just back from 8 weeks travelling around in Thailand.
I must mention the stray dogs for anyone who has a problem with them. They are everywhere, mainly (always) in the rural towns, and will almost always get excited if they see a "strange" face...ie european! (mine in particular) and they will bark/approach you etc.
I would imagine that anyone nervous of dogs would have a horrible time in this country, they are especially bad at nightime so please be aware.
Whilst there I also read an article in the Bangkok post about stray dogs KILLING people in a central park in mexico city,including a mother and her baby.
monkeys? avoid them at all costs, my sons friend was attacked simply for carrying a small bottle of water. He was bitten in the hand, 4 stitches and a rabies injection were needed which costs!
It amazes me that the travel guide books make light of both these topics with expressions such as "cheeky,mischievous etc".
they are wild and potentially dangerous - take care.