Dusky leaf monkey – I thought it was an alien!
There are lots of sightseeing spots that have a large number of monkeys in Thailand. So I often get opportunities to take pictures of them. I don’t particularly like to do that, though. I take pictures of monkeys only because they are there. It’s never my intention to take pictures of them. That is waste of time. Therefore, when I went to Prachuap Khiri Khan, I didn’t go there to see them even though everybody said that this town is famous for its monkeys.
However, I saw the crowds under a tree on the way to Manao beach, and they were looking up the tree. I asked the driver what they were looking at. He replied they are looking at monkeys. He also said that I should go see them too. So I went to see them while thinking that actually, I don’t want to see any monkeys.
Generally, monkeys are called “lin” in Thai. I think the driver also called it “lin”. So I thought that there were ordinary monkeys on the tree, but they were a bit different. Those monkeys are Dusky Leaf Monkey. They called “Khaang Wen” in Thai. “Khaang” means leaf monkey, and “Wen” means glasses. Their kind is more close to the gibbon (“chanii” in Thai) rather than monkeys. Especially, their babies have remarkable gold fur, but that color will fade at about 3 months old.
In a nutshell, they were not ordinary monkeys. If the driver hadn’t encouraged me, I might have missed an opportunity to see them. I was really lucky. When I first saw them , I thought that the baby was an alien, though.
This map is pointing the rough position. I can’t exactly tell where I took those pictures. I’m very sorry.