Have heard about Monkeys since I was a child but have not gone to a Zoo or animal park to see in person this family of Apes. Upon hearing from a friend this so called Kingdom of Monkeys in Thailand, I googled right then on how to visit this place.
At 6:30 am, the train left Hua Lamphong station and at almost 10 am, we were in Lopburi. This old province is also known for the vast Sunflower Field (was not in season during my visit) and also ruins of Temple reflected in the era of Khmer Rouge.
Before reaching Wat Prang Yod where Monkeys reign, you can take a few walks first to different Temples such as Wat Phrasri Rattana Mahathai just behind the train station. Then proceed to Phra Prang Sam Temple and from there, you will startseeing Monkeys roaming around the place, even on top of the city gate structure, they are there watching you.
Across the street, you will see Monkeys outside the fence and on the sidewalks.
Inside the Temple, you can take Photos of Monkeys and you need to click and click as these members of the Apes are camera shy. It is like a photo shoot where the celebrity walked out.
While I was enjoying my moments as their “photographer”, suddenly one monkey jumped unto my back and pulled my hair. One Staff immediately to the rescue and grabbed this naughty one. Only then I was told the Dos and Dont’s.
These are the things to remember when at their Kingdom:
1. Tie your hair.
2. Do not wear caps or hat.
3. Place your bottled water/food in your bag.
4. Carry only your mobile phone or camera.
5. As much as possible, avoid placing anything on your back as this will caught the Monkeys attention to chase you.
Nevertheless, my day in their Kingdom was fun or I should say entertaining and seeing the beauty in the ruins of the Temples is indeed awesome.