Lopburi Attractions, Attractions in Lopburi, what to do in Lopburi, Lopburi Sightseeing

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Attractions in Lopburi Province
Religious Sites
Wat Khao Wongkhot (Bat Cave)
Location : Ban Mi District
Wat Khao Wongkhot is famous temple of Lopburi province and a must to visit, this temple is located approximately 4 kilometers from Ban Mi District and covers an area of 30 rai. The temple was built in the middle of three mountains with the Reclining Buddha enshrined at the foot of Sanam Daeng Mountain. Visitors are encouraged to stop at a pavilion which keeps the un-deteriorated body of Charoen Ditsawanno venerable Bhikku, former abbot of Wat Khao Wongkot who passed away in 1963.

Within the compound of Wat Khao Wongkhot is a bat cave which is considered to be the largest in Lopburi. With millions of bats inhabiting the cave, the temple receives substantial revenues from the sale of bat dung. The bats will fly out of the cave at 06:00 pm. to seek food. It takes up to 2 hours to empty the cave.
San Phra Kan
Location : Muang District
San Phra Kan
San Phra Kan
San Phra Kan or Kala Shrine is a Brahman shrine located opposite Phra Prang Sam Yod and close to the railway station. San Phra Kan’s an archaeological and historical place in Lopburi town. Around the area of San Phra Kan, it is home for the monkeys more than 300 that the tourists will enjoy taking picture. Within the precinct of San Phra Kan is comprised of both old and new sections. The former can be dated back to the Khmer period, as attested by the laterite mound that was found. The new section, constructed in 1951, contains a famous object of worship a four-armed Phra Narai (Vishnu) figure fixed with a Buddha’s head. Located nearby is a guardian house in which various Buddha and Hindu images are enshrined.
Wat Khao Somphot
Location : Chai Badan District
Wat Khao Somphot located 38 kilometers to the east of Chai Badan District and covers an area of 200 rai. The temple located within areas of Khao Somphot, a high and steep limestone mountain range with full of caves and cliffs. There are 19 caves naturally decorated with stalactites and stalagmites in the environs of the mountainous temple. Recommended caves to visit include Tham Yai, Tham Chedi, Tham Phet, Tham Ram Wong, Tham Singto and etc.
Wat Khao Wong Phrachan
Location : Khok Samrong District
Wat Khao Wong Phrachan is very famous temple located at the foot of Wong Phrachan Mountain, the highest mountain of Lopburi, 652 meters above sea level and surrounded by an atmosphere of shady trees and beautiful views of nature and Lopburi c ity. An important establishment of Wong Prachun Temple is the Buddha’s Footprint at the top of the Wong Prachun Mountain. At the summit of Khao Wong Phrachan, visitors can see the panoramic scenery below. Khao Wong Phrachan is considered as the highest mountain of Lopburi and is a place that has brought popularity to the province for a long time.

How to get there
The temple compound is located approximately 28 kilometres from Lopburi city on highway No.1 (Phaholyothin Rd.) and turn right at km. 178 for another 5 km.
Wat Lai
Location : Tha Wung District
Wat Lai
Wat Lai
Wat Lai is a famous Ayutthaya-period temple located on the riverbank of the Bang Kham River in Tha Wung District. The total distance is approximately 24 kilometers from town. There are two important Buddha images in this temple, Phra Si Ari Buddha image which local people have worshipped for generations and The Uthong-style Buddha image, a beautiful statue. Other than the beautiful Ayutthaya sculpture there is one Buddha image, unique and ancient - the next Bodhisatva, which since those days has been most revered and believed to be the most sacred by the Samorkhon locals. There are so many legends related to this image.

