Lopburi Monkey Temple
An easy day trip out of Bangkok is the two and half hour,
100-mile (150km), train ride to the Monkey Temple in the town of
Lopburi. Legend has it the temple was founded by a fallen arrow of
Hanuman, the Hindu Monkey God. The animal kingdom hierarchy is
reversed here as the temple gives the monkeys free roam and food.
Often novelty turns into nervousness as visitors are followed by
crowds of the impolite inhabitants. Visitors can buy packs of
sunflower seeds for THB 10 to feed the monkeys, but keep watch of
loose items like glasses, purses, and especially food as the
monkeys are keen pickpockets and they bite. November is the Monkey
Festival in Lopburi but it is interesting to visit year-round.
Address: Lopburi, 93 miles (150km) north-east of Bangkok.