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Monkey Hill, Phuket Town

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
Meet the macaques at Monkey Hill, one of the tallest hills in town. Shortly after you start walking up the hill, you will meet group of monkeys looking for food. Feel free to hand them fruit, but if you want to keep snacks to yourself, be sure to keep your food hidden in your pockets or bags. Climb to the viewpoint and watch for fantastic sights of the city, however, keep in mind that the road closes to traffic at 5:00 p.m.; after that time you can only walk up to see the sunset. Use our Phuket Town tour planner to arrange your visit to Monkey Hill and other attractions in Phuket Town.
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  • The access is free of charge. You can go up by car or motorbike. However, the road is very narrow, it meet one of many pedestrians, joggers, street dogs and monkeys. It is worth to run (even if it is really exhausting at 30 C). You get local sounds therefore ;) of the monkeys. At the observation deck, as well as on the way then wait many, small but also large monkey. You should not feed them (according to the directions). We had the peanuts. However, we have put them on the ground. The monkeys are then very penetrative and follow one. Here you must watch also on bags, