We made a one day trip to Lop Buri, which is just about one-hour train ride from Ayutthaya.
The most-known spot in the area is Phra Prang Sam Yot, or a monkey temple. We decided to walk around the town before visiting the monkey temple. Lop Buri was very enjoyable in a way that it’s not touristy except for the monkey temple.
First, we visited Wat Bandai Hin, which is in front of the station, and then Wat Phrasrirattana Mahathat next to it.
Then, we took a break at Baan Sahai Cafe’ & Bistro, and ordered fruit shakes. By the time we left, the place was packed with locals having a lunch. This cafe, having a modern interior and exterior designs, must be kind of like a cool hangout place for locals. The cafe seems to focus on Thai food, which looked good!
For a lunch, we stopped by a mom-and-pop shop we found on the way. There was no English or food picture on the menu. Plus, we don’t speak Thai and they don’t speak English. So, you know how funny it was to see the process of us trying to order something lol We ended up having what other customer was eating. He speaks a big of English and helped us a little.
After the lunch, we found a local market. While we were there, we didn’t see any other tourist.
There is a temple like this (Chedi Luang Por Wat Monkhan) along the river.
Walking from the river toward the monkey temple, there are a lot of small street shops. We stopped by one of the vegetable shops and chatted with the lady there. She explained how to eat lotus seeds and let us sample fresh ones, then gave us the remaining. Also, she cautioned that monkeys love lotus seeds.
It didn’t take much time to figure that out anyway. The lotus I was holding soon became a monkey’s food, even before going into the monkey temple.
The picture below shows the monkey holding our lotus – my boyfriend, a professional photographer, took this photo.
In addition to this, all the other monkey pictures on yagibro are those taken in and around the monkey temple (Phra Prang Sam Yot).
I was also taking pictures of monkeys but from a very close distance, as my camera (Fujifilm x70) doesn’t have a zoom function. Small monkeys jumped to my backpack and a leg lol
It was a very eventful day!