By train the journey from Nakhon Sawan to Lopburi is scheduled to take from 1 to 2 hours depending upon which train you take.
Train Times from Nakhon Sawan to Lopburi
There are 7 direct train services a day from Nakhon Sawan to Lopburi.
- The fastest train from Nakhon Sawan to Lopburi is Train #8 departing at 16:22 is scheduled to complete the journey from Nakhon Sawan to Ayutthaya in 1 hour 04 minutes.
- The slowest train from Nakhon Sawan to Lopburi is Train #102 departing at 15:56 is scheduled to complete the journey from Nakhon Sawan to Ayutthaya in 2 hours 09 minutes.
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Location of Nakhon Sawan Railway Station
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Location of Lopburi Railway Station
About Travel to Lopburi
Not so many foreign tourists visit Lopburi as they do the other three cities to the north of Bangkok which are well known for their historical sites: Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and Chiang Mai. Given that Lopburi is close to both Ayutthaya (70 km) and Bangkok (150 km) the city should really attract more visitors than it does. Particularly given that Lopburi is so easily accessible via Thailand’s Northern Railway Line.
Lopburi is a small city with around 60,000 permanent residents. The city has a New Town and an Old Town area. The Old Town area, within walking distance to the west and north of Lopburi Railway Station, is where the most important historical attractions are located, along with nearly all the tourist oriented hotels and restaurants, and lots of wild monkeys.
Lopburi is believed to have been settled in the 6th Century making it one of the longest continually inhabited towns in Thailand. The earliest settlers are thought to have been people of the Dvaravati culture. There’s little evidence which remains of that earlier civilisation. Lopburi was extensively redeveloped in the 12th and 13th Centuries by the Angkor Regime of Cambodia. As well as being responsible for the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, the Angkor Regime was also a major regional superpower whose culture and architecture was exported widely across Thailand and Vietnam.
The most visible reminders of the influence of the Angkor Regime on Lopburi are the temples they built in the city’s Old Town area. Originally built as Hindu places of worship, these temples have been repurposed over the years by followers of Theravada Buddhism. Buddhist icons and art have been added although the central features of the original Khmer temples have largely been preserved, inlcuding the central prang towers representing the Hindu home of the of the gods, Mount Meru, along with distinctive Angkor style stone carvings.
The three most popular of these temples are Phra Prang Sam Yot, San Phra Kan, and Wat Phrasi Rattana Mahathat.
King Narai’s Palace
After the Angkor Regime retreated from Northern Thailand Lopburi went into decline except for a brief period in the 17th Century when the legendary King Narai decided to make Lopburi the capital city of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. At the time the Ayutthaya Kingdom was the most powerful of the city states in Thailand and often identified by modern day historians as the earliest form of the Kingdom of Thailand.
King Narai’s Palace has been restored and turned into a museum, the Somdet Phra Narai Ratchanivet National Museum Lopburi. The palace has several interesting throne halls and museum displays and is well worth visiting. Anyone interested in the history of foreign interaction with Thailand will also want to visit the ruins of Ban Vichayen. Ban Vichayen was a European style house built to accommodate foreign ambassadors, and later became the home of Constantine Phaulkon, who was the only European who has ever managed to become Prime Minister of Thailand.