Lop Buri and its ruins infested with monkeys!
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December 3rd, 2009 – by: sshaunaa
I arrived in the evening and walked along the night market that only occurs on Wednesday (lucky for me it was Wednesday). It was mostly clothes and I almost bought a couple of the weird t-shirts. Also in town that week is the town carnival, though I was too tired to go check it out.
Along the main ruins with the monkeys, there were many people selling food from carts.
I decided to stay at Noom's Guesthouse, which was recommended by Lonely Planet. The room (for 120 baht) was a shared room and was very noisy. The guesthouse is next to a main street from the train station and I heard everything that was going on outside. There's a decent restaurant attached to it and free wifi, which was nice.
After a non-restful sleep, I went for a walk around the town to check out the ruins. Unfortunately my SLR camera doesn't seem to be wanting to work so I had to use my point and shoot. Besides a giant buddha across the river, the ruins weren't overly exciting, other than the one COVERED in monkeys.
The entrance fee is 50 baht and for 10 baht you can buy food to feed the monkeys. I didn't buy any but I watched other people feed them and the monkeys would attack each other for it. I saw baby monkeys attached to mother monkeys, monkeys having sex, monkeys fighting each other and monkeys picking things off each other. I stopped to take a picture and a baby monkey started crawling up my leg. I also decided to use the self timing function on my camera. By the time the picture was taken 10 seconds later, I had one monkey jumping on my head, another on my arm and a third was trying to steal the camera!!
If you like monkeys and don't mind them surrounding you, I'd suggest stopping by, but I'd make it a short stop instead of staying in the city.
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