Visitors are invited to join the only buffet festival where the guests of honour are more than 3,000 local Long Tailed Macaques which will feast on more than 4,000 kilograms of delicious food.
Located 150 km north east to Bangkok, Lopburi celebrates every year on the last Saturday and Sunday of November (28th & 29th November), the Monkey Buffet Festival, a fruit banquet for monkeys. The feeding fiesta takes place in San Phra Kan and in Phra Prang Sam Yot temples.
According to the local faith, feeding the monkeys brings good luck. On the long tables covered with red tablecloths is placed a great variety of fresh fruits. More than 10,000 people reach the place in order to see the thousands of monkeys that eat all the colored fruits
The day starts with the town eagerly decorating the streets with monkey sculptures while the young ones dressed up as monkeys dancing all around town. The preparation for the main buffet is such an extravagant event.
The macaques receive an actual formal invitation attached to cashew nuts and real chefs prepare the feast consisting mostly of a vegetarian diet that includes rice, fruits (bananas, mangos, apples, etc.), vegetables, desert, and much more.
The abundant food is placed on long tables covered with table clothes positioned on the 10th century ruins at the San Phra Kan and Phara Prang Sam Yot temples.
This beautiful displayed of colorful food does not last long as the guests of honour come in fast force to devour everything on their way while adding dancing, screaming and food fights even involving those watching so stay alert.
This year a sharp drop in tourism due to the coronavirus has reportedly forced monkeys who inhabit Prang Sam Yod temple complex to forage farther from their turf, eventually escalating into an all-out street fight with another tribe of monkeys on Tuesday.
“It’s the summer so usually we see a lot of tourists, but now because of the outbreak there’s so few that the markets are very quiet. Not enough tourists come to leave food for the monkeys at Prang Sam Yod,” Sasaluk Rattanachai.
Monkeys can be aggressive, and they have been known to steal purses, bags, and whatever else they can get their paws on. This year the monkeys are likely to be even more hungry than ever; you’ve been warned!
There will be three ‘table sittings’, at 09.00, 12.00 and 16.00 Hrs.
Please contact the TAT Lopburi Office at Tel: +66 (0) 3677 0096-7 or TAT Contact Centre 1672 for more information.