Monkeys live freely in the jungles and on beaches, but they can also be found in towns, temples and parks. I recently visited Khao Yoi Cave in Cha-Am, which is not too far from Hua Hin, just a little bit down the southern Thai peninsula. The area outside the cave is full of monkeys. While I was there the locals were feeding them corn, keeping them happily living there I am sure. I thought I would share some of the photos I took of them here. Please let me know what you think of these crazy clever little animals.
Thailand's love of the monkey is probably best illustrated by the epic tale of the Ramakien. The Ramakien is a myth of genuinely historic proportions, but the main story concerns Prince Rama and his search for his beloved wife, Princess Sita, who has been kidnapped by an evil ten-headed demon called Ravana. Throughout the story our hero is aided by monkeys and most notably the magical white-faced monkey-general Hanuman and his army. With Hanuman's help Prince Rama successfully defeats Ravana and rescues Princess Sita. The Ramakien portrays the monkey as being helpful, clever and brave and this may explain why their image adorns temples, paintings, carvings, ceremonial barges and even helps to support traffic signals.