If three weeks or so are not enough for you to see the whole of Thailand, consider heading to Pattaya and seeing the whole country in less than three hours. The Mini Siam or mini Thailand (Siam was Thailand’s former name), is a park featuring miniature replicas of famous attractions and landmarks in Thailand. There are over 100 models of historically significant objects as well as cultural and historical sites belonging to Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin periods together with the modern Kingdom of Thailand crafted to their tiniest details to make them look exactly as their originals. The reproduction was scaled down 1 to 25. Certainly, the Mini Siam is a showcase of Thailand’s heritage and culture and the craftsmanship of its people.
In the old days, the place only featured Thailand, but now it also has a Mini World section displaying some of the most famous structures found in the whole world. The Mini World and Siam both draw tourists local and foreign.
THE MINI SIAM. The section includes popular temples of Thailand including the Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok with the most revered temple of the Emerald Buddha. Other models of sacred places are the Khmer temple from the ancient period, the Wat Arun or the temple of the Dawn, the temple of Phimai in Nakorn Ratchisima province,the Wat Phra Srisanpet and many others. Important architectural structures, on the other hand, include the Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok, the Democracy Monument, the Anantasamakom Throne Hall, the Bridge Over The River Kwai and other famous landmarks of Thailand.
THE MINI WORLD. The miniature replicas in the Mini World section are from countries around the world such as France, Germany, USA, China, Australia, United Kingdom, Egypt, Italy, Belgium and Austria. Famous buildings and structures include the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Palais Chaillot in Paris, The Tower of Liberty and Mount Rushmore in USA, Atomium in Belgium, the Temple of Heavens in Beijing, Sydney Harbor and Opera House in Australia, the Tower Bridge of London, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, The Johann Strauss Memorial in Vienna, the Castle of Neuschwanstein in Germany and many other remarkable structures.
SOUVENIR SHOPS. Within the premises, there are also souvenir shops where you could purchase trinkets and other small knick knacks to remind you of your visit to the place.
OPENING HOURS. It’s open from 7 AM to 10 PM every day. Admission fee is required before entrance. The entrance fee for foreigners is higher than that for the locals. There tends to be a big crowd in the evening because at nighttime the miniatures are illuminated, making them look magical. Tourist guides are available for a minimal fee if you want someone to walk you through the history of each structure.
HOW TO GET THERE. The Mini Siam is located along Sukhumvit Road, north of Pattaya. Coming from Pattaya Road North bound, turn left to Sukhumvit Road straight past the Bagkok Pattaya Hospital and to the next u-turn. Turn back to the Mini Siam. There are huge statues along the road in front of it so you won’t miss it.