Thai monkey festival back again, witnessed by tourists and locals

 Monday, November 29, 2021 

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Thousands of monkeys in Lopburi in central Thailand feasted on two tons of fruits and vegetables after the town’s Monkey Festival resumed following two-year hiatus caused by pandemics, watched by tourists and locals. Hundreds of macaques, known as long-tailed monkeys, were seen climbing on people and stacks of fruit, munching away on bananas and pineapples.

The feast costs over 1,00,000 baht ($3,000), an annual custom for locals to thank the monkeys for doing their part in attracting tourists to Lopburi, sometimes known as “Monkey Province”.Lopburi monkeys like costly things, so they are given durian this time said Yongyuth Kitwatananusont who organized before over 30 monkey festivals.

 This year’s festival theme was wheelchair monkeys and Yongyuth decided to donate 100 wheelchairs to needy people. The festival proved a famous draw and tourists gradually came back to Thailand after the govt. launched a quarantine-free travel scheme for vaccinated tourists in Nov.

This time in two years, monkeys get to eat all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Moroccan tourist, Ayoub Boukhari said he’s happy to this and now thinking about going to the next festival.

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