Dusky Leaf monkeys ~ Thailand


Dusky leaf monkeys, also called spectacled langurs in the south of Thailand.

Dusky Leaf Monkeys, also known as Spectacled Langur Monkeys are gentle primates found in the south of Thailand.

We encountered some of these awesome wild monkeys on an interesting bike tour from Bangkok to Chumporn courtesy of Beyond Boundaries Travel (which I recommend). They were just sitting in the shade waiting for their primate cousins (that’d be us) to feed them.

Unlike the mischievous macaque monkeys who would just jump all over and start biting and stealing stuff, the langurs were politely sitting there, almost queuing and taking turns to get some snacks.

The adults are brown with white circles around the eyes (which is why they are called Spectacled Langur) and the babies are completly orange and adorably curious.

I managed to take this cute shot of the baby completely mesmerized by my camera with a nice bokeh in the background.

Quick Tips:

In all wildlife shots (as well as portraits), your main priority is to get your subject’s eyes in focus. Because when we look at a picture of an animal (or person) our eyes are automatically drawn to the eyes in the photo. If they’re soft, you can consider your shot ruined.


  • I love all your shots, Dan, but I REALLY love this one! You can almost see what that little monkey is thinking.

  • This might be one of my favorite shots I’ve seen here – it’s perfect in so many ways!

  • Wow! Great pic! I’m just watching it on my small travel notebook and I first saw the monkey in the back and thought… strange… not very clear. Then I scrolled down & saw the little one! Awesome!

  • Love this photo :)

  • I knew monkeys were cute, but this is gorgeous! <3

  • This is a stunning shot! I love how the shallow DOF really draws the viewer to those cute eyes. Did you use a 50mm 1.4 wide open for this shot?

    • Thanks a lot Samuel :)
      No it’s a 28-70mm lens f/2.8 (shot at 68mm).

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  • Rachel

    could you tell me where you saw the langur monkeys in thailand? Or if you heard of a location they tend to hang out? I’d love to see them :)

    • Hello Rachel,
      I don’t remember the exact location, as it was on a bike trail. But it’s not far south from Prachuap Khiri Khan in Thailand. There are a few national parks over there and they tend to hang out along some bike trails.
      Hope it helps!