Thailand Adventures: Lopburi, the city of monkeys

From Ayutthaya, we continued our trip up north to Lopburi. Lopburi is easily reached by train from the Ayutthaya Train Station. The ride was supposed to be just a little over an hour but the train we were supposed to take first got into “an accident”. Then the 2nd train got delayed for about an hour! And then when we finally was in the train, we got stuck in the middle of nowhere because of engine trouble.

Inside the 3rd class train!

Inside the 3rd class train!

In the end, we were supposed to get our train at around 1, didn’t start till 2 and finally arrived in Lopburi almost 4 hours later. It was hot and frustrating but we made it to the city famous for it’s monkeys.

Lopburi is famous for it's crab eating macaques that live in the middle of the city.

Lopburi is famous for it’s crab eating macaques that live in the middle of the city.

The old part of town is actually near the railway station so when you get out of the station, you will instantly find a lot of activity especially during early afternoon till night time when all the food stalls are all set up.

Don't be afraid to try some of the local food in Lopburi! There are food stalls and small cafeterias everywhere especially in the Old Town.

Don’t be afraid to try some of the local food in Lopburi! There are food stalls and small cafeterias everywhere especially in the Old Town.

In Lopburi, we stayed at a hostel near the railway station (Old Town). We never figured out what the name of the hostel is because the lady that runs the place doesn’t speak a world of English. We managed to stay there for 100 baht each. There were 3 of us, Giraud, Romain (from France) and myself. There wasn’t any wifi and I think no other backpackers but us but the location was good. Anyway, we didn’t plan to stay in the city for more than a day.

The buildings near the Old Town have wire cages to prevent the monkeys from going inside the building. There are so many monkeys!

The buildings near the Old Town have wire cages to prevent the monkeys from going inside the building. There are so many monkeys!

We wanted to stay in Sri Indra Hotel but they were full. We saw a cool hostel/bar called Noom Guest House. If I had to stay in Lopburi again, I think I would consider staying there. They had a bar and there seem to be a lot of backpackers so if you are looking to meet other travellers, this hostel seem like a great place for that.

Phra Prang Sam Yot is a Khmer-style temple known for its three linked towers.

Phra Prang Sam Yot is a Khmer-style temple known for its three linked towers.

To be honest, there’s not a lot of things to do in Lopburi other than visiting the temple ruins and be amazed at the monkeys everywhere. There is the Phra Prang Sam Yot that is also named by many as the monkey shrine. There are so many monkeys in the temple grounds, it is sometime a bit scary. The monkeys are usually harmless though.

The Phra Prang Sam Yot with it's 3 linked towers.

The Phra Prang Sam Yot with it’s 3 linked towers.

There is also a market near the Phra Prang Sam Yot that you might want to check out. We love markets so when there is one in the city, we always visit them although sometimes they do all look the same! 🙂

More ruins!

More ruins!

Lopburi has a monkey festival that happens on the last week of November. I’d be interested to check that out! Apparently, the city feeds the monkeys regularly to keep them “tame”. Imagine how the city spoils them during the monkey festival! 🙂

From Loburi, you can catch another train to go further up north or you can go back to Bangkok. It is another 3 hour ride.

 Accommodation: Unknown guesthouse near the railway station for 300 baht (3 people in one room). There are a few guesthouses at the Old Town close to the railway station, just ask around.

Food: Check out the food stalls right beside the railway station. Food there is cheap and delicious.

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