Fruit galore: Thai monkey festival returns

Welcome to Thailand’s annual Monkey Festival

LOCATION: Lopburi, Thailand

Thousands of monkeys feasted on fruit and vegetables

Locals spent over $3,000 on the feast to thank the monkeys

for drawing tourists to Lopburi, known as ‘Monkey Province’

(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) MONKEY BUFFET ORGANISER, YONGYUTH KITWATANANUSONT, SAYING:"Today is the 33rd time that we held this event. This year, under the theme of 'Wheelchair Monkey Party' where we will donate 100 wheelchairs to people in need. I would say the event is very successful, many Thais and tourists are visiting."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST, AYOUB BOUKHARI, SAYING:"We came here yesterday. We get to see this and it was quite unexpected and the monkeys are quite silly. I'm really happy to get to see this and now I'm thinking about going to the next festival."

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