Our destination this day was Lopburi, a short 45 min train ride from Ayutthaya. Lopburi was a second capital. We heard Lopburi was a great place to see monkeys. Thailand is mainly buddhist, and in this religion they think animals could be the reincarnation of a relative; therefore, they don’t harm animals; they even feed them and care for them. As soon as we arrived, we saw some monkeys walking on the power lines around the city.
Our first stop was Phra Narai Ratchaniwet Palace, a former royal palace. Some parts of the palace are ruins now, including the elephants’ pens; other areas are exhibition spaces. My favorite part was the garden and the flowers I found in it.
After the Palace visit, we walked around and spotted a monkey carrying a baby monkey… they were so cute. Later we went to Prang Sam Yot, Lopburi’s most photographed temple. The Khmer-Lopburi style temple was originally built as a Hindu temple, but later turned into a Buddhist temple. Nowadays, the temple has been taken over by monkeys. At the entrance there is a sign that reads “Beware of monkeys snatching your purse”. After buying my entrance fee the employee gave me a wooden stick to keep the monkeys away in case of emergency. We tried to keep our distance, but the baby monkeys are so cute I had to take pictures closely.
I wanted to go back to Ayutthaya early to be able to visit the floating market. The train was delayed 2 hours, so we decided to take a bus, which turned into an adventure itself. First we hired a tricycle to take us to the bus station. Unfortunately, after waiting for 30 minutes, we realized that the bus wasn’t going to leave for a while. We asked the locals and they told us to take a minibus, but had to hire a tuk-tuk to get there. After an hour, the minibus dropped us off on the side of the highway close to Ayutthaya and we had to take another tuk-tuk to our hotel. We spent a lot of money and time, but we made it in time and we were able to go to the floating market in the afternoon.