The image is estimated to have been made at the beginning of the Ayutthaya period or even in the Sukhothai time. The image was cast to be like a Buddha’s disciple with a bold head and no halo around, looking more like a human, in the sitting position of Subduing Mara. It is made of brass and lacquered and covered with gold leaves. The legend has it that the image was cast to replace the old Bodhisatva fabricated in King Prasartthong’s reign and later burnt in a fire in the viharn. Much later on, King Rama V had Prince Praditvorakan do some restoration work and make almost a new one. The King also ordered annual celebrations to honor the image.
Wat Mani Chonlakhan
Location : Muang District
This is one of the oldest temples traced to the early Ayutthaya period was built in the reign of King Mongkut. Wat Mani Chonlakhan was originally called Wat Ko Kaew as it was located on a small island. Remains found in the compound include the Chedi Luang Pho Saeng, the ubosot, the vihara and a large Buddha image situated along the riverside.
Wat Nakhon Kosa
Location : Muang District
Wat Nakhon Kosa is Khmer-style temple, was build in 12th century which located on the north of the railway station near Phra Kan shrine. "Wat Nakhon Kosa" is assumed to be derived from the name of the renovation person, Chao Phraya Kosathibodi (Lek) during the reign of King Narai the Great. The large chedi in the front of temple was built during the Dvaravati period. The ordination hall and the vihara hall were built during the reign of King Narai the Great of Ayutthaya. Lopburi-style prang fronting the temple was built around 1157. The U-Thong style cement Buddhas on the prangs were added at a later date. Sculptures of the Dvaravati period were found during excavations at the base of the large chedi in 1987 - 1988. They are exhibited at the National Museum in Lopburi.
Wat Phra Si Maha That
Location : Muang District
Wat Phra Si Maha That is the oldest Buddhist temple with tallest Prang in Lopburi province, the temple located behind the railway station near the Phra Kan Shrine. The Lopburi style prang in front of the temple was built around 1157 when the town came under Khmer rule. The U-Thong style Buddha images on the prang and the large vihara were later added by King Narai the Great. The laterite prang still has some original lintels and stucco work intact. A number of other chedis and prangs - most of which were restored were greatly influenced by both the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya styles.

How to get there
From Bangkok, take Phahonyothin Road (Highway No.1), to Bang Pahun, passing Nakhon Luang to Ayuttha via Highway No. 3196, before reaching Lopburi. The temple located in Lopburi town centre.
Opening Hours : Wed - Sun 07:00 am. - 05:00 pm. (Close on Monday and Tuesday)
Contact : Tel. 0 2221 7811, 0 2225 2652
Wat San Paolo
Location : Muang District
Wat San Paolo is commonly known as Saint Paul or Saint Paulo Church, it’s a Jesuit Church founded by the Portuguese during the reign of King Narai the Great. The temple is situated approximately 3 kilometers east of Lopburi town on Ramdaecho Road. The location was also used for star observation. The architectural style was mixed Thai and European. The portal arch was built on European style, while the observatory was constructed in octagonal shape. Today only a brick wall of a high tower remains behind the church site. The name "San Paolo" was derived from the Portuguese St Paul’s Church in Ayutthaya. Saint Paul was one of the twelve Apostles during the ministry of Jesus.
Wat Sao Thong Thong
Location : Muang District
Wat Sao Thong Thong
Wat Sao Thong Thong
Wat Sao Thong Thong is the ancient Gothic-style temple of Lopburi which suited on Rue de France, to the north of the King Narai’s Palace. This western style vihara was believed to have originally been built by King Narai the Great as a church for Christian envoys. It was subsequently restored by King Narai the Great, who ordered the replacement of Thai windows with Western-style windows with Gothic-designs in the secondary chapel. Later on, the vihara was converted into a Buddhist temple. It contains a large seated Ayutthaya-style Buddha image. In addition, assorted Lopburi style Buddha images can be found on the surrounding walls.
Wat Thammikaram
Location : Ban Mi District
Wat Thammikaram located on west bank of the Bang Kham canal in Tha Wung District. Wat Thammikaram was formerly known as Wat Khang Khao (Bat Temple), it is the old temple, estimated to be built during Rattanakosin period. This was due to the fact that many thousands of bats used to live there. Visitors to this temple usually marvel at its notable murals which can be dated from the mid 1800s.
Wat Yang Na Rangsi
Location : Mueang District
Wat Yang Na Rangsi located on the east bank of the Lopburi River, approximately 9 kilometers south of the town center along the Lopburi - Ayutthaya route. The temple is famous for its Buddha images which were made of sandstone and quartz. It is also notable for its wooden sala (a wooden teaching hall) which was built in 1927 in a typical central region style. The sala has been converted into the Lopburi Boat Museum, where a large collection of local vessels, in particular a one-seat barge, are exhibited.
Monument
King Narai the Great Statue
Location : Muang District
The Statue of King Narai the Great is a Lopburi’s city landmark which is located in the middle of Thepsatri Roundabout near the town entrance. It was built to honor King Narai the Great in forging ahead technological development, foreign relations and prosperity to Lopburi and the Ayutthaya Kingdom. The King Narai was the first monarch to bring modern technology into use such as the use of terra-cotta pipes and construction of celestial observatory. He is also remembered for his neo-foreign policy as he established close diplomatic ties with the European powers.
Museums
King Narai National Museum
Location : Muang District
King Narai National Museum
King Narai National Museum
The Museum is located in Ratchadamnoen Road and Pratu Chai Road, in the town center of Lopburi. This museum was established on October 11th, 1924 by Prince Damrong Rajanubhab and Prince Narisara Nuvadtivongs calling it the Lopburi Museum. Later, in 1961 the name of the museum was changed to King Narai National Museum. To date, the museum has exhibited more than 1,864 items of the collection of ancient artifacts in different pavilions and buildings of the palace.

