We were heading to Wat Tan En, north of Ayutthaya, in Bangpahan district. The plan was to photograph flying foxes that are resident in this temple. However the local monks had decided to trim the trees and all the flying foxes were gone. As an alternative destination we choose Wat Phra Prang Sam Yod in the town of Lop Buri. Another temple where animals are the permanent residents, here many monkeys stay at the temple ruins. The change in plans made it a fun day out for photography. Driving time from Bangkok is about 2 hours, a nice place to stop when travelling to North Thailand.
Phra Prang Sam Yot is Lop Buris best known landmark and provincial symbol. A former Hindu Shrine built in the 13th century in the classic Bayon style of Khmer architecture, the compound comprises three prangs (towers) linked by a corridor. The three laterite and sandstone spires decorated with classic stucco are believed to have originally represented the Hindu Trimurti; Brahman (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Siva (the destroyer).