Lopburi It is one of the oldest cities in Thailand. It has several interesting temples, but the main reason why some tourists make a stop is to see a city under siege at the mercy of thousands of monkeys. They are the kings of the place and there is no one who can take away their power.
Monkeys in Lopburi
What to see in Lopburi
Like many other cities in Thailand, Lopburi We can visit it in just one day. It consists of several small temples and one Royal Palace, the latter quite demolished, but what strikes most when visiting this simple city, is the large number of monkeys who camp on their wide in any corner that exists.
Curiously they have a fixed agenda throughout the day. In the morning they are dedicated to play by the temple of Nan Phra Kan and at lunchtime they pass through a park that many citizens feed them and finally towards sunset they go to Prang Sam Yot, the most important temple in Lopburi.
Monkeys in Lopburi
This data is very useful depending on what time you arrive in the city and whether or not you want to see these nice little animals. In our case, as soon as we arrive we begin to see them. First on top of telephone and high voltage cables. Later they climbed on top of the trucks and cars that circulated on the main street, to finally end up in the Prang Sam Yot.
Why nothing is done against the destruction of these animals. The answer is very simple: the buddhism Respect all kinds of animals and disturbing them is totally prohibited.
As it was late and we wanted to see these macaques in full action, we went to the Prang Sam Yot, a temple of the dynasty Kher, in the purest style Angkor.
Prang Sam Yot
The temple is composed of three towers, inside a small park surrounded by a roundabout. If that, a roundabout…, so its access is not easy.
The cost of admission is ridiculous and with this they give you a bara of a meter in length in order to scare the monkeys, since these are very aggressive. No sunglasses on the head, the camera tightly held, the wallet in the backpack, ..., etc.
Prang Sam Yot
The temple can be bordered on the outside or traversed on the inside. The monkeys are forbidden to enter, they have already done enough damage on the outside ... bars to prevent its passage, although the guard told us that it is to protect tourists, since it is more difficult to see where his attack is coming from.
We had more than one encounter with the monkeys. You see right away who is good and who is bad. There are nice, sleepy, and especially children of XXXX. So apply, if you pay much attention to them, this will have consequences and if you are women, hair pulling is frequent.
The guard that the guard gave us helped us to give more than one lesson to several monkeys, because they are heavy repeat offenders!!
Prang Sam Yot
The next day, tired of so much monkey, we headed to the little temple called Nan Phra Kan and other small temples west of the city. In some temples the entrance is not charged because they are practically in the middle of public parks, or the accesses are so badly placed, that one does not realize if he entered through the main entrance and without wanting to, he enters without paying :-)
Nan Phra Kan
Finally we finish in the old Royal Palace of the city, since Lopburi during the reign of Narai from Ayutthaya It was used as the second capital of the empire. It is quite demolished so your visit is not mandatory.
Royal Palace in Lopburi
After the visit, we go to the train station to Phitsanulok, in order to see the wonders ofSukotai.
When to go?
Thailand is in one of the rainiest areas on the planet. However, between the months of November and February, it gives us a little respite and the temperatures are much more pleasant.
How to get to Lopburi?
By plane of course. There are many airlines that have a scale inDubai, Qatar or another country ofPersian Gulf We can get tickets for less than 450 euros. It can be reached by Train from Ayutthaya or Bangkok (Station Hualamphong).
What to wear
The temperatures are high and the level of rainfall is high, so it is necessary to wear comfortable clothes, umbrellas and raincoats and some pants and long-sleeved T-shirt to be able to enter certain temples.
Do not worry about monkeys, where there is danger they will leave you some stick to howl them.
Where to sleep?
The accommodation is extremely cheap. For less than 5 euros there are a lot of accommodation and from this amount, depending on the luxury we seek and the amount we want to spend. If you want to allow the luxury of a € 20 hotel, MDR is your site, only it is a bit removed.
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