The exhibitions consist of displays on the culture of the Chao Phraya Basin in central Thailand from the prehistoric period to the 13th century, and memorials to King Narai and King Rama IV. Currently, three historical buildings are used to display various art objects, including an impressive collection of Lopburi-style sculpture and Khmer, Dvaravati, U-Thong and Ayutthaya arts. In addition, traditional agricultural tools, including ploughs, carts, grain separators and fish traps, are on display in different buildings.
Opening Hours : Wed - Sun 09:00 am. - 04:00 pm. (Close on Monday and Tuesday)
Contact : Tel. 0 2250 5500
Wat Lai Folk Museum
Location : Muang District
Wat Lai is a very beautiful and tucked away in a lovely quieter place in town centre. The temple is located in on the riverbank of the Bang Kham River in Tha Wung District that passes many ancient towns in the area. Wat Lai Folk Museum is a large, 2-story building full of historical treasures. It was initiated by Luang Por Lek the abbot of the temple during 1929 - 1934. He started by collecting display and antique objects and had them shown publicly at the prayer hall. Later Phra Kru Sathitboonyabhisant, Wat Lai’s abbot from 1978 to 1997 had this museum building constructed and the displays moved to here. But getting them organized and properly explained was not really done correctly. The current abbot Phra Kru Vilaspattanakhun therefore together with Mr. Pichai Wongsuwan, the then Director of the Ayutthaya’s National Museum of Chao Sam Phraya, did some improvement work. Consequently the displays were appropriately categorized and proper descriptions provided, in 1997.

The museum is a big one that has its displays nicely and orderly presented. It is a pity that the guides were not very knowledgeable about the displayed items, so the visit somewhat lacked the fun. However for someone with some prior knowledge or who appreciates historic places and antiquities, a visit to Wat Lai Museum can be quite enjoyable because this place is a resource center with its many interesting things to learn about.
Market
Wat Cherng Tha Floating Market
Location : Mueang District
Lopburi features a local market where visitors can buy everything from groceries to household appliances and shop for clothing and other necessary supplies, there are often locally produced handicrafts available at central markets and from village workshops in smaller towns throughout the province. The most interesting market in Lopburi is Wat Cherng Tha Floating Market. It’s a traditional shopping spots located near the banks of Lopburi Riverside which reflects a way of life in the communities where people live along the river from the old.
Natural Attractions
Pa Sak Cholasit Dam
Location : Phatthana Nikhom District
Pa Sak Cholasit is the longest and biggest reservoir in Central Thailand. It's was constructed as part of the Maenam Pa Sak Royal Development Project, an initiative of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on December 2th 1989, the earth (soil)-filled dam with a clay core was granted the name by His Majesty the King who presided over its opening on November 25th 1999. The Dam stretches over Lopburi and Saraburi Provinces. It is 4,860 meters long with a capacity of 785 million cubic meters at the normal water power.

