Feast Your Eyes at Thailand’s Hidden Gem Lop Buri, A Place of Endless Sunflower Fields and Ancient Temples

The popular tourist spot Lop Buri in the middle part of Thailand offers an unlimited display of sunflower fields and natural wonders for visitors to enjoy

Feast Your Eyes at Thailand’s Hidden Gem Lop Buri, A Place of Endless Sunflower Fields and Ancient Temples

The popular tourist spot Lop Buri in the middle part of Thailand offers an unlimited display of sunflower fields and natural wonders for visitors to enjoy

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About 150 km northeast of Bangkok, you can find Lop Buri, also nicknamed Monkey City, famous for its annual sunflower festival which is held from December to January each year

The rich history of Lop Buri dates back to the ancient times of Dvaravati period more than 1,000 years ago. The city is originally known as Lavapura, meaning “city of Lava”. Similar to Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali, Lop Buri is also called “Monkey City” because here, monkeys are an integral part in the lives of people in the city.

Nowadays, Lop Buri is a top tourist destination. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) names it among Thailand’s 55 secondary destinations for its unique local Thai experiences, one of them is the annual sunflower festival.

The popular tourist spot Lop Buri in the middle part of Thailand offers an unlimited display of sunflower fields and natural wonders for visitors to enjoy

The best time to visit Lop Buri’s sunflower fields is between November and February when the sunflowers are in full bloom. If you head there in December, you are likely to see them when they are at their tallest. Yellow sunflower fields, with a backdrop of mountains and dramatic limestone karsts, will clearly make an unforgettable moment to be captured and shared on your travel blog and social media. The biggest and most popular tourist attraction in Lop Buri is Khao Chin Lae Sunflower Field. You can also find other sunflower pastures in the nearby Saraburi province.

On top of sunflower fields, there are other top attractions to visit in Lop Buri. Nature and outdoor enthusiasts can head to Khao Som Phot Wildlife Sanctuary, which covers 33,760 acres with prominent Bronze Age and Rattanakosin period archaeological sites and nature trails to explore the area.

About 150 km northeast of Bangkok, you can find Lop Buri, also nicknamed Monkey City, famous for its annual sunflower festival which is held from December to January each year

There is also Wang Kan Lueang Waterfall, the only waterfall in Lop Buri province with clear stream water that runs blue-green like emerald all year long regardless of the season. How come this is possible? This is because the Wang Kan Lueang Arboretum is fed from a large natural underground spring 1.5 kilometres east of the waterfall. The waterfall is a perfect getaway for people who seek a quiet and refreshing retreat from town.

Next, take a Thai train to Pa Sak Jolasid Dam. Similar to the sunflower season, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) operates a special holiday train service from Bangkok to Pa Sak Jolasid Dam in Lop Buri, usually from mid-November to end of January in the latest years. It features stops for passengers in Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Kaeng Khoi, Kaeng Sua Ten and the Rotfai Loi Nam floating railway Viewpoint at the Dam’s entrance. For more information about the status of the train, please call SRT’s Call Centre at 1690.

The rich history of Lop Buri dates back to the ancient times of Dvaravati period more than 1,000 years ago. The city is originally known as Lavapura, meaning “city of Lava”

If you are history buff, spare some time to visit the ancient temples of Lop Buri. There are several sites to visit. Firstly, Wat Dharmikarama or Bat Temple, situated at the western bank of the Bang Kam River. Don’t worry, the site is safe—you won’t be bothered because the temple is no longer home to bats. Secondly, Wat Kawisraram Ratchaworawiharn, one of the oldest and most important temples in the province. Legend has it that the temple was built by King Narai the Great. Thirdly, Wat Nakhon Kosa, the temple ruins which has the oldest remnant, a ruined chedi from the Dvaravati era, which dates back to 6th to 13th centuries. Lastly, Wat Choeng Tha, a restored temple ruin listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can ask for a guided commentary to accompany you throughout the visit.

For more information about city tour, experiences and activities at Lop Buri, please visit www.wisatathailand.id or www.tourismthailand.org.

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