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Let Me Take You to Monkey Town

Where our ancestors still rule the ruins ;)

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Lopburi has lots of old Khmer style ruins and a royal palace that has been turned into a museum, but the biggest attraction – and at the same time biggest annoyance – by far, are the monkeys. They’re literally everywhere: on and around the ruins, on the electricity cables, the sidewalk, cars and even scooters. And though they look cute, trying to pet them is ill advised, because a) they steal your stuff, anything they can get their hands paws on, especially shiny things like glasses and b) they bite. They also attract a lot of tourists to town though, so Lopburi has a sort of love-hate relationship with them. Add to that the fact that these people are Buddhist and therefore not allowed to hurt any sentient living being (and that does include the monkeys) and you’ll understand it’s complicated.

Monkey taking a ride

Monkey taking a ride


They're really not afraid of us

They're really not afraid of us

So that’s why all around town you can find signs that warn tourists that feeding the monkeys is punishable by law, while at the same time they are fed every day at 10 and 16 at special feeding places to keep them from bothering the tourist. This is also why, if you want to go into the ruins, it’s advisable to take a guide with you. Not to show you the way, but because they carry a catapult and shoot at monkeys that come too close. While those same guides encourage you to feed the monkeys at the ruins, because the tourists find it fun. Complicated indeed.

Monkeys steal

Monkeys steal

Another advantage is that Lopburi is small so it’s easily doable to walk around town and see most of the sights in a morning. Even if you have to go back to the hostel because the ice coffee from the 7/11 turns out to be made with milk.

Phra Narai Ratchaniwet – the former royal palace – also houses a museum. Once again we saw lots and lots of Buddha’s but little else of interest. Actually, the museum building and its environment (the ruins) were more eye catching. We sort of stumbled onto Prang Khaek Sactuary and I was once again fighting off Tomb Raider associations.

Phra Narai Ratchaniwet ruins

Phra Narai Ratchaniwet ruins

The main attraction was the most interesting though, mostly because of the monkeys – that were everywhere – and the bats – that hung from the ceiling. We went back at 16 to see the feeding of the monkeys, but when the only thing that had happened by 16.15h, was that my arms were turning red, so we gave up and went back to the hostel.

Monkeys being fed

Monkeys being fed

Posted by DanaGege 11:38 Archived in Indonesia Tagged monkey thailand asia lopburi ruin Comments (0)

The Bumpy Road to Lopburi

In which we meet our first tropical rainstorm

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After an early rise, quick breakfast and packing we made our way to the bus station for the 2x2 hours ride to Lopburi. The road to Saphanburi, where we had to switch busses, turned out to be bumpy. The ‘my fillings will rattle out of my teeth’ kind of bumpy, so editing pictures like I had planned to became quit challenging.

Once in Saphanburi, we had lunch in a really luxurious restaurant. It was close to the bus station and it had air-conditioning and that’s all we cared about at the time. Turned out we were still too slow though; upon returning to the bus station we learned the bus to Lopburi had left no more than 5 minutes ago. Which meant waiting for an hour for the next bus, which meant I could edit those pictures after all.

Before we got to go on our merry way, we were hit by our first tropical rainstorm, though. And let me tell you, that deserves the name rainstorm. Made a short movie for you guys, so you can see for yourself. Since the monsoon is catching up with us, we would see many more of these storms in the coming weeks and be rained on by a few as well.

Of course the bus couldn’t drive in that rain, or so we found out: we waited for 10 minutes at the station until the worst was over. After that we happily took off, without windshield wipers! Let’s just say I focussed on other things and was very relieved when the rain stopped completely.

The ride to Lopburi took much longer than expected; we arrived in the monkey town at 17:00, instead of the expected 15:00. So we made quick work of getting a hostel and dinner. Later that night we were besieged by an army of tiny, tiny flies in our room, but oh well. Better than mosquitoes, right?

Posted by DanaGege 13:05 Archived in Indonesia Tagged rain thailand asia lopburi Comments (0)

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