I arrived in Lopburi very tired at 6.30am. I didnt get much sleep on the train as I could only get a seat, not a sleeper. I went straight to a guesthouse from my guidebook to get a room and slept for a few hours. It was the biggest room so far, bigger than my bedroom back home even! Wicked!
I decided i'd done enough walking about, all this moving about and major sight seeing stuff was wearing me out, so I got a bloke on a bike to take me around on a little tour. As we cycled around it became apparent that the place really was overrun by monkeys. It was the most bizzare experience. They were just crawling over the street on the power cables, sitting at the side of the road minding their own business eating bananas, and were just generally part of the scenery, as if it were just a normal thing round these parts.
I went to a few more temples, and found one that there were just monkeys sleeping and sitting around as if waiting for the tourists. I bought a bag of nuts and just walked around feeding them. The place had hardly any toursists there, so had my pick of who to feed. I just never experienced anything like this, you just took a nut, and handed it to them. It was just so mad, and their hands are just like human hands, they grabed your hand and took the nut with their other. Another one of those moments that I couldnt belive I was doing it.
I also visited a less monkey infested temple, where I was the only tourist. A monk came out to see what I was doing there, he didnt realy speak much english, but we sort of got by. He was trying to explain things about the temple to me, and I think he just gave up and invited me in for a coffee. There were several other monks in the room, and they were just so interested in practicing their english. They all got their thai-english books out, and kept asking me 'how are you?' to which I replied 'I am fine, how are you?' They didnt understand a word, but it was fun trying. The main monk then gave me a metal necklace thing to say thank you. I asked him what it was, and he said it was a 'secret'. I have no idea what it was, but I did keep it.
The next day, I cought the early train to Bangkok.