An easy day trip from Bangkok, or an overnight stay if you want to fit more in, Lopburi is a great place for all the family. A former Siamese capital city, there are ancient ruins all around the old part of the city. Interestingly, many are in the Khmer style, so are likely to be a little different to those that you’ve seen in other parts of the country.
A major reason to visit Lopburi, however, is the many macaques that roam freely around the old town. Children often love seeing the baby monkeys especially. A good place to see the monkeys is at the central Wat Prang Sam Yot. Visitors can go inside the ancient temple and watch the monkeys safely through the mesh – it is kind of like a reverse zoo where the monkeys are running around freely outside and the people are behind bars! Guides are available to help you explore the grounds without fear of the pesky monkeys coming too close – whilst they are not generally aggressive unless provoked, they can be a bit inquisitive!
Important to Know when Visiting with Kids:
- Make sure nobody is carrying any visible food or drink – these are magnets for the monkeys who will try and snatch things.
- Hats and sunglasses are also appealing to the monkeys – pop them in your bag before going into the temple grounds.
If you do decide to stay for the night (or even longer!), Ang Sub Lek is a pretty lake just a short way outside of the town centre. There are several cute restaurants over the water that can be quite unusual for children, although many don’t have good guard rails, so check out a few before deciding which to visit. There is also a nice resort with a restaurant and a number of ways to enjoy the lake – the water slides and peddle boats are often a big hit with kids, and older kids will enjoy the ATV track over the road. Just before dusk head to the nearby mountain to watch hundreds of bats flying out of the cave for their nightly expeditions. If you go earlier on you can also visit the cave temple.