How To See Monkey Beach from Phuket and Phi Phi
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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 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 and check out the lush hotels on Phi Phi. 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!
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.
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 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 at the Monkey beach Phi Phi, 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.
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.
Why don’t you check out my Bamboo Island and Phi Phi stay post.
If you’re travelling around Thailand or looking to backpacking around this amazing country. Then, check out my £3 Ebook that is filled with the very best places to visit in Thailand. And, Thailand travel hacks, there’s also some awesome Thailand photography inspiration;
You can also stay at the Ibiza House Phi Phi!
2 thoughts on “Must See Monkey Beach Phi Phi – Thailand”
Nice photos mate. Done it again a few months ago, still amazing. Let’s hope they just do a better job at keeping the pollution low, it’s getting worst and worst every time I go there. Anyway thanks for sharing, love your blog
Cheers buddy. It’s amazing, I completely agree with you about the rubbish. I can’t understand why people pay to see these amazing places and then disrespect them by throwing their rubbish about. Hope you’re having some epic travels.