Lopburi Thailand, The Khmer and Pre history city of Ayutthaya

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Lopburi Thailand is one of the oldest Khmer city before the Siam Kingdom was established. King  Narai second capital city of Ayutthaya Kingdom.

This small province is not a must visit place for tourist. However, due to period Thai soap opera , this small town becomes spotlight for Thai tourist .

This province  is just 139 Kilometers away from Bangkok and it is easily make one day trip. Let’s see what they have to offer.

 

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Things to do in Lopburi, The Khmer and front history city of Ayutthaya

Things to do in Lopburi

Lopburi is one of the oldest Khmer city before the Siam Kingdom was established. In 1644, King Narai the great made this town his second capital city of Ayutthaya kingdom.

Lopburi is located 150 km north of Bangkok. It houses an interesting historical monuments and a national museum with lots of archaeological finds. The architectural style of Lop Buri in the reign of King Narai was half Thai and half western as can be seen from the Royal

Palace, the Royal Reception House, or Wang Narai.

Beside the city was well known as the former front city of Ayutthaya , ancient kingdom of Siam. This province also has so much to see and do.

 

Things to do in Lopburi related to temple, palace and monkey

 

King Narai the great statue

 

The Statue of King Narai the Great is situated at the entrance of the town. The former King of Ayutthaya who relocated his temporary administration to this town. During his rules period, there was so much going on. The palace was built. Then, the high ranking administrator moved here. In the old city, there was a ruin of former palace, temples and big house of nobility to visit.

Location  : Phaholyothin Raod, A. Muang, P.Lopburi

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The Statue of King Narai the Great is situated at the entrance of the town. The former King of Ayutthaya who relocated his temporary administration to this town. During his rules period, there was so much going on. The palace was built. Then, the high ranking administrator moved here. In the old city, there was a ruin of former palace, temples and big house of nobility to visit.

Location  : Phaholyothin Raod, A. Muang, P.Lopburi

Location :  https://goo.gl/maps/kK9bx3GMaqsoFKCT9

 

 

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The Three Pagoda  (พระปรางค์สามยอด)

 

Phra Prang Sam Yot once a Hindu Shrine is the landmark of Lopburi province. It was built in Bayon art design. The construction made from laterite and cover with lower base relief stucco.  This is pagoda build by King Chayaworaman VII , Khmer King, who expanded their power to the town of Lawo and Lopburi at the beginning of the 10th century and ruled over the area until when the Thais who migrated from the North fought against Khmer and declared the independence of the Thais.

There are so many monkeys running around as it near Salpakarn. Once you visit this place, mind your belonging.  You can also hire a monkey guard, he will protect you from aggrieve monkey and you pay him in a small fee.

The funniest part of this town held on the last Sunday of November every year, there is a monkey party which they bring a lot of food for them.

Open Daily 06:00-18:00

Location  : T. Tahin, A. Muang, P. Lopbori

GPS : 14.803035, 100.613993

 

 

Sarnphrakan  (ศาลพระกาฬ )

The octagonal design shrine built in the King Narai the Great. There is a place to enshrine of deity and resident of 300 wild monkeys inside. That is why this town was called Monkey town.

The Thai dancing performs regularly to warship to deity. Once they local people come to pray and make a wish. Later , their wish come true. They will came back there to offer Thai dance as a thank you with respectful. It is similar things you see in Erawan Shrine.

Occasionally, those monkeys go on the street and the three pagodas.

Open : 08:30-17:30

Location  : T. Tahin, A. Muang, P. Lopbori

GPS : 14.803035, 100.613993

 

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Wat Prasrirattana Mahatat (วัดพระศรีรัตนมหาธาตุ)

This royal temple was built during the 1200s in the believe of Buddhism as an epicenter of the city. The main shrine was inspired by Cambodia designed.

The ancient design such as local base release stucco still can be seen here.

