If you’re planning to spend a few days in Prachuap Khiri Khan, here’s one thing you shouldn’t miss : the langur preservation area located in Wing 5, the Prachuap Air Force base. But let’s start from the beginning: here’s what Wildlife Thailand says about langurs :
“Arguably, Thailand’s cutest primate, the Dusky Langur – also known as the dusky leaf monkey, spectacled langur, or spectacled leaf monkey. Trachypithecus obscurus is a species of primate in the Cercopithecidae family.”
I must say i totally suscribe to that point of vue: Langurs are the cutest monkeys i’ve ever met.
Langurs can only be found in Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia, they are considered as a near threatened species, which means its population has been decreasing for quite a while. It is a protected animal, under Thai Wildlife Protection, and that’s the reason why Wing 5 preservation area has been created a few years ago.
Wing 5’s Langurs are very popular with tourists and they receive daily visits from people who come to look at them, feed them and take nice pictures. Because of that, they are used to deal with humans and you can really get close to them (actually they will come close to you). So if you wish to impress your friend by showing a picture of you with a monkey on your back, this is the place to go.
If you wish to pay a visit to these friendly creatures, then you should know that you can see them inside the Wing 5 military base, at the foot of Khao Lommuak hill (see the map at the bottom of this post). Avoid week-ends and Thai holidays if you want a more “intimate” atmosphere during your meeting with the langurs.
One more advice : Langurs are apparently not very keen on eating bananas, so if you wish to feed them, boiled peanuts seem to be a much better choice. Some of them will come to take food from your hand. Don’t be scared: they behave in the most gentle way (unlike the macaques you will encounter around Khao Chong Krachok)
And here are a few pics of “Thailand’s cutest primate”: