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Lopburi

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"City of Khmer relics and crab eating macaques"

Lopburi Tourism

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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Shopping in Lopburi

There are a handful of supermarkets and souvenir/gift shops in Lopburi. It includes Big C with KFC and cineplex, Great avenue, Monkey mall with a Tesco Lotus store, Robinson lifestyle and Jaymart. Traditional and handmade products can be brought from Baan Rak Samun Prai, Baan Nam Jun,Talay Chup OTOP Centre, Thale Chupson and Pracha Suksan Arts and Crafts Center.

Lopburi Customs

Crab eating macaques are found in abundance in Lopburi and you can easily spot a lot of them in the streets and in the Khmer temple area( Sarn Phra Karn and Prang Sam Yot). Monkey buffet festival is celebrated every year in November last week to honour the monkeys as the locals have accepted them as an integral part of their cultural. During the festival, the locals and the tourists gather to people feed thousands of monkeys with fruits and vegetables.

Language of Lopburi

Locals don't really speak much english except for the staffs at the hotel reception, tourist guides and waiters at the restaurants.

History of Lopburi

Lopburi is one of the oldest cities in Thailand known for its rich history, heritage and Buddhist shrines. It holds historic and cultural significance which dates back to many centuries. It was initially the summer capital of King Narai and after the establishment of Ayutthya, it has been considered as the second capital.

Nightlife in Lopburi

Lopburi being a fairly quiet town has only a few bars and the nightlife is comparatively dull compared to other cities in Thailand. Foreigners usually visit the bars in the old town. Butterfly bar located in the Phayakamjad Road across the Narai Palace serves whiskey, beer and tasty food. A small club named Ben more (look out for the sign near the local park) is also quite popular. Another bar named The Bank situated in the centre is frequented mostly by the local youths.

Restaurants and Local Food in Lopburi

There are a considerable number of options to choose from when it comes to restaurants. Lots of road side stalls serve cheap and delicious street food in the evenings. The most popular restaurants include : 1.Budsi's Place - This restaurant is run by two amazing hosts Budsi and Jared, known for their splendid service and hospitality. They offer Asian, Mexican and Barbecue cuisine. Dishes - Burrito, cocktails, vodka iced drinks, Massaman, Pangang curry, tacos, Big Paul, Chicken Quesadilla , pickled pork and Chicken cashewnut. The price is very reasonable and do watch out for BBQ Fridays and Taco Tuesdays. 2. Bua Lang restaurant - This restaurant has a very nice ambience with natural garden setting and a small pond. They serve Thai and Chinese cuisine and the popular dishes are - fried salted sea bass, braised pork ribs, chilli paste with vegetables, stir fried mixed vegetables and rice. The price starts from around 200 Bht a person. Its popular among locals for the fair price and fresh produce. 3. Maad Me - A very small restaurant a little off the main street and though it doesn't have a great ambience, the food is however top notch. Thai cuisine is served which includes dishes like - Forest Mushroom and Prawn Soup, Stir fried king prawns, sour fish soup with veggies, vegetable dip with sambal, deep fried Nam Dok Mai fish curry. The price is very cheap and they also offer a complimentary Khanom Thuai (rice pudding). The other restaurants include Paebanrimnam Restaurant which serves beer, whiskey, juices, tea and coffee; Nomburi - popular dessert place, Lopburi steak house, Zon cafe and Kimochi Izakaya.
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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

One of the best towns to explore historical remains / laid back atmosphere / easily accessible from Bangkok and Ayutthya/ Great place for history lovers

What's Not So Great?

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.

How To Reach Lopburi

Lop Buri can be reached by bus, train, mini van or car from Bangkok , Ayutthya and other nearby cities such as Singburi and Saraburi.

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