How To See Monkey Beach from Phuket and Phi Phi
The awesome Monkey beach Phi Phi is one of the best tours to do from Phi Phi and Phuket, Thailand. Not too far from Tonsai Bay, this amazing beach is easily accessible from Phi Phi Don and may tourists actually kayak there own way to the beach to see the monkeys. There are actually two locations with a similar name, Monkey beach and Monkey bay (which is around the corner of the limestone cliffs). We visited the awesome beach whilst doing a long-tail boat tour from Tonsai jetty, which we visited other amazing places like Maya Bay and and did the Pileh Lagoon snorkelling.
The Phi Phi islands in Thailand are one of the best exotic destinations in the world. It’s no wonder people travel from all over the world to experience the beauty of this place. You will understand when you visit Monkey beach island from Phuket, Phi Phi Don or even Krabi. A common question is where are there monkeys in Thailand? This is one of the best places to see them.
If you’re worried about random monkey beach attacks or getting a bite off the monkeys, I can assure you it’s pretty safe. You’ve just got to remember that the monkeys are wild. So you can never be 100% sure it’s safe. Just like a small bird may swoop at you if you go near its new-born, the monkeys may do the same!
Let’s have a look exactly what’s in this post;
- How to get to Monkey Beach
- Phuket to Monkey Island
- photos with the monkeys on Phi Phi
- Monkey beach Thailand tips
- Where to stay
- Final thoughts
How to get to monkey beach Phi Phi?
Monkey beach is easy to get to and you can get there in a 10-minute long-tail boat ride from Phi Phi Don. We visited this while doing a tour around Maya Bay and also visited Bamboo island. You can kayak your way across Monkey beach Phi Phi, but this would be tricky if the water is choppy. Also, peak-time in Phi Phi means there will be lots of boat tours circling the islands, so you want to avoid these water taxis.
I would 100% do the boat Phi Phi boat tour, you will absolutely the breathtaking views of Maya Bay!
If you do choose to do the boat tour to Monkey Island, then you will get around 20-minutes on the beach to feed the monkeys. Your caption will wait on the boat whilst you hop off.
If you enjoy seeing monkeys, you need to check out my Monkey Forest Ubud in Bali post.
Check out the Monkey beach Phi Phi map below for the exact location:
Monkey island Phuket tour
If you’re staying in Phuket, you can do the Phuket to Monkey beach speedboat tour. This is an epic way to see this amazing beach. Also, you will be taken to other popular islands and beaches around the Phi Phi island.
You will see places such as the famous Monkey island Phuket, Nui Bay and the stunning Pileh Lagoon (one of my favourite places in the whole world) on you speedboat tour from Phuket.
You will have the opportunity to do snorkelling near Monkey beach and other dive locations near the Phi Phi islands district.
How much is the speedboat tour from Phuket to Monkey beach?
This tour will cost you around 700 Baht ($25). This included;
- Pick up from your accommodation in Phuket
- Food and lunch
- Snorkelling gear
- Drop off back to your accommodation
You can book tickets here
Experience and photos with the monkeys on Phi Phi
When you arrive to the beach, you will for sure see a monkey straight away, so don’t worry about not being able to see on.
The bay is only small, this is why it does sometimes it seems crowded from the tourists rushing on to see the monkeys.
When we visited the beach, it was really quite so it was awesome. This is why you should visit in the morning really if you can. This way the tour will be more enjoyable and memorable.
I have read online on other blogs that you can’t feed the monkeys, and to be fair they are wild monkeys so you shouldn’t really feed them.
I know people do feed them and take a quick photo whilst handing a monkey a banana. You may do this too. So, if this is the case, just please be careful. The last thing you want is a monkey biting you. Like I said the monkeys are wild, so just know your limits.
They’re really cool though and generally friendly. The reason they come down to Monkey beach to meet the tourists is obviously for the food that’s being offered.
Check out the YouTube video below for some cool videos of the monkeys, credit to the guys for filming:
You can book the best tour on Phi Phi individually here if you prefer;
- Book the speedboat: Phuket tours
Phi Phi monkey facts + tips
Here is a few things you should know about the monkeys, well you’re going to see them so you should know a few useful tips and facts;
- The monkeys are actually long-tailed Macaque monkeys.
- You got bananas? These macaques would love one of your bananas.
- The monkeys are actually known for being one of the cutest breeds of the monkey family. They make a great photo 🙂
- Macaque monkeys love playing, you will notice this.
- Don’t pressure them by getting to close. It’s their natural habitat, so we have just got to respect it.
Where to stay on Phi Phi island, Thailand
U-Rip Hotel Resort
I choose a Phi Phi resort called U-Rip after reading good reviews on booking.com. £27 for a double room with breakfast i couldn’t complain and the hotel didn’t disappoint me. Around 1k from the pier it easily accessible and close by the many bars and restaurants, yet still quite at night. Set right on the beach front you can’t ask for more.
The rooms are big, clean and modern with a complementary mini bar and a large balcony with seating to enjoy a glass of brandy whilst the sun goes down. The hotel even offers as type of infinity pool that looks out into the ocean, pretty cool if you ask me.
There is also a good atmosphere at this accommodation on Phi Phi. Everyone has a smile on their face and the U-Rip hotel staff are very friendly and are more than happy to help. There is also shops near by and some of Phi Phi’s best coffee shops. In addition, I would say this hotel on Phi Phi is perfect for backpackers, honeymooners and family holidays.
Book Value Room: U-Rip
Phi Phi Natural Resort
Laemthong beach is on the quieter north east side of Koh Phi Phi Don. This is a cool area for a relaxing. Therefore, I wouldn’t really visit here as a backpacker looking to rave the night away! Perfect for a 1 or 2 night stay on Phi Phi.
The Phi Phi Natural Resort does packages with transfers by boat from Phuket and it also includes a snorkelling tour. This accommodation on Phi Phi is perfect for those looking for a luxury stay on this top Thai island. On your second day, you can take a classic Thai long tail boat around the Phi Phi islands or to Ton Sai bay.
The sweet Phi Phi Natural Resort has luxurious cottages available that have a good sized separate bedrooms and private terraces. You will also have a nice view of the sea from Phi Phi’s Natural Resort. Furthermore, you will have your own private sandy beach on Phi Phi to relax one of the most exotic locations in Asia. There is also an open-air coffee shop that offers a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Thai and other European dishes. And of course there is an epic drinks menu.
If you are serious about this top accommodation on Phi Phi, then I would think about making your booking early. The Natural Resort on Phi Phi can get booked quick.
Book this amazing place where to to stay on Phi Phi: Phi Phi Natural Resort
Phi Phi island beach bungalows
One of the sweetest places to stay is the Phi Phi village beach resort. This is one of most iconic places to stay in Thailand. The amazing beach bungalows are stunning.
Book Room: Phi Phi island village beach resort.
The amazing Monkey Beach Phi Phi is one of the best beaches in Phi Phi to visit. And, yeah it’s worth making the visit from Phuket. I promise. Don’t worry about the monkey beach attacks, they’re very rare and you will be fine.
If you’re short on time you can do the speed boat tour from Phuket to this epic Phi Phi beach.
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