Discover the best top things to do in Lop Buri, Thailand including Phra Prang Sam Yot, Wat Phra Si Ratana Maha That, King Narai's Lopburi Palace, San Phra Kan, Sub Lek Reservoir, Kraison Siharat Hall, Wat Phra Si Maha That, Prang Khaek, Wat Nakhon Kosa, Ban Wichayen.
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4 based on 441 reviews
If you really want to enjoy the city, do a walking tour. No need for a map as the town is very small. There are monkeys everywhere and you can buy some fruits at the market to feed them. The only sad thing was that there was not many places where to eat nice food. But it definiyely worth it!
4 based on 76 reviews
Apparently, this is an infrequently visited temple, which set over seven acres, has a number of very interesting sights. To name a few of the attractions, there are chedi’s, relief stuccos, a viharn, and an ubosot. Its biggest drawback is that most of the signs explaining each of the sights (only in Thai), are so badly faded, as to be unreadable.
4 based on 80 reviews
The highlight of the visit to King Narai's Palace was actually visiting Somdet Phra Narai National Museum, which is located in one of more recently built halls on the site. The museum occupies four levels and spans from the Neolithic Period to the 19th Century. The museum is very well curated, with comprehensive English/Thai information panels and beautiful objects. The ruins are expansive but not too remarkable for their architecture. The photograph on this web page is actually one of Prang Sam Yot and not King Narai's Palace, so don't be disappointed if you don't see this building at this site (advice current in April 2017, if TripAdvisor change's the photograph).
4 based on 57 reviews
Visitors to Lop Buri invariably end up at Phra Prang Sam Yot, Lop Buri's famous "monkey temple".
But once you have finished there is is worth while crossing the road to visit San Phra Kan, which for some reason that escapes me, is considered the holiest site in Lop Buri.
It comprises two structures. One is an 11th century Khmer Hindu sanctuary, comprising a laterite block mound on top of which is a shrine with staircases on all four sides. It later was converted into a Buddhist temple.
The other structure is a modern pavilion built in 1951 on the foundation of an assembly hall dating from the time of King Narai the Great (17th century). There is a headless statue of the Hindu god Vishnu, but at some stage a sandstone Buddha head was put on it.
4 based on 19 reviews
Ang Sub Lek is a natural Reservoir, with recorded history dating back to King Narai The Great.
It is in the midst of a beautiful scenic area about 15 km East of Lop Buri. Towering Limestone Monoliths are on several sides of the Lake and there is striking Temple, Wat Suwankhiri Pidok, built on the side of the mountain immediately North of the Lake.
Numerous simple open air, rustic restaurants are built over the water serving delicious food and drinks. It is very family friendly and popular for swimming in the shallow waters.
There is also an ATV Hire and a Jet Ski Club with excellent facilities and bungalows.
Address: Nikhom Rd., Nikhom Sang Ton Eng, Muang Lop Buri, Lobburi, 15000
GPS : 14.816, 100.775
4.5 based on 12 reviews
King Narai the Great (1656-1688) was the King of Ayutthaya, but he made Lop Buri, about 80 km to the north, his second capital and built a palace, residences for visiting European ambassadors, and a church for Jesuit priests.
He sometimes spent more time in Lop Buri than he did in Ayutthaya, pursuing one of his passions, hunting, and rounding up wild elephants.
To facilitate this he built a retreat in the middle of what would often, in the west season, be a lake.
Today it is little more than a crumbling pile of bricks, but with a bit of imagination you can still picture the king rounding up his elephants (no doubt surrounded by many guards and courtiers to make sure he came to no harm).
The day we visited the ticket box attendant was sitting outside having his lunch and decided we could enter free, rather than interrupt his prandial delights. So I avoided paying 50 baht. Thais get in for 10 baht, but the tickets are printed in Thai so foreigners do not know that they are getting ripped off.
4 based on 12 reviews
There is more to see than meets the eye here. It is easy to get to. It was quite peaceful when I was there and it was enjoyable to walk round. You are allowed to climb the walls and steps which was good for photographs.
3.5 based on 23 reviews
Lopburi has a long heritage. This low-key site may be the oldest Khmer-style Hindu shrine in central Thailand. It was restored in the 17th century by King Narai, and partly restored recently by the Fine Arts Department.
It's a stone's throw (or a monkey's hop) from Prang Sam Yot, so worth a visit by history and culture buffs.
3.5 based on 15 reviews
The attached photo shows the location of this temple, adjacent to the train station (the train is headed north). With diverse phases of development (late Ayutthaya period, plus during King Narai's 17th century rein) and decline, this is another part of Lopburi's rich heritage. This site is in advanced stage of decay.
4 based on 8 reviews
When the 17th century Ayutthaya King, Narai the Great, made Lop Buri his second capital he certainly looked after the French envoys who accompanied him on his extended stays here.
In 1658 he built a magnificent residence for the French ambassador, comprising a large house, a banqueting hall and even a church. all secured behind high brick walls..
Today the residence is in ruins, but enough remains for you to imagine its splendor in its heyday.
Later Ban Wichayen became the residence of a Greek adventurer and trader, Constantine Phaulkon, who had found favour with King Narai. However, on Narai's death, Phaulkon was beheaded as he was so powerful he was seen as a threat to the new king.
Entrance to Ban Wichayen is 10 baht for Thais and 50 baht for foreigners, but the authorities hide this differential by printing the Thai tickets, including the price, in Thai.
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