Pa Sak Cholasit Dam is a major source of water for household, agriculture and industrial use in Lopburi and Saraburi Provinces. Moreover, it helps prevent flooding on the Pasak riverside and Bangkok and its outskirts. The dam also provides large-scale, fresh-water fish for locals. An emerging tourist attraction, Pa Sak Cholasit Dam offers a unique opportunity to travel across the reservoir by train. The railway was constructed along the dams ridge which leads to Pa Sak Basin Museum and a scenic lookout point above the dam. The journey offers a breathtaking and refreshing view of the reservoir, and also a bed of sunflowers.
Sap Langka Wildlife Sanctuary
Location : Lam Sonthi District
Sap Langka Wildlife Sanctuary
Sap Langka Wildlife Sanctuary
Sap Langka Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place for nature lovers which located in Kud Ta Phet Sub district. Total travel time from Lopburi town centre is approximately 1.5 hours. Sap Langka covers an area of 155 square kilometers or 96,875 rai of land. A flatland amidst a valley, the Sanctuary is 140 - 846 meters above sea level. This virgin and fertile jungle is where Maenam Lam Sonthi originates and where the nearly-extinct animals dwell. There are two natural trekking trails which are easy to follow. The first is from Haui Prik to Pha Pheung cave. The second is Haui Pradu trail which starts with a rafting trip to the 1,500-meter trail along Samui Kui cave and Phra Nok cave.

Places of interest along both trails include Namtok Pha Phueng, where water gushes down the high cliff all year round. The steep trail winds through the side of the mountain to another part of the waterfall. Nearby is the huge Pha Pheung Cave which is the home of thousand bats. Stalagmites and stalactites are found in the cave which ends at the high cliff. Other attractions include Pha Nam Yoi and Namtok Sam Sai.

How to get there
From Bangkok use Highway No. 205 from Chai Badan to Lam Sonthi. Drive for 31 kilometers, turn to Kudtapetch Sub-district and proceed for another 37 kilometers.
Opening Hours : Daily from 07:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 02 562 0760
Sunflower Field
Location : Phatthana Nikhom District
Sunflower Field
Sunflower Field
Lopburi province is the best and largest places to see sunflower fields in Thailand. The beautiful of sunflower blossom field covering an area of 1,400 rai are waiting for you to see at Khao Jean Lae, Phatthana Nikhom District. The panoramic sunflower field has become Lopburi's major tourist attraction especially during November to January when they are in full bloom. On the weekend, thousands tourists from Bangkok will take one day trip to visit the sunflower fields for take the pictures..

How to get there
  1. By Car - From Bangkok, drive along the Lopburi - Saraburi Road for approximately 30 kilometers, then turn left into Highway No. 21 and proceed for another 15 kilometers. Traveling from Lopburi town center, the sunflower field is located approximately 45 kilometers from the town.
  2. By Train - From Hua Lamphong Railway Station, Bangkok, trains heading south toward Ayutthaya (1 hour) and Bangkok leave throughout the day, roughly every hour between 05:00 am. and 09:00 pm. Rapid and express trains between Lopburi and Bangkok take about three hours, while ordinary trains take about 4 hours.
Wang Kan Lueang Arboretum Waterfall
Location : Chai BadanDistrict
The most beautiful waterfalls in Lopburi located approximately 20 kilometers from Lam Narai Market via Chai Badan – Tha Luang route. Wang Kan Luang Waterfall is a mineral geyser gushing from the ground and then overflowing streams and small waterfalls. Its streambed is solid white, glittering crusted with calcium carbonate. The spectacular ten tiered waterfall occupies a natural setting among gigantic trees providing a cool shade. A narrow path winds up through the jungle along the 10 levels of the waterfall, is probably perfect for people looking for a quite and refreshing retreat from the town.

