The townsfolk of Lopburi host a vegetarian banquet on November 30 for their 3000 strong long-tailed macaque population to say thankyou for all the tourist dollars the simians bring in. Resembling the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, this free-forall takes place around the spectacular Prang Sam Yot temple and usually draws around 10,000 people.
Many locals believe the animals are godsends from Kala, a Hindu divinity who holds sway over time and death, because many of the monkeys live around the 10th century Khmer-style shrine devoted to him. Others believe that the monkeys are soldiers of Hanuman, the monkey god and warrior who led simian armies to great victories in the epic Indian tale, the Ramayana.
Located just a few hours away from Bangkok, the old city of Lopburi has many other historical attractions worth a visit, including the Khmer ruins at San Phra Kan and Phra Narai Ratchaniwet.