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Muang Boran on A Segway

Address:296/1 Mu 7 Sukhumvit Rd. Bang Phu Mai sub district
Muang, Samutphrakarn 10280

It's been a while since we've been to the Ancient City. When we heard there is a tour that has Segways there, we were thrilled. It was a turn on, to see Thailand in one day on a futuristic vehicle. We had 3 Segways reserved for that coming Saturday. I would take my 10 years old daughter, my 4 years old son and the nanny. All of us never been on a Segway before, but always wanted to try. Ancient city would be one of the nicest places to try this.   

The Lan Chang Scrupture Repository and Wiharn  

Arriving at Ancient City, it was a bright clear sunny sky, a perfect day. We saw a couple of strange looking vehicles like objects with 2 smiling faces, we new, we were in for a treat. We greeted with Khun Kitisak the chief tour guide and Khun Thanakom the Segway instructor/expert of "Segway Tour Thailand". The instructor gave us a 1 minute crash course on how to operate a Segway then another minute to try it out. It was easy, just lean forward to go ahead, lean back to stop and reverse. To turn, push handle bars left and right, that was it.    

The Old Market

Starting the tour Khun Kitisak had us wear a wireless ear piece which he can communicate with us through the wireless microphone. Then we were off, entering Muang Boran's inner gate. The whole property occupies a total area of more than 600 rais, so walking is possible but it will be a real hard work out. The property is shaped like an axe, which is similar to the map of Thailand. Each part you are in, resemble that part of Thailand. The entrance is at the handle of the axe which is the southern part. Apart from the luscious green garden there were scaled down versions of historical architectural master pieces of each region of Thailand. Some are exact replicas, some are exaggerated versions with hints of the real thing, some are totally made up with reference from history and beliefs. Going through the southern part we saw the The Manohra Garden, The Stupa of Phra Borom That, Nakhon Si Thammarat and The Stupa of Phra Borom That Chaiya, Surat Thani.

We entered the Old market which was a small little walking street with shops on both sides that sells souvenirs and hard to find stuff (candies, toys, and household items) from the past. Even through a small street we were able to enter with the segway. At this point, I realize that this is not just another vehicle, it is more like an extension to the body. It was so easy to control, my 10 year old daughter can operated naturally without any problem.   

Going through the many parts of this Thailand miniature park, you can pretty much see everything and get an idea of what Thailand has to offer in terms of historical places, and beliefs and fairytales . There is the ruins of the Ayudthaya and Sukhothai period and going back to the Khmer period like Prasart Hin Pranomrung, Prasat Hin Pimai, even The Prasat Pra Vihan. There are many types of architecture from present day temples to stupa and jedees of many shapes and period to Thai traditional house from various regions to chinese architecture, chinese sculpture, Thai sculpture of characters from the many local fairytales. It is just an even more wonderful experience riding it through with a segway. 

The Santuary of Prasat Phrasat Phra Wiharn, Si Sa Ket

Pavilion of the Enlightened

Statues inside The Pavillion

(Left) Paviloin of the Enlightened ( Right ) The Mondop of Bodthisattva Avalokitesvara (Kuan-yin)

Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kuan-yin), Performing a Miracle

The Sumeru Mountain

The Bell Tower

(Left) The Stupa of Cham Thewi, Lamphun ( Right )  The Stupa of Prasat Phra Wiharn

Phra Attharos, Sukhothai

Kao Kreab Wow (Thai traditional snack)

The Wiharn of  Wat Chiang Khong, Chiang Rai

Lanna Architecture

Pavilion influenced by Mughal Architecture

Sculptures from Thai Legend "Sung Thong"

Manohras in Himmaphan Jungle

Entrance Fee:
Adult 150 Baht, Child 75 Baht
Segway Tour:
4,500/day including lunch and cold drink
Bicycle Rental :
50/ day
Golf Cart :
250/ hour

For more information :

Ancient City
Tel. 02 709 1644-8

Segway Tour Thailand
Tel.  02 221 4525
Mobile: 08 5476 7917

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