Join David as he explores one of the ancient cities of Thailand, Lopburi. Located 150 kilometers northeast of Thailand (three-hour drive), the city is a living museum of ancient Angkor-style temples. For this it is on our list of 15 Places You Must See in Thailand. Lopburi is one of Thailand’s oldest inhabited cities. It has earned the nickname ‘City of Monkeys’ and it’s easy to see why. Lopburi is completely overrun with hundreds of crab eating macaques. These mischievous monkeys are concentrated around the two main temples – Phra Prang Sam Yot and Phra Kaan Shrine (across the street from one another). Many people visit Lopburi as part of a group tour, but it is possible to park near the railway station and sightsee on your own by foot. Just don’t leave your belongings unattended! Unlike the historical parks of Ayutthaya and Sukothai, the ruins of Lopburi are more spread out and will require more effort to see them all. For more information about visiting Thailand’s ancient cities, see our article: Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, or Lopburi: Which Thai Ruins Should You See?
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[…] The macaques are everywhere! Dangling from the light poles, crossing the street, scaling the temple walls, and constantly on the lookout for scraps of food. The monkeys are fed regularly at Phra Kaan, which is where many like to hang around. Across the street at Phra Prang Sam Yot, the monkeys have more space to play and bully tourists out of their snacks. You can’t leave anything on the ground that you wouldn’t want a monkey to grab. Locals will try to sell you juice and food to feed to the monkeys, but I would not recommend this. If you’ve got food, pandemonium will ensue, and these monkeys are not scared to jump on people’s shoulders or snatch food right out of your hand. The best thing to do is come an admire the monkeys… from a distance. WATCH VIDEO: Exploring the Monkey Temple of Lopburi […]
I was went to the monkey temple at Phra Prang Sam Yot and Phra Kaan Shrine in July 2014, a few hairy moments when two of the monkeys tried to take my sunglasses. One American lady was not so fortunate, her ear ring was taken!
Hi Graham thanks for your comment! Those monkeys are very fresh they even tried to take my sunglasses!