Where to see monkeys in Phuket?
Update: Monkeys are unpredictable and can be dangerous! Never feed them by hand. Accidents are not unusual and are not worth risking your holiday!
Phuket Monkey Hill is the best-known monkey playground on the island, a hill covered with immense red and white antennas in the back of Phuket Town. That hill may be easy to see but not as easy to reach: the road climbing to it is opposite the provincial hall, past the old Phuket prison. It’s not a big climb; most of it can be quickly done on a motorbike.
You can stop at a small Chinese shrine on the way up to Phuket Monkey Hill. It’s not very impressive, but everything should be interesting if you are new to Asia. Then continue further up, and you will need to park your bike and continue on foot for 1,7 km until the very top of the hill.
Once your bike is parked, start walking, and they are all here, all sitting in the middle of the road, waiting for tourists to bring them some fruits or anything edible.
Is Phuket Monkey Hill safe?
In typical situations, these are not aggressive monkeys if you follow some basic rules: don’t leave anything hanging out of your pockets or bags, especially cookies, or worse, your Vuitton bag (don’t laugh, I saw that). Babies are adorable, but if the mother feels their baby threatened, who knows how she would react? And don’t challenge that big hairy guy in the middle, he is the boss, and he’ll be happy to remind you. You can freely walk around and take all the photos you like. A zoom lens will give you some great and safe shots.
However, always be on your guard and try to read their body language. Everything went fine on the lower part of the road where hundreds of monkeys hang together. But at the very top, a big lonely monkey tried to attack my leg but ran away on the first kick.
Around noon, on most days, an old man might come in a pickup truck to distribute some fruits to the monkeys. He likes to play with the animals and is proud to show you a few tricks he taught them. I suspect he enjoys fame with tourists as much as he does feeding his little friends.
The top of Phuket Monkey Hill doesn’t offer fantastic views of Phuket, but here and there, you can still see some nice bird views between the bushes.
Another excellent point to see monkeys in their happy little life is even easier to find: drive to Koh Sirey, this not-so-well-known island on the east of Phuket Town. Before reaching the island, the municipality was kind enough to place a dozen cute little green signs on each side of the road. Parking is easy, and monkeys are all around. Enjoy!
Monkey Hill Photos
Phuket Monkey Hill Street View
Where is Monkey Hill?
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