. It is in fact four houses fronting on one rectangular platform open to the sky.
[3/10] The Pavilion of the Enlightened. This structure is beautiful in itself, but within you will find hundreds of wood carvings of monks, each with their own unique facial features and expressions
[4/10] The Grand Hall of Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai. If you don’t have time to visit Sukhothai Historical Park, you can always go to Ancient Siam in Samut Prakan where you can see this iconic image as well as the Standing and Walking Buddhas from Sukhothai.
[5/10] The Footprint of the Lord Buddha at Wat Phra Phutthabat in Saraburi. This replica at Ancient Siam in Samut Prakan is slightly smaller but just as impressive.
[6/10] Sanphet Prasat Throne Hall in Ayutthaya. This was the principal building in the Grand Palace when Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam. It was burnt to the ground by the Burmese in 1767. Only the foundations remain. This replica was built at Ancient Siam in Samut Prakan.
[7/10] The Dusit Maha Prasat Palace in Bangkok. This is a replica of the audience hall in the present day Grand Palace. The original building was built in 1806 and has been subsequently updated over the years. This is a replica of the original design.
[8/10] Bang Pa-In Gardens. This is a replica of a kind of rock garden that dates back to the Ayutthaya period. Features include miniature trees and rocks placed to look like mountains.
[9/10] The Phimai Sanctuary in Nakhon Ratchasima. This is a replica of the Khmer style sanctuary which is made of white limestone and sandstone. It is considered the largest religious monument in Thailand.
[10/10] Sala of 80 Yogi. If you walk along this outdoor shelter, you will discover the 80 unique postures of yogi which is a form of the ancient Thai medical treatment that has been studied and practiced for generations.
That is a wrap of my half-day tour of Ancient Siam. I hope my photos have inspired you to visit. Really, this is less than 10% of what there is to see.
I bought an annual pass for ฿565. Regular price for Thais/expats is ฿400 & ฿700 for tourists.