Lop Buri is known as a monkey city in Thailand. The Crab-eating macaques upset the entire urban area. But they mainly gather around the Phra Prang Sam Yot.
The Phra Prang Sam Yot is a Buddhist temple complex consisting of three laterite towers in Khmer style, the so-called Prangs. The temple is the landmark of the city.
Myriads of monkeys gather here and are tolerated as they attract tourists. There are two different monkey clans facing each other here. On the temple grounds, it is the temple clan.
The other monkey clan, the market clan, has obtained a position on the opposite side of the street. Innumerable monkeys populate the facades of the houses. Both clans are not very friendly against each other. They strictly observe that no intruder violates their own territory.
Throughout the city, it is actually forbidden to feed the monkeys. But you can see people who bring food and distribute it to the monkeys.
On the opposite side in the south of the area is a small shrine, the San Phra Kan. Behind it hide the remains of a Khmer Prang, which is used as a monkey retreat. It is the only place in the city where the feeding of the monkeys is officially allowed.
But it seems that the monkeys are doing well; for the most part, they are very peaceful. The monkeys use the surrounding railway and power lines as gymnastics apparatuses. But we suspect that the power lines are in the meantime out of service. The monkeys barely take notice of the passing trains.
After watching the bustle for a while, we drive to our hotel. We don’t want to do a description because it not recommendable.
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