Monkeys play an important part in Thai culture due to the Ramayana story. This story is based on the Indian Ramayakien. The monkey Hanuman and his army helped Rama to take his wife Sida back. She has been kidnapped by the demon.

The aid of Hanuman explains why monkeys are so worshipped in Thailand. Many monkeys can be seen in temples. They are not chased and sometimes fed by Thai people or monks.