Aram Taphiran from Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima Province has come out to warn tourists to beware of monkey thieves. Tourists that are planning to bring baggage for camping have to more aware than normal tourists.
The cold season is the high season for Khao Yai National Park and the monkeys know this. They know that tourists will be preparing food in the mornings, a big open buffet for the monkeys.
There are a lot of monkey families in the Park. Most of them will come out and go through your belongings, stealing an item or two depending on what they like. The problem with monkeys is, you can’t negotiate or tell them to not steal your items.
The monkeys don’t just aim for tourists’ belongings. Villagers in the area struggle daily losing their valuable belongings to the monkeys every day. Tourists are advised to never leave belongings out in the open, such as in front of the tents or in the back of the truck. The monkeys know how to open bags and they will take what they want, even if they don’t know how to use the goods.
Citizens and tourists planning to visit the Khao Yai National Park are advised to beware of monkeys at all times. The monkeys will come out and wait for victims by the road and alongside the walkways. Tourists that are planning to bring vehicles also have to be careful not to drive over the monkeys. Those driving trucks with belongings are recommended to cover the back and on top of the roofs because the monkeys will try to go through your vehicle.
For those who are planning to go camping, make sure to store your belongings securely. The monkeys will be watching as you carry your items to the tents. While you’re away the monkeys will come to fetch the goods. If you happen to find a monkey with your personal belongings it is advised to let the monkey go.
They will usually fight back or bite you. A cafe owner in the park stated that the monkeys are very active and they regularly break cups and bottles.
Source : ThaiResidents