Lopburi tourist information
General information about Lopburi
Lopburi (Lopburi) is a city in Thailand , located 150 kilometers North of Bangkok, a popular tourist site (Lopburi on the map of Thailand). The town is quite small (with a population of 54 thousand people), and is the capital of the homonymous province.
Lopburi rarely visit as an independent direction for the entire vacation, there is just nothing to do if you spend a few days here. Usually come here for one or two days, or even see him passing through. However, there is something to see. After all, is the ancient capital of Siam and one of the most ancient cities of Thailand (it is believed that it dates back to VII century).
The main attractions are the temples and ancient ruins, located in the old town. To say that they represent something sverhvydayuschegosya, it is impossible. It's very similar to will Auctau, only in a smaller quantity and scope, but still there is something to see. The local ruins are very subtle to the untrained eye, but differ from autistic, due to their age and the fact that in the 10th century this territory was conquered by the Khmer Empire, and, of course, set up their palaces and temples in Khmer and Hindu style.
But the main attraction of Lopburi, which primarily attracts tourists and is known throughout the world is the monkey. The city was flooded macaques, and crab-eater who play on tour "terrorize" the whole town, especially its old part. The monkeys feel the city's present owners, and tourists also get trouble from them. They are completely inconsiderate can rip off the tourist chain, earrings, to steal a bag or a camera, to grab the phone. So when visiting the old town is strongly recommended to hide all the stuff in the bags, and they are in turn tightly closed. You should not hide things in the pockets, as the monkeys easily the most professional pickpocket removed the contents of your pockets and get its contents. If you have stolen something minor, such as food, do not try to take that away from monkeys, as they quickly swarm and stand up for, even can attack. Be very careful with them. Items left in a hotel room can also be at risk of destruction by monkeys (it is said that they even break the glass to get in the room), so keep this in mind when choosing the hotel and rooms, hide things in closets and tightly close.
It is particularly interesting to visit Lopburi in late November, when locals in an attempt to "make friends" with the tailed neighbors organize a festival Lop Buri Monkey Banquet, bringing as gifts to the temples, where live monkeys, food, cover for their real tables and put the dishes. Well, not expel locals of the apes out of the city because they believe that the city is built on the site of the ancient Kingdom of monkeys, the subjects of the king Hanuman.
And in December, in lop Buri attracts numerous tourists to the so-called sunflower festival (Lop Buri Sunflower Blooming Festival). The fact that the near lop Buri is the largest in Thailand plantation of sunflower, and it blooms in late November and December, revealing a beautiful Sunny field of newcomers who are so eager to capture in photographs.
In the evenings, Lopburi absolutely nothing to do but to sit somewhere in a cafe or one of the few bars. There are a few discos (night clubs they do not raise a hand to write), but they are more for locals, tourists to go there and possibly not worth it. In General, the city goes to sleep early, in 21 hours on the streets for almost no one. A beach holiday in Lopburi, of course, no.
Regarding tourism infrastructure, there is everything you need for a short tourist stay. Hotels here enough, and there are even four-star hotels at amazingly low prices. Restaurants and cafes are also enough, in some of them, including preparing European cuisine. There are Internet cafes.
Weather, seasons, when to visit Lopburi
Weather in lop Buri all year round hot, but stands out in the rainy season, which, by and large, does not cause considerable inconvenience sightseeing Lopburi, but in this period of possible flooding after rain. Most often the rainy season takes place in the form of brief heavy rains, from which after an hour or two no trace remains.
The rainy season runs from may to October with maximum rainfall in September.
The dry season from November to April is almost no precipitation.
A special time to visit Lopburi, November, when is the monkey festival and December, when is the flowering of sunflowers (see above).
Seasons in Lopburi months*
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
How to get to Lopburi
To lop Buri can be easily reached from Bangkok. This can be done by bus or train. Also often the buses go to Lopburi from Ayutthaya.
From Bangkok to lop Buri vans depart approximately every half hour from the Northern bus station of Bangkok's morchitand from Victory Monument (Victory Monument). The journey time is about 3 hours and cost about 100 baht (currency of Thailand).
Bus station of lop Buri is located in the new town on the ring Sakaew traffic circle (the bus station of lop Buri on the map). From the station to the old town around 2 km. To get her in the old town on a regular route taxi or city bus for 10 baht. A motorcycle taxi from the station will cost 30 baht. Minivans from Bangkok from Victory Monument dropping off passengers in the old town near the train station.
Lopburi is located on the railway line between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, all trains make a stop here. So the most convenient and cheapest way to get here from Bangkok, Ayutthaya and cities to the North is the train. Often, travelers take advantage of this, making a stop here one day on the way to Chiang Mai (or Vice versa) without lodging. That is good, the station is right in the old town (railway station Lopburi on the map), and at the station you can leave your Luggage to the station staff for a fee (10 baht) to explore the city, and in the evening to return and continue their journey by train on.
