Monkey Magic and Majestic Elephants

MONKEYS

Thailand is home to many different species of primates but the most common monkey you’ll see when visiting is a macaques (pronounced “ma kak”), a small, grey or grey-brown animal that usually hangs out in trees or other foliage. The average Thai macaque is around two feet high and about 15 pounds but just because they are small it doesn’t mean they can’t harm you. In fact, macaques in Thailand can be very aggressive. According to a recent news report, about 600 people were treated after monkey attacks last year at Phi Phi island hospital alone. Authorities have even put up signs warning people to beware, but it doesn’t seem to stop incidents from happening

In Thailand they have been alternately seen as agricultural pests and sacred animals in some temples. Macaques live in social groups that contain three to twenty females, their offspring, and one or many males. The groups usually have fewer males than females.

Photo of a monkey on Phi Phi Island, Thailand

ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE IN THAILAND

Elephants have played an important part in Thailand’s history and today the Thai elephant (chang Thai,) remains as an enduring symbol of Thailand. In bygone eras they were used in warfare, but more recently elephants were used as a beast of burden, particularly in the logging industry. The elephant also has special spiritual significance with its association with Buddhist and Hindu beliefs.

There are many ways tourists can experience interaction with these majestic creatures. One of them is the Mae Taeng Tour.

Mae Taeng is a district in the Chiang Mai province. Here you can explore the quiet serenity of the lush green mountains and truly experience the real Thailand. This is a safe haven for elephants to live in their natural jungle habitat. 
Here you actually get to hang out with the elephants in the jungle! You’ll feed and shower them. You can even ride the elephants ‘bare-back.15% of the operators profits are given to support the citizens of the local community.

Photo of a Thai Elephant in Thailand