Stephanie's Thailand Escapade travel blog

At the base of the famous monkey ruins...

Here's the little guy I tried to feed...

Fruit I fed them...

Licking the ice sculptures...

Towers of food (fruits and flowers) for the monkies (this is not...

VIP monkey lady...

Motorcycle member who makes the mecca to Lop Buri...

Hissing at a small child...


So,... running amok in Lop Buri, Thailand are a bunch of monkies.... seriously,... I have not seen anything else wuite like it... I mean, no where in the USA do we allow animals just to run around willy-nilly; so I have nothing to liken it to... Here's the reasons why they are allowed such free reign: 1) 95% of the country is Buddhist and doesn't condone killing anything... 2) These monkies are decidedly decendants of a Hindi god, so it is seen as bad luck for anyone who would harm one of these delightful little creatures. Did I say delightful?? Check out the picture where the monkey is rearing its little fangs at the child who was trying to feed it (I don't think I have the child in the picture, but where you see the fangs, you can picture some cute child, with a hand full of food, offering it to the little son of a b*tch.) LOL.....

So, seriously, these little guys are sooooooo not afriad of humans anymore since they have been able to run amok that they do whatever they want. Most of them were well behaved... even when one came up to me and sat on my knee, he didn't do much but touch and paw me, but nothing was anything unsettling but the little dirt he left on my clothes.

So,.. I arrived very early to Lop Buri - the train got in arond 0700. I walked to the town's center and on my way, tried to get something to eat... The food was unable to be prepared vegetarian I am gathering from our interaction, so I go hungry.... :/ For now anyway,... there is VERY little English spoken here. Anyway, I get there early and as they are setting up a TON of food for these little rascles, we are allowed in to one of the oldest ruins where the lady shut the gate behind and we were looking from the inside out at these iron bars with monkies crawling all over the place. To top this excellent experience off, they gave me some Thailand fruit which I was able to pull out fruite pieces ranging from the size of pine nuts to grapes and feed them to the little guys. Interestingly enough, many babies or really young monkies were hanging out here, so I could feed them... this actually made me pretty happy after I saw a mother's treatment o with one of the babies. Every time we tried to give the little guy a piece of food, the mother would either steal it, swat it out of it's hand, growl at it, hit it,... it was horrible!! Yet, the little guy still clung to its mother... I guess love for one's young knows no bound,... until it comes to food. WILD.

SO considering the amount of food they put out (they do this 2 or 3 times in the day and I only say one), it stands to reason that there is no one going hungry if they feel their monkies like this.... and if it all seems a little hokie, let me add this: there is a full on parade, dancing by people in monkey suits, traditional Thai dancing, and a VIP seating area. One person in the VIP section was donned in a red lace suite, complete with a tail and she wore an elaborate moneky mask.... I watched in awe,... I can only imagine what they are going to do for the King's birthday on December 5th... because that is one of the biggest days of the year for Thais!!!! :)

BIG FAN of monkies.. wish I could stay longer, but I am getting overrun by Thais of all shapes and sizes... But before I go, let me illustrate how big of a deal this is to many - there is a motorcycle group that rides to Lop Buri every year for this event - so much that it has become their identity. In fact, they presented one of the VIPs with a HUGE patch (one of the ones on the back of their jackets) and it was a formal presentation... they sure do love these monkies... perhaps my crops will do well this year since I was present for the cermony this year... ;) I think one of the coolest (literally - pun intended) things I watched were some monkies licking some of the huge ice sculptures that were made specially for the Monkey Party 2008)...

LONG LIVE THE MONKIES OF LOP BURI!!!!!!!!!!!!! BTW, I wanted to go to this in part because I figured this would be a neat enough event to be on National Geographic someday,... Guess what, Discovery Channel was getting footage right in front of me. If they pan to a bunch of the crowd sitting down and children's faces,... you might see my foot. :) If you would like to see fome footage of it, there are some youtube links, I am providing one, there may be better,... I am not sure:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-wfVgwl-3E



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