A two hour train trip out of Bangkok, Thailand, is the town of Lop Buri. It was an important city during Thailand’s history and has many major and beautiful ruins. However, its main attaction is the hundreds of crab-eating macaques that live in the ancient Khmer temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot. The locals feed the monkeys that live there.

The Khmer temple is lovely but the monkeys are the main attraction. You can buy bananas and other food for the monkeys outside the temple’s grounds and the monkeys will take these from you before too long! Make sure everything is well zipped up and closed securely because these monkeys are dextrous and are more slippery than a pickpocket. They will try to eat anything that looks like it might be food of some sort.

The local people have a special Monkey Festival for them in November.

Phra Prang Sam Yot

Phra Prang Sam Yot means the three holy prangs and was built in the late 12th to early 13th century as part of the Khmer empire. It was originally a Hindu shrine and was later converted to a Buddhist temple.

  • Make sure all bags are secured firmly, zips up, etc.
  • Remember these are still wild animals even if they are used to humans

How to get there

Trains go regularily to Lop Buri from Bangkok Station. The temple is approximately 200 meters from the railway station

Entrance to temple

The temple is open from 6am to 6pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Entrance is 30 Bhat