This is something right out of a bad movie, and it makes me thankful that we don’t have these types of problems stateside.
According to reports, the town of Lopburi, Thailand is at risk of becoming an abandoned ghost town due to an invasion of roughly 3,500 monkeys—that’s right.
The monkeys harass tourists, engage in property damage, and have forced businesses to shut down in the town.
Lopburi is considered a thriving trade and tourism hub, but now Chinese investors say they won’t take any more financial risk there until the monkey problem is solved.
To complicate matters further, the monkeys are part of the town’s heritage and are a selling point for foreign tourists, despite the ongoing harassment from the monkeys.
Several videos have been posted about the ongoing monkey problem, yet no solutions have been put forward as a remedy for the issue; take a look:
🇹🇭TOWN OVERRUN BY MONKEYS
3,500 monkeys have taken over a town in Thailand, shutting down businesses and sending tourists fleeing.
And you thought you had problems…
Source: Daily Mail pic.twitter.com/EpePHGb909
— Mario Nawfal (@MarioNawfal) February 2, 2024
Daily Mail had the scoop:
They also damaged store fronts, forcing owners to shell out for repair works and hastening their exit from there.
The mischievous monkeys have become such a problem that the local shopping centre was put up for sale two years ago but the mall is still on the market and its price tag has been slashed.
This isn’t the first time the town has been taken over by monkeys either, Lopburi seems to have a serious problem with hordes of monkeys rummaging through the town.
Thousands of hungry monkeys storm the town center in Lopburi, Thailand because the tourists that usually fed them fled due to Covid-19.
Its just a matter of time before they realise that just about 4 of them can take down a full grown man.
Source: Reddit pic.twitter.com/PbbG7Iwn2U
— 🐵🇵🇸 (@zahinsays) March 13, 2020
A large troop of wild #Monkeys scatter + flee in fright as #Fireworks begin, taking refuge at a corner shop during the winter carnival in #Lopburi, central #Thailand🇹🇭#Video Credit: #ChalitaYinyom➖🚫#BanFireworks🚫
Chalita said: "It was chaos… many were almost hit by cars." pic.twitter.com/4nVCFG2qCt
— Warriors4Wildlife_Int™ 🌐Ⓥ🐾 (@W4W_Int) January 23, 2020
VIDEO: Humans try to take back Thai city from monkeys
Residents barricaded indoors, rival gang fights and no-go zones for humans. Welcome to Lopburi, an ancient Thai city overrun by monkeys super-charged on junk food, whose population is growing out of control pic.twitter.com/y8YJZMnlKH
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) June 25, 2020
The New York Post explained:
The Lopburi Chamber of Commerce has said the city center, once a major business district, is now deserted and falling apart, Khaosod reported.
The organization has blamed that the city’s construction laws, which limit the height of buildings and preserve its history, are adding to the monkey problem.