Welcome to Lopburi
One of Thailand's oldest cities, Lopburi developed during the Dvaravati period (6th to 10th centuries), when it was known as Lavo. King Narai (r 1657–88) made Lopburi a second capital, hosting many foreign dignitaries in the town. An array of palaces and temples from the Khmer and Ayuthaya empires still stand, though in various states of decay.
It only takes 24 hours to see Lopburi's main sights, but it's worth staying a second day to explore the countryside. Sunflowers carpet the fields east of town from November to January, needle-like limestone peaks beckon to climbers, and temples such as Wat Khao Chin Lae overlook jaw-dropping vistas.