Thailand Brings Back Its Annual Monkey Festival

The monkeys feasted on thousands of dollars worth of fruit.

monkeys festival; thailand festival

Photo by simasg/Getty Images/Canva

By Cailey Rizzo

Dec 2, 2021

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE — and hundreds of monkeys — gathered in Thailand in the province of Lopburi on Sunday to celebrate the first Monkey Festival since the start of the pandemic.

The festival, organized by locals every year, is traditionally held on the last Sunday in November, although the 2020 celebration was canceled due to the pandemic. It is the first time in two years that the monkeys were able to feast on fruits and vegetables gifted by locals, according to CNN.

The purpose of the festival is to thank the monkeys for their part in Lopburi’s tourism, as this region of Thailand, sometimes known as “Monkey Province,” attracts visitors from all over the world.

The macaques were seen scurrying outside temples, playing with tourists’ cameras, and enjoying the gifts that had been left out for them.

The monkeys feasted on Bt100,000 (more than US$3,000 USD) worth of food, to the delight of spectators.

“Today’s special is durian, which is expensive. Lopburi monkeys like expensive things,” Yongyuth Kitwatananusont, who has organized more than 30 monkey festivals, told CNN. The durian fruit is one of the smelliest fruits in the world, so much so, that many hotels and airlines have banned the fruit because of its pungent odor.

More than 100,000 inbound travelers entered Thailand in November — a figure that is as high as the first 10 months of the year combined, the network reported.

Thailand reopened some of its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from 63 countries on Nov. 1. Travelers that meet the country’s vaccination requirements can skip quarantine if they show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

Sponsored by Patina Maldives

Other provinces will reopen on a rolling basis. Thailand plans to reopen 20 provinces on Dec. 1 and an additional 13 border provinces are scheduled to reopen on Jan. 1, 2022.

Tips & News

Give Singapore’s Geylang Neighborhood a Chance

The old school rules in Geylang, where a colorful jumble of heritage shops, ornate temples, bustling kopitiams and legendary eateries invites a closer look at Singapore’s grittiest neighborhood.

Hotels & Resorts

Four Seasons Sayan

Entrances don’t get much more dramatic than this: from the driveway a footbridge suspended 25 meters above a velvet-green gorge connects to an elliptical lotus pond set on the rooftop of the resort and descends into the 180-degree-view lobby.

Tips & News

21 Questions with Jeninne Lee-St. John, T+L SEA’s New Editor in Chief

Raised in Washington, D.C., and having lived in Bangkok for eight years, Jeninne’s got a world of opinions.

AirAsia super app : flying taxis airasia

Tips & News

Flying Taxis Are Coming A Lot Sooner Than You Think

In the best news we’ve heard all year, AirAsia plans to offer manned-drone flying taxis across Asia through its Super App.