Sunday, 20 March 2016

MONKEY BUFFET FESTIVAL 2015

The Monkey Buffet Festival is quite an unique Festival in the very cultural country of Thailand. Set up in the province of Lopburi, North of Bangkok, the Monkey Buffet Festival is held for the benefit of the monkeys. 4000 kilograms of fruits, vegetables, cakes, candies are set down in front of temples on tables, in pyramid or just on a simple mat for the delight of the 3000 monkeys living in the area.
The Monkey Buffet Festival also hosts plenty of activities in relation with monkeys: music and dances with young people dress like monkeys, monkeys costumes, monkey masks... Monkey sculptures will also flourish around the area.
The Festival was invented in 1989 by a local business man in order to boost the tourism in the Lopburi province. Since thousand of visitors come every year to see the numerous monkeys filling their stomachs.
The temples where the festival is held have been built in the 10th century by the Khmer dynasty with a similar architecture from Cambodia's Angkor Wat. Now, they belong to the Monkey territory.
A word of wisdom: these monkeys are very accustomed to human presence and they won't hesitate a second to climb on people and "borrow" valuable or food for an undefined period of time.

GETTING THERE

AIR

Thailand is an important aviation hub in South East Asia: Suvarnabhumi Airport serves a large number of airlines from everywhere in the worls. Shuttle bus, car rental or express train are available at the Airport.

ROAD

Bus routes exists between Lopburi and major thailand cities.

TRAIN

Trains from Bangkok's main Hualamphong station take about 3 hours.
*Culled from festivalasia.net.

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