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Lopburi is one of the oldest cities in Thailand, located around 150 kilometres from Bangkok city which takes around 2.5 hours. It is a city which houses historic ruins and artifacts which play a major role in Thailand's culture. It is famous for monkeys, architectural remains of Khmer empire, rock climbing and sunflower fields. It can be easily done as a day trip if you are planning to come from nearby cities. Unlike other tourist cities, Lopburi has a very laid back atmosphere and it rarely experiences any influx of tourists.
Lopburi province is located on the Lopburi river and it experiences tropical savannah climate. It is divided into the Old and the New town. Railway station and the important tourist sites lie in the Old town area whereas all the buses leave from and arrive at the New town. You will reach Lopburi via Saraburi and on the way, you will come across supermarkets and a mall. After crossing two kilometres, you will get past the first roundabout where you will spot some government offices and further 2 kms will lead to the second roundabout which is the new town and third roundabout after 2 kms from the new town will lead to the old town. Old town offers low and medium scale accomodation whereas new town has some lodges which provide better facilities.
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One of the best towns to explore historical remains / laid back atmosphere / easily accessible from Bangkok and Ayutthya/ Great place for history lovers
The town is infested with monkeys and they can be a nuisance. Too many cases of snatching the handbags, littering on your head from tree branches and stealing of your belongings are reported regularly and it is advisable to be cautious and not to feed them.
Lop Buri can be reached by bus, train, mini van or car from Bangkok , Ayutthya and other nearby cities such as Singburi and Saraburi. (Read More)