Monkey Beach: The Primates Are Just Waiting For You
March 17, 2016
Monkey beach is located at Northwest of Loh Dalam Bay, the hidden cove of Ao Ling.
Monkey Beach is a great place to observe local wildlife, the first attraction here are its monkeys. Every day several speed boats stop here, landing dozens of tourists, who go there to feed the monkeys and after that they leave for the next stop. When I was there the monkeys were waiting patiently and they were not afraid of the people and of the sea, and were swimming into the water to get their precious bananas.
You can easily find baby monkeys as well in Monkey Beach, for the joy of the tourists. They are usually accompanied by their mums, so be careful, as they might become aggressive when seeing humans playing with their offspring. You should know that feeding wildlife is usually forbidden, so only feed the monkeys with bananas or some fruits, and do not give them any kind of drink. Did I forget something important? Oh yes, its powdery white sand makes this beach one of the most beautiful in the area. So hurry up, the monkeys are just waiting for you.
How to get there, best time and cost
From Phi Phi Island you can get to Monkey Beach either by yourself or by tour (the last option is more expensive but is included in an amazing day tour with other stunning places). I had a great time in this tour. They brought me also to Maya Bay, Samah Bay, Pileh Cove, Viking Cave, Bamboo Island, Shark point, Mosquito Island, incredible destinations.
I paid about 800 Bath for the entire day with lunch included. Another option is to take a water taxi, the bay can be easily reached by long tail boat in few minutes. Even better is to rent a kayak on Loh Dalam Bay and reach Monkey beach paddling, is not that far. The best time to go there is from November to April, I went there in November.
- Please don’t feed the monkeys, they can be really aggressive!
- Stay far away from the dominant male and the monkeys with the babies, could be dangerous.
- The beach is white and really beautiful but too much rubbish left by tourists.
- My last tip: Don’t get stuck with the thing that ruins your day, life is too short to be wasted in your crap. Smile and be positive because there are so many beautiful reasons to be happy, one of those is travelling.
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It’s awful to hear that tourists leave everything on the beach and make it dirty! Don’t know when people will have the civic sense to save natural beauty!
It’s such a shame that tourist leave their rubbish, why can’t people behave respectfully?! However I’d love to see the monkeys (respecting the safety rules of course)
The monkeys are soooo cute! And they also look very cheeky! I’ve seen many snow monkeys but never beach monkeys. Really enjoyed reading this post and your tips on the way to get there were really great and helpful. Hopefully no tourists have lost any belongings from these cheeky things!
When we visited monkey beach, the driver wouldn’t let us leave the boat. I was sad because I would’ve loved to get more up close and personal with these cuties!
I am not too sure of this beach. Am a little wary of these creatures as they just grab things from you . I love the beach pics but with monkeys…no thank you!
The monkeys there look like they’ve got some personality. They probably so used to seeing humans that they just go about their regular routine…and probably occasionally try to nab the random camera 🙂
From our Monkey Beach to yours 😉 I eagerly clicked the link to check whether Monkey Beach worth visiting. Boo, wrong location! I was hoping for Penang’s one. Monkeys do look identical, though. We met these little (and not so little too) buggers yesterday in the Botanical Garden. For a short period of time, they played cutely, I guess expecting some treat. Realizing that we had nothing to offer, they returned to their own business and let us witness a rowdy performance when a patriarch (i.e. the biggest one) suddenly attacked a smaller monkey making it run away in fear.
BTW, love your last tip. A smile goes a long way. Cheers!
I interracted with monkeys in Jaipur, Maharashtra beaches, Bali and Kathmandu and there wasn’t a moment when I liked them. I found them dangerous so my tip would be like yours. Do not feed them.
Tourists should observe and respects the island and not leaving their rubbish around. This island should be more protected especially the monkeys.
I went to a monkey park in Bali and I had a similar experience, so I was glad to read about your encounter with the monkeys!
Monkey beach! Always wanted to go to a place like this but there is a part of me that doesn’t like that these animal are so close to us. In my head see them picking up our rubbish and eating it which is not cool to think of.
Hermoso, simplemente hermoso
Tailandia posee una cultura rica y paisajes unicos, que se han mantenido con el tiempo.
Monkey beach, es simplemente bello,
Es increible pensar que nosotros las personas somos los invasores en una playa habitada por monos, en donde ellos nos esperan y nos reciven en nuestras visitas. Si bien hay que tomar algunas precauciones. Ellos pueden ser un poco agresivos. Ojalá no alimentarlos , pero para ellos ya es una costumbre insraurada por nosotros mismos, ya que los turistas son los que los alimentan, creando asi una costumbre para ellos los
Monkey beach simplemente una maravilla