While visiting Koh Phi Phi, we knew there was a chance to see some monkeys so we made plans to head to the obvious spot: Monkey Beach for some monkey watching.
We rented a kayak from Loh Dalum Bay and made our way to Monkey Beach fairly quickly. For 300 baht we were able to rent the kayak for 2 hours and that was plenty of time to make it there, snorkel around, and then make our way back. It is only about a 20-minute kayak trip to the beach so you have over an hour or so to check out the sights once you get there. The beach itself is very picturesque and the monkeys were abundant.
However, the monkeys weren’t the only monkeys around. The beach was super crowded and every time a tour left, another speedboat would bring more people ashore. (We wouldn’t recommend Thailand during Chinese New Year.) Also, we witnessed multiple people touching, feeding, and even trying to hold the monkeys, which obviously is not permitted. These are still wild animals and the shot regiment you have to get if bitten is no joke. Seems like a lot of people lack common sense these days and it was sad to see so many people not respecting the island. I’ll get off my soapbox and get on to the good stuff!
Do yourself a favor and buy a mask and snorkel, there is so much more to see below the surface, just look at our pictures! If I remember correctly you will be out about 400 baht for a mask and snorkel on the island. While you’re out shopping go ahead and buy a young coconut. Add rum, you’re on freaking Koh Phi Phi Island, need I say more? Back to snorkeling, the water is amazing anywhere around the island and Monkey Beach is no exception; bring a mask and snorkel. We snorkeled down the coast back towards Loh Dalum Bay and it was a great spot to see plenty of life under the sea.
As cute and cuddly as they may seem, keep an eye on them because they will steal your water and snack if you aren’t vigilant. Just ask us how we know… There was even a monkey eating someone’s fried rice out of the to-go container!
The 300 baht spent on renting the kayak was more than worth it for our Monkey Beach experience! We got some much needed time in the sun, saw some monkeys, snorkeled in crystal clear water, and came away with some great pictures and memories. If you want to still see some monkeys but don’t want to kayak, you can hike up to the viewpoint, then on to Top View where there was an abundance of monkeys in the morning.
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