PLACE: The Erawan Museum (
LOCATION: Samrong Nua sub-district in Amphoe Mueang district
GPS Coordinates: 13.629111, 100.589228
OPENING HOURS: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
ADMISSION: 300 baht for adults. Thai price is 150 Baht.
As you drive into Samut Prakan Province from Bangkok, you can’t help but notice the giant three-headed elephant alongside Sukhumvit Road. This is the Erawan Museum contained within the world’s largest elephant. The height is about 50 metres or 15 storeys high. The five storey museum inside the elephant contains antiquities. The Erawan Museum is owned by the same company as Ancient Siam. You can join tours that go every half an hour. This starts in the base of the pedestal which is a kind of museum of antiquities. Then you go up inside right up to the belly of the elephant. Make sure that you check out the small window that gives you fine views of the surrounding area.
Map for The Erawan Museum:
Getting there: Bus no. 25, 142, 365 and air-con bus 102, 507, 511, 536. A taxi from BTS Bearing Sky Train station won’t cost more than 50 baht and will take about 15 minutes. BTS Erawan is due to open in 2017. Click here for more information on transport.
If you are driving from Bangkok to The Erawan Museum along Sukhumvit Road, these are the two signs that you need to look out for. (Click on the images to see bigger versions.) You will see them shortly after Carrefour Samrong on your left. This is the Kanchanaphisek Outer Ring Road. It is a little tricky since they built this intersection. You need to turn left following the sign for “Bang Na” but don’t go up the ramp to the Outer Ring Road. Take the road on the left of the ramp and then do a u-turn under it. You will then see the parking for The Erawan Museum almost straight away on your left. (Click here for fuller driving instructions.)
Tourist attractions in this area:
Amphoe Mueang district:
- The Erawan Museum
- Bang Pu Seaside Resort
- Ancient Siam
- Crocodile Farm and Zoo
- Thamma Katanyu Foundation
- Wat Asokaram
- Paknam City Pillar
- Thai Naval Museum
Samrong Nua sub-district:
Samut Prakan is divided into six districts: Amphoe Mueang, Amphoe Bang Bo, Amphoe Bang Phli, Amphoe Phra Pradaeng, Amphoe Phra Samut Chedi and Amphoe Bang Sao Thong. Click on the links to see tourist attractions from each of those districts. Or click here to see a Map of Tourist Attractions in Samut Prakan Province.