Mini Siam in Pattaya is an open air miniature city with scale models of well known buildings from across the world. The outdoor park opened its doors in the late 1980’s. Across the large, well kept grounds are about 100 replicas of both historical and modern buildings on a 1:25 scale. At each structure is an information board providing details.
The park is divided into two zones. Mini Siam contains models of buildings in Thailand, while Mini Europe contains structures from Europe, the United States and the rest of the world.
It takes a couple of hours to walk around the extensive grounds. Apply sun cream and wear a hat during the hottest hours of the day. After dark the scale models are beautifully illuminated.
At Mini Siam you will find scale models of buildings from different eras in the history of Thailand including Khmer, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya as well as modern times.
Dating back to the Khmer era is Phanom Rung, also called “stone castle”, an impressive Khmer temple on top of a hill constructed between the 10th and 13th century.
The Wat Arun (The temple of dawn) on the Chao Phraya river is one of Thailand’s most famous landmarks. Its prang measuring over 80 meters tall has dominated the Bangkok skyline for over two centuries.
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew temple in Bangkok’s historical Rattanakosin area are among Thailand’s best visited attractions. The Palace was build in 1782 when Bangkok was established as the new capital of Siam. It served as the residence for the Thai Royal Family until the end of the 19th century. The Wat Phra Kaew on the Palace grounds enshrines Thailand’s most sacred Buddha image, the Emerald Buddha.
Aisawan Thiphya-Art (“The divine seat of personal freedom”) is a Thai style pavilion at the center of a lake of the Royal Summer Palace in Bang Pa-In. It was constructed in the late 19th century during the reign of King Chulalongkorn.
Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, a beautiful Italian Renaissance style building constructed from Italian white marble was constructed at the start of the 20th century as a reception hall for Dusit Palace.
Other structures in Mini Siam include Wat Mahathat at Sukhothai Historical Park, several temples of the Ayutthaya Historical Park, Victory Monument in Bangkok, Rama IX bridge in Bangkok, Bridge over the river Kwai, Hualamphong train station in Bangkok, Bangkok international airport, Wat Phra That Phanom temple in Nakhon Phanom, the Subanahongsa Royal Barge and a statue of Erawan, the mythological multi headed elephant.
Mini Europe contains scale buildings of famous structures in Europe, the United States and the rest of the world.
Two of France’s famous landmarks
This section of the park houses two of France’s most famous landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel tower, both located in the center of Paris.
The Arc de Triomphe, ordered by Napoleon in 1806, is a 50 meter high monument honoring the casualties of several wars.
The Eiffel tower is one of France’s best recognized symbols. The iron tower measuring 324 meters tall was build in 1889 for the World Fair in Paris. Each year millions of people visit the observation deck on top of the structure.
Italy’s most famous buildings
Mini Europe houses models of two of Italy’s most famous buildings, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum.
The nearly 56 meter tall Leaning Tower of Pisa tilts significantly towards one side. Construction of the eight story tower started in the 12th century. Tilting began during construction due to insufficient foundation and gradually became worse.
The Colosseum, a large amphitheater in the center of Rome was build in the first century AD during the heydays of the Roman empire. Tens of thousands of spectators watched gladiator fights, executions and plays.
One of Asia’s most famous landmarks
Angkor Wat is Cambodia’s best known monument. The impressive 12th century Khmer temple is depicted on the country’s national flag. The temple dedicated to Vishnu was constructed when the Khmer empire was at the height of its power.
Ancient Egyptian temple
The temple of Abu Simbel in Egypt dates back to the 13th century BC. Enormous statue of Pharaoh Ramesses II and Queen Nefertari were cut out of the rock.
Other landmarks in Mini Europe
Other structures in Mini Europe include Tower Bridge in London, Sydney Opera House, Statue of Liberty, The Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan) in Beijing, Cathedral of Resurrection of Christ in St Petersburg, Merlion in Singapore, Cologne Cathedral and Neuschwanstein Castle in South Germany.
How to get to Mini Siam
Mini Siam is located at kilometer 143 of Sukhumvit Road in Bang Lamung district, North Pattaya. Get there by taxi or songthaew. Mini Siam is on the Sukhumvit road songthaew route. The ride will take around 20 minutes from the center of town.
The park opens daily from 7 am until 9 pm.
Ticket prices charged at Mini Siam are:
Child rate: Height 90 - 120 cm
Toddler: Height under 90 cm