Lopburi's most famous landmark is this Khmer shrine called Phra Prang Sam Yot. The three prangs symbolize the sacred triad of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. King Narai converted the shrine into a Buddhist temple, and a stucco image of the Buddha sits serenely before the central prang. The most memorable aspect of the monument is its hundreds of resident monkeys, including mothers and nursing babies, wizened old males, and aggressive youngsters. Hold tight to your possessions,
as the monkeys steal everything from city maps to digital cameras. Most tourists wind up having a blast with the monkeys. Approach them and stand still for a minute, and you'll soon have monkeys all over your head, shoulders, and just about everywhere else—a perfect photo op.
Vichayen Rd., Lopburi, Thailand