>> One of Thailand's most bizarre festivals, but this year with a twist. I'm Amy Sawitta Lefevre reporting from Thailand's Lopburi Province, also known as Monkey Province, where the annual Monkey Buffet Festival is taking place again. This year it's a little bit more toned down as Thais grieve for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who reigned in Thailand for seven decades.
Organizers here today said that the festival will be a little bit smaller as well. But the difference is here is that there'll be a monkey party bus, or party buffet, with three vans going around the city feeding the monkeys. And as you can see behind me, this is the Three Pagodas, very famous in Lopburi province.
And this is where the monkey buffet takes place. Thousands of monkeys live in Lopburi province. And the tale goes that this city, this province, Lopburi, was founded by Hanuman from the epic Ramayana. Today, organizers said that around 2,000 monkeys have been fed here in Lopburi as part of the annual festival and they expect many, many tourists to come from around Thailand and also from overseas.