Top Choice Ruins in Lopburi

Prang Sam Yot

As well known for its resident monkeys as its looming towers, this is Lopburi's most famous attraction. The three linked towers were built from laterite and sandstone by the Khmer in the 13th century as a Buddhist t…
Top Choice Museum in Lopburi

Phra Narai Ratchaniwet

An excellent museum is enclosed within these ruins of a 17th-century palace. Built from 1665 with help from French and Italian engineers, the palace was originally used to welcome foreign dignitaries. A trim promena…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Lopburi

Wat Khao Chin Lae

Peacocks strut freely in the grounds of this active temple, but it's Wat Khao Chin Lae's views that steal the show. Climb 436 steps to reach a large pink-and-white Buddha rather resembling a wedding cake (note that …
Shrine in Lopburi

San Phra Kan

Lopburi's holiest place sits in the old town's roundabout. It has a modern (1951) shrine in front of a Khmer-era laterite base from a toppled prang (Hindi/Khmer-style stupa) that was previously known as the 'supreme…
Ruins in Lopburi

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat

For a peaceful, monkey-free experience of a Khmer wát, stroll around this beautiful site opposite the train station. Built in the 12th century and heavily modified over the centuries, this now-ruined temple has the …
Area in Lopburi

Ang Sap Lek

With calm waters on one side and fingers of limestone on the other, views from the shore of this reservoir are picturesque. The western bank is lined by casual restaurants and food stands, most with bamboo piers for…
Ruins in Lopburi

Wat Nakhon Kosa

This is the base of a once-huge chedi (Buddhist stupa) built during the Dvaravati period, probably in the 12th century. More buildings were added in the Khmer and Ayuthaya eras, though few traces remain.
Ruins in Lopburi

Ban Wichayen

This compound, built in European style by King Narai, served as the residence of foreign ambassadors and also contained the palace of Greek trader Constantine Phaulkon, who became a key adviser to the king. The midd…
Ruins in Lopburi

Prang Khaek

The oldest monument in Lopburi, this 11th-century trio of towers has Khmer-style brickwork and was possibly once a temple to the Hindu god Shiva. King Narai had it rebuilt after it collapsed. These days it looks rat…
Buddhist Temple in Lopburi

Wat Sao Thong Thong

North of the palace, this working temple site is remarkable for its unusual wí·hăhn (sanctuary) with Gothic-style windows, which were added by King Narai so it could be used as a Christian chapel.