My Guide to a low budget day spent on a beautiful morning drive by sunflower fields and to Lopburi Peacock Temple to experience a truly unique sight of majestic peacocks roaming the temples. Stopping for lunch and the afternoon at Sub Lek Reservoir, a favorite among locals.
Getting There: hire a motorbike from Lopburi town. The only place I could find was Noom Guesthouse and as a result I had to pay a premium of ฿300.
Costs: the temple is free to enter as are the sunflower fields that you’ll see on the road up there.
You’re going to need to rent motorbike for the day; you’ll head out of the city on the 3017 it is a 20 minute drive to get there. The drive is incredible as you pass through hundreds of fields of yellow sunflowers. It’s absolutely fine to stop off and frolic in the sunflower fields, just be careful not to damage the plants as these are the farmers livelihoods. Once you are done frolicking, jump back on the bike and drive up the hill to the Peacock Temple. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see all of the multicolored peacocks milling around at the base of the temple. There is a monastery in the grounds so you’ll no doubt see lots of monks dressed in orange milling around the place. The main site is the giant buddha which sits at the top of a staircase of 463 steps. The peacocks will be milling around and very loud but stunning with their gorgeous tail feathers.
My visit to Peacock Temple was a became a bit more interesting when a monk decided to start a fire on the premises to control the dead plants and bushes on the hillside. I’m using the word control loosely as his method of controlling the fire was watching it from afar with a wooden broom and occasionally patting at flames that got to close too the statues at the bottom of the staircase. As for the fire raging up the hill he didn’t seem to care in the slightest. I climbed the stairs with a fire raging to the left of me and smoke billowing overhead, probably not the cleverest decision but it all worked out fine in the end.
After a half hour climb up the stairs you will be greeted by an enormous Buddha and sweeping views across the countryside. I was the only person at the temple that afternoon so I had the entire site to myself, except for the pyromaniac monks starting wildfires! While taking in the view I noticed a large lake down below. I thought I’d run the fiery gauntlet back down the stairs and go and check out the lake, which turned out to be Sub Lek Reservoir. All along the reservoir there are floating seating areas where local restaurants serve you food, it was a great spot for lunch! The reservoir is incredibly peaceful, and on a weekday it’s fairly quiet but the weekends get much busier as it’s a favorite local spot. You can grab yourself a fried rice or noodles for ฿60 and sit enjoying a peaceful meal, which is just what I needed after the stress of running through a wildfire!