Monkey Buffet Festival 2020 Lopburi Thailand
. Sound very amazing right?? you need to visit Thailand for seeing thousands of long tailed macque monkeys feeding from massive banquet tables in the area of their own “monkey city”.
Legend has it that the Hindu deity Hanuman saved a god's daughter from a demon in Thailand and monkeys have been gladly welcomed here ever since. They are most commonly found in ancient towns such as Lopburi which is located 150 kilometres north of Bangkok. In Lopburi, the local people conduct a huge monkey banquet every November as a celebration of these apes. The banquet has fruits, vegetables and seeds kept on offer for the 3,000 monkeys that live in Lopburi's temple area. It's a pretty exciting sight to see these monkeys enjoy the festivities, though you should be careful to keep your distance else they climb onto you too!
While monkeys are a common sight all over the city, many gather for the feast offered to them during this festival, one of the six life changing festivals to see in Thailand, making it a great opportunity to see a vast number of monkeys at one location.
The monkey citizens of the city intermix with locals in everyday life. It is not uncommon to see these mischievous creatures roaming the streets interacting with Thais and foreigners alike, although until recently the event has been a local festival and tourists are only beginning to realise that this amazing event occurs.
The festival begins with live performances and dances that draw the monkeys out. Long tables dressed with red tablecloths are laid and are filled with fruit, sticky rice, salads and Thai desserts, all designed in colourful shapes and patterns to please the animals. Culturally, the non-spirtual feast will bring good luck to the local townspeople. Visitors may even see frequent monkey foodfights, so be sure to not get caught in the crossfire!‘
Thousands of Travelers will come to witness more than 3000 monkeys feed on banquets of brightly coloured fruit on long red tablecloths, bringing the town and it’s people good luck. There are also many attraction during this festival featuring the ethnic culture of the region, along with many other fun-filled displays and contests, including stalls featuring amazing Thai food etc which fosters a real carnival atmosphere.
Where does the Monkey Buffet Festival take place?
Lopburi is located in central Thailand, the city is 154 kms north-east of Bangkok. There is historical evidence to suggest that the city has been continuously inhabited for around 3000 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the Kingdom. It is full of ancient ruins left over from the empires that ruled the region.
How to get around Lopburi
Lopburi is perfectly located for an overnight or weekend trip from Bangkok.
Air-conditioned coaches and non-air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal) every 20 minutes from 5.30 a.m. until 8.30 p.m. And the journey time is 3 hours.
Bangkok-Chiang Mai trains leave Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station every morning. Rapid trains leave the station 5 times a day, with a travel time of 2.5 hours
Things to do in Lopburi
There are many attractions in the area to satisfy the wanderlust explorer, its especially good for its scenic hikes and walks.
The Phra Narai Ratchaniwet, also know as the King’s Palace, is a beautiful palace complex houses the home of King Narai the Great. It is a ruin that is known as the second capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom and has a unique mix of Khmer and French influences, making this one of the best sites in Lop Buri for history fans, it also includes the town’s museum.
A 17th-century ruin that can be found in Lop Buri is Wat San Paolo, is a Jesuit church that was founded by the Portuguese. The ruins include the remains of one brick wall, a tower, and an octagonal, three story observatory. An attraction that not many tourists know about it is fitting for those who are interested in the trail of foreigners within Thailand.
Where to stay for Monkey Buffet Festival 2020 in Lopburi Thailand?
The Sri Intra Hotel
is located right in the middle of all the monkey madness, with hot-pink walls, plaid drapes, free WiFi, TVs on chunky wood desks and springy beds with comforters.