The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 15: Swimming with Monkeys

Join Thor and me as we get in the swim with playful monkeys at Our Jungle House, as your virtual Thailand vacation continues.

NOTE: “And now for something completely different.” Thor and I made our first trip to Asia — the beautiful country of Thailand.  We were lucky to squeak through the pandemic flight closures in January/February of 2020 as we returned from our three-week trip. Since more travel has now become a distant prospect, we hope you’ll take a virtual vacation with us in the following weeks. (This blog series started on June 13.)

On our last afternoon at our delightful treehouse, we had returned from a sweaty hike in the Khao Sok wilderness park and were ready for another cooling swim in the river that ran past Our Jungle House eco-lodge. Throwing on our suits, we headed for the river bank and the towering limestone cliff where the long-tailed macaques often sheltered in hollow niches.

We had seen some individuals climbing and munching on bamboo right beside our high deck, and made sure to keep our windows secured against the light-fingered rascals.

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The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 15: Swimming with Monkeys — 4 Comments

    • Thanks, Sherwood. They are so humanlike — or, as Thor comments, we are such primates — that it’s fascinating and somewhat disturbing. It really upset me to see that wounded female driven off, and her poor little baby darting back and forth in clear distress. But most of it was sheer fun!