Phra Prang Sam Yot, Lop Buri

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Founded in the 13th century, Phra Prang Sam Yot originally served as a Hindu sanctuary but was later converted to a Buddhist temple when Ayutthaya rose to power. The main draw today, however, is the population of monkeys that reside here. While these creatures are not afraid to approach you, they certainly are not tame either. You can bring food for them, but be careful how you offer it: simply hold it out and let the monkey take it. Do not try to pet or hold the monkey, even if it climbs on your arm, or it may bite. Zip up any valuables in a backpack. See Phra Prang Sam Yot and all Lop Buri has to offer by arranging your trip with our Lop Buri trip itinerary maker.
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  • We spent around an hour and a half here and loved it! There weren’t many people there when we went so one of the guards came round with us which was nice. Yes the monkeys do jump on you but they’re...  more »
  • The Wat is conveniently located, being only a few minutes by foot from the railway station. The traffic around the Wat is busy and the area has a run-down look. The Wat itself is impressive, but is....  more »
  • This is a small temple ruin with many monkeys in the area. You need to be careful as the monkeys will jump on you and try to steal anything you have. You can go inside the runi. There is nothing uch.....  more »
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  • Great place to visit as a weekend getaway from Bangkok. Visit these Khmer ruins at twilight and night. Be careful of the monkeys -they are wild animals even though they look cute.
  • Good place to see the ancient building but there are a lot of monkeys. You have to be careful. If you look or pay attention at them, they will catch you.
  • The monkeys are the main attraction. Watch your back and be sure you don't have anything loose to entice them (one noticed the straps hanging from my backpack and tried jumping on my legs twice from behind). The temple itself is confined to an area about the size of an American city block, surrounded by a wire fence.
  • This was a one-of-a-kind experience that I would recommend to everyone. The temple was open a bit later than what was stated on Google maps, so luckily we were able to go in. Upon entering, they give you a long bamboo stick to ward off monkeys with. We saw some tourists who were scared of the monkeys, but the monkeys mind their own business if you do not provoke them. The monkeys never approached us and we never had to use our sticks. They are drawn to food though, so be sure not to give any signs that you might have food. The temple ruins were really beautiful, and there were so many monkeys. My favorite were the newborn monkeys who clung to the underside their mothers. Really cute!
  • Pretty disappointing really. It seems that the monkeys are the real draw but they're just a menace and are being artificially encouraged. We took the train up from Ayutthaya, which was great, but it wasn't really worth it compared to the places in Ayutthaya.
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