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Travel Snapshot: Krabi Monkeys are Underwear Thieves!

July 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM | by | ()

Aw, the little wild monkeys are so cute, aren't they? Totally... until they rob you blind.

We're in the south of Thailand exploring a growing beach destination called Krabi, located two hours east of Phuket but very similar, albeit currently smaller, in its approach to tourism. Besides the beach culture, the main appeals of the area are the protected national parks and easily-reached islands, such as Phi Phi and Ko Lanta Yai (both are also accessible from Phuket).

Because the jungle surrounds the town and the hotels, monkeys often roam the grounds in packs in search of food whatever they can get their sneaky little hands on. We made the mistake of leaving some things unattended on the balcony for a few minutes, and returned to find we had been ambushed.

As you can see in the top photo, one monkey is enjoying our dragonfruit and a beautiful view on the railing. The other's bounty was less fruitful. He was clinging to our underwear, as if holding it for ransom. Behind the safety of our sliding door, we had a good laugh, and enjoyed the up close look at the mother and her baby below. If there was any doubt about all the warnings the hotel gave about the monkeys and their kleptomaniac tendencies, this incident is case and point. Looks like even dirty underwear isn't safe. Ha. Have fun with that, momma.

[Photos: Will McGough]

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