Lopburi - Thailand's Monkey temple
Monkeys crossing the street, monkeys swinging from power lines, monkeys drinking from plastic water bottles, monkeys jumping into pools of water, monkeys fighting, monkeys running up your leg. This is Lopburi, a small city where one of its temples, and the surrounding blocks, is completely overrun by monkeys.
How we got there
From Ayutthaya we got a train straight to Lopburi. We booked the ticket at the train station about an hour before we left.
The monkey temple (Phra Prang Sam Yot) is located a few hundred meters from the train station. As you leave, turn right and walk straight.
As you get closer, you will notice more and more monkeys. They may be climbing buildings, walking on the sidewalk or picking bugs out of each other’s hair.
Of course right before we went to Lopburi I read a blog post about the dangers of these monkeys. They can, and will, bite you and if you get bit you can say hello to several rounds of rabies shots. The more you interact with them, the more likely you are to get bit or scratched and during feeding times they can become aggressive.
So… basically I wore my jacket even though it was extremely hot to avoid scratches and bites, and kept my distance. In the end, no monkey touched me, but one did decide to climb up David.
How to visit the temple
Go to the entrance, pay the entrance fee and be prepared to be surrounded by monkeys. The entrance fee was 50 baht ($1.43 USD).
You can visit the inside of the temple and see some Buddha statues inside. The inside of the temple is monkey free, but it does have bats. You can also see the monkeys up close through the temple’s wire windows.
If you like monkeys, the trip is worth it to Lopburi. If not, skip Lopburi and go straight to Sukhothai. Happy travels!
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