How to get there
The waterfall is accessible via Chai Badan - Tha Luang Road (Highway No. 2089). Look for the sign of the waterfall and proceed for approximately 7 kilometers.
Zoos & Amusement Parks
Lop Buri Zoo
Location : Muang District
Lop Buri Zoo
Lop Buri Zoo
Lop Buri Zoo is only one zoo in Lopburi province, located just behind the Army Theatre near Sa Kaeo Circle. It is the most popular place for recreation and excellent way to spend the day and experience the Thailand wildlife. The zoo's inmates include favorite Asian and Australian birds, mammals and a number of crocodiles of different species as well as other animals and the facility is surrounded local tourist sites. The most unusual spectacle is that of three tigers and four dogs, each suckle at birth by the dog's mother, living in unique harmony and activities and the love story of Mike and Zu Zu, a couple of orangutans with a baby. Snake handlers show during the weekend by Royal Thai Army, special force unit in Lopburi. The show will demonstrate how to identify the poisonous and nonpoisonous snake as well as useful information about snake's bite.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 3641 3551
Other Attractions
Ban Hin Song Kon
Location : Muang District
Din So Phong (White Clay) production at Hin Song Kon Village is the best quality product in Lopburi, Thailand. The village located between Tha Le Chupson and Thanon Yai sub-districts. In that compound, there is white marl with a delicate and tight texture and thus, is not suitable for agriculture. However, due to local intellect, it has been used to produce Din So Phong which can be a raw material for many products such as talcum powder, cosmetics, toothpaste, furniture filler, etc.
Contact : Tel. 0 3661 1438 (Thale Chup Son Subdistrict Administrative Organization )
Bee Farm
Location : Phatthana Nikhom District
Lopburi is well-known for the production of pure honey from sunflower and natural extracts of Thailand. Bee farm is located at Soi 24 Sai Tri, Mo 9 Phatthana Nikhom District. The center distributes information and knowledge on Bee cultivation in Thailand. It is also a place where natural bees products including royal jelly, bee pollen, honey comb, bee wax and other honey-related products are on sale..
Kachornvit Mushroom Farm
Location : Muang Distirct
Kachornvit Mushroom Farm
Kachornvit Mushroom Farm
Kachornvit Mushroom Farm was established in 1981, the farm is where to see the process and buy fresh including Lentinula mushrooms, Abalone mushrooms, Oyster Mushrooms and as well as chemical-free vegetables amid cool weather. The Mushroom Farm has developed its technology to grow high-quality organic mushrooms using EM microbe. Visitors can take a short tour of the farm or sample several kinds of preserved mushrooms. Farm-stay accommodations are available but reservations must be made in advance.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 05:30 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 3665 2442, 08 7071 0683
Oasis Agro Farm
Location : Phatthana Nikhom District
An agro-tourism farm is one of the most famous and popular tourist attractions in Lopburi. It is a full-cycle ostrich farm look like safari which located in the foot of a mountain. Visitors can enjoy hand-feeding the ostriches, driving a mini-tractor along the sunflower plantation and taking a close picture with them in the middle of the sunflower blossom field (during November - February every year). The fram covering an area of 50 rai, Oasis Agro-Farm was established in 2001 to raise imported ostriches from South Africa. The farm is divided into different zones including a butterfly farm, an ostrich ranch, a sunflower plantation, etc.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 08 1780 8928, 08 1994 1256