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“Landmark of Lopburi!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Prang Sam Yot (Wat San Phra Kan)

Prang Sam Yot (Wat San Phra Kan)
Wichayen Road, Lop Buri, Thailand
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Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in Lop Buri
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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“Landmark of Lopburi!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

This place cannot be missed if you plan to visit Lopburi! Be careful with the monkeys as it is the 'hub' for the monkeys! Keep the distance between the monkeys in order to prevent any unlikely event! I was spending 1 hour in this ruin in order to take good photo as this place quite photogenic.

Visited January 2012
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“Interesting ruins with a lot of monkeys”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2010

We took a bus from Bangkok to see these ruins. What makes them all the more interesting are the monkeys running amidst them. There seem to be hundreds of the primates. Inside of one of the ruins are located bats hanging from the ceiling with bars over the openings in order to keep the monkeys out. We really enjoyed our time at this place.

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“Really, quite the experience...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2007

The town of Lop Buri (which our Thai housekeeper tells us means "monkey" in Thai) is about 3 hours north of Bangkok by train. We decided to travel there on our last trip to Bangkok after reading about it in a travel guidebook. We combined it with a visit to Ayutthaya in one day - a little bit of a long day but a nice adventure! On the way home tons of schoolkids were on the train with us and it was fun to watch them chat and laugh like kids anywhere do!

The train to get there cost us about $6 round trip from Bangkok for all three of us and was comfortable. You can upgrade to first class for just a little more but, even though the cars are air conditioned, the windows are so scratched up and old that you can't see out of them, at least in the car we tried. The countryside on the way is really beautiful and typically Thai - rice fields, taro, temple roofs, stilt houses - a great way to see authentic Thai life!

The town of Lop Buri itself has very little to see except the old Khmer Wat. The town is quite gritty but there is a nice clean 7 Eleven to cool down in and grab something to drink on the way to and from the station. If you turn right out of the train station you will arrive at the Wat in just a 5 minute walk up the road.

The main thing that you go here to see are the hundreds of monkeys that live in and around the wat. A few guidebooks say that the Wat is "infested" and that really is an accurate description. Everywhere you look there are monkeys. They are even on the surrounding buildings in the town hanging on the wires and climbing up the sides, and the storekeepers have to chase them out on a regular basis.

When you enter the Wat you can hire a guy with a stick to follow you to keep the monkeys away if you don't want them too close. We bought a bag of food for them and my 9 year old son was a little freaked out by how many monkeys rushed over and started begging for food and fighting over it amongst each other. After a while we relaxed and, by the time we left, monkeys were sitting on my son's head and he was feeding them. Makes for a great photo op! If you stop feeding them they start to pick through your hair like you're one of them - - -

While we were there several fruit vendors came to dump their remaining inventory at the end of the day. Monkey feeding frenzy!

Take a few minutes and go inside the old wat - there are bars on all the openings to keep the monkeys out. If you look up to the ceiling in to the cracks and crevases there are bats who sleep there during the day.

This isn't a place for someone who is at all skittish about animals - the monkeys WILL try to climb on you. A few of them are a bit aggressive but that's what the guy with the stick is for! We hired him and he did a great job for us.

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