Open 08:300 – 16:00

Location : Soi Ratchadamnoen, T.Tahin , A. Muang, P. Lopbori

GPS : 14.798707, 100.613875

 

 

Narai Palace (พระราชวังนารายณ์ราชนิเวศน์ )

This palace was built by King Narai.  He would like to set this as another capital city. He also stayed here almost all years round which make this town prosperous during period of King Narai’s rule.

The palace was so nice in a layout which has Thai, Arab and western influence.

During the King Rama V( Bangkok King) , he arranges the restoration of this palace and built the new building in 1956.

Open  : Daily 07:30 – 17:00

Location  : Sorasak Road,  T. Thahin , A. Muang , Lopburi

GPS : 14.800019, 100.609808

 

Wichayen or Constantine Phaulkon House (บ้านหลวงรับราชฑูต บ้านวิชาเยนทร์)

Wichayen or Constantine Phaulkon was a nobility work for King Narai. He was a key man to help Ayutthaya establish relationship with France in the period of Louise VX.

The residence of Constantine is in Renaissance design. Even, it is a ruin, but still can see how magnificent it used to be.

Open : Daily  08:30-16:00

Location : T. Tahin, A. Muang , P. Lopburi

Location : 14.802994, 100.610356

 

Other things to do in Lopburi

 

Pasak Jolasid Dam (เขื่อนป่าสักชลสิทธิ์)

The dam was very wide and has a long road and railroad go through on the dam.  The dam is an earth-filled with an impervious core with 4,860 meter wide and 36.5 meters wide which the biggest reservoir in central of Thailand is.

This is one of the King Bhumibol project to support agriculture and hold the water and solve flood problem.

Open : Daily 

Location  T. Nongbua, A.Pattananikom , P. Lopburi

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Sun Flower Farm

The flower farm is just 14 kilometers away from town.

One of the most famous place is at Chai Chine Lea (ทุ่งทานตะวันเขาจีนแล).  It is a perfect place to take pictures and post in a nice scenic view. Fields of tall, bright, yellow flowers reach out to the backdrop of mountains is so wonderfully and unique.

You can go by train and rent moto bike or rent a car from Bangkok.

Open : November – February

Location :  T. Nikomsangtoneng P. Lopburi

Fee 20 THB

Check at TAT Lobpuri ททท.สำนักงานลพบุรี โทร. 036-770096-7

 

Rai Sapbrayoon (ไร่ทรัพย์ประยูร)

Another photo spot for the photo shoot is at Sapbrayoon farm. This is one of the biggest fern farms in the province and the woods through the cosmos flower.

Open :  Daily

Location : Near Chonlasit station

 

Flea market at Baan Kok Toom (ตลาดนัดชุมชนบ้านโคกตูม )

Visit local community at Baan Din Mod Deang (บ้านดินมดแดง) that make pottery to sale. This  small market has so much to offer and already open for 15 years. The merchants are retiree from 5 villages who has special recipe of home cook meal.  So meal is very nice to taste.

Recommend meal

  • Khaolam Maproaw On, Home cook Thai sticky rice in coconut shell.
  • Koakraib Pak mor

 

There was a lot of merchant came for shopping and take a photos at three tunnels cover the road.

This is the only community that visitor can stay overnight at earth house.

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Emerald Spring Pool at Boonamduad (บ่อน้ำเดือด)

Spring pool with a nice weather in emerald color. The water is crystal clear till seeing white sand on the bottom. Surrounded area was nice and clean.

Note : not allow to swim

Open : Daily

Location : Wat Bornamduad , T.Namsood, A.Panatsikom , P.Lopburi just 25 kilometer from

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Wang Kaan Luang waterfall (น้ำตกวังก้านเหลือง)

A medium size waterfall with water flow all year round which has water from the earth.  It best to visit during Monson season.

There is a lime stone with slider which visitor can walk up and down while the water flow.

Bring your swimming wear if you like to swim. By the ways, during weekend . It is quite busy.

Special things here is wheel chair friendly.

Open :  Daily

Location : T.Tadindam, A. Chaibadan P. Lopburi

 

 

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