Daily from Bangkok to Lopburi sent 17 trains. The value of the fare starts from 28 baht. Some of them like our trains only with Seating 2nd and 3rd class (is the cheapest), and some are long – distance trains (go North, to Chiang Mai). Accordingly, in the opposite direction the same picture.
To buy tickets in advance is not required, just come to the station for half an hour before departure and buy a ticket. The schedule can be viewed here http://www.railway.co.th.
Read more about trains in Thailand here.
How to travel around the city
If you live in one of the hotels in the city centre, city transport, you are unlikely to use. Everything is close, and old town all walking is much more fun than a ride on something.
If necessary, you can travel by city bus or taxi for 10 baht. They constantly ply the main street between the old and new town.
In the city you can also rent a motorbike or a car. Rent is at least at the hotel Noom Guest House at 15-17 Phayakamjad Rd, motorcycle 250-300 baht per day, car 2500-3500 baht per day. The hotel is walking distance to the train station (rental bike/car on the map Lopburi).
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Hotels in lop Buri
The city is divided into old and new town (see the map of Lopburi). In the new town are mainly concentrated in homes and offices, and it is quite a modern area. The old city is rich in attractions and it is here you will spend the main time when you walk through the city and sightseeing. If you choose a hotel, it is best to do it closer to old town.
Hotels in the enough and the deficit is not observed, you can always find a hotel on the site. The prices are very low. However, it makes sense to choose a hotel in advance and to define its place on the map, as there are no tourist streets, which at every step meets the hotel. To find the hotel immediately, have a lot to wander around the city.
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Attractions Of Lopburi
Almost all sights are within the old town of Lopburi. You can find there most of the monkeys, and in a new city, they almost do not go.
Outside the city there are also several attractions that are very rarely visited by tourists, but in vain. This is a very interesting place, worthy of attention. To reach them is not easy (you will have to use rented vehicles, hire taxis or take local buses), but you'll be rewarded by seeing what I see only few tourists.
Here are the main attractions:
The Prang Sam Yot Temple (Phra Prang Sam Yot)
This is the ruins of the ancient Khmer temple. This is the most famous temple of Lopburi, and this is not surprising. Its three towers in Khmer style, symbolizing the three Hindu deities, very photogenic. The night the towers are illuminated and their appearance very captivating. Visitors can enter the towers (prangos)
It is also one of the places of concentration of monkeys in the old town, especially in the second half of the day.
Entrance fee: 50 baht
Working time: from 8:00 to 18:00
How to get there: (the Temple of Prang Sam Yot on the map)
The temple of San Phra Kan (San Phra Kan or Phra Kahn Shrine)
This is the most popular place to stay monkeys and tourists :-). It consists of the ruins of the temple in the Khmer style, very interesting and beautiful in themselves. But most of the tourists are attracted by a huge number of monkeys. Which attracts in turn the monkeys is unclear (but it is said that a long time ago on this place there grew a giant Fig trees, the former home of the monkeys), but the first half of the day they spend here.
Entrance fee: 50 baht
How to get there: the Temple of San Phra Cannes on the map
The Royal Palace (Phra Narai Ratchaniwet, King's Palace Narai'he is Narayana National Museum)
Many guides suggest to start with lop Buri in this place, and for good reason.
The Palace was built by king Narai in the period from 1665 to 1677 years. Then he was abandoned and mail was destroyed after the capital was moved to Bangkok. Now the Palace is restored and part restored buildings holds works of art and artifacts from different periods. A visit to this place will help to know the history of these places before heading to the ruins.
Entrance fee: 150 baht
Hours: the grounds of the Royal Palace is open from 8:00 to 17:30 daily, the Museum is open from 8:30 to 16:00 from Wednesday to Sunday
How to get there: the Royal Palace of Lopburi on the map
Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat (Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat)
This temple built in the 13th century by the Khmer Rouge. This is one of the largest temple complexes and one of the most beautiful and photogenic.
Entrance fee: 50 baht
How to get there: Wat Phra si Ratana Mahathat Lopburi on the map
Statue of king Narai (Statue of King Narai the Great)
King Narai was one of the most active rulers of the state of Ayutthaya. He was the first king who established diplomatic relations with France, applied modern technology for the development of science and improve the lives of ordinary people. For all his deeds he was rewarded with love and the memory of the Thai people. And Lopburi king Narai did a flourishing town and it is dedicated to the statue.
To say that this is a very significant and ancient landmark of Lopburi impossible, and it is situated at a distance from the old town, but if you have nowhere to put the time, can walk to the statue of the great king that night, by the way, is beautifully illuminated.
Entrance fee: free
Hours: around the clock
How to get there: the statue is located at the entrance to the city from the East in the centre of the traffic roundabout (statue on the map of Lopburi)