Wonders of Lop Buri combine Thai history, sunflowers and natural attractions


Lop Buri is known for its rich history, but these days might be just as famous for its annual sunflower festival and natural wonders. Having said that, its place in Thai history is undeniable. Its heyday dates back to the reign of King Narai the Great of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, who made Lop Buri his second capital.  The King spent much of each year there partly for security reasons, and his prosperous reign (1656-1688) saw international trade thrive in the Thai Kingdom.

Lop Buri province is also famous for the monkeys that live among the people in the city, but there are a few other things to do in Lop Buri that shouldn’t be missed. One of them is visiting the sunflower fields.

Aerial Photograph of Sunflower Field at Khao Chin Lae, Lop Buri

Culture vultures will love the ancient temples of Lop Buri. Wat Dharmikarama (Bat Temple), tucked into the western bank of the Bang Kam River, is steeped in local history but no longer is home to the bats. Wat Kawisraram Ratchaworawiharn is one of the oldest and most important temples in the province that legend has it that the temple was built by King Narai the Great.

Wat Kawisraram Ratchaworawiharn

Clearly, there is a lot to love about Lop Buri, and two nights is a perfect amount of time to see it all. International visitors might not find anything fancy here, but that’s part of its charm. What they will enjoy is an easily accessible glance at a simpler way of life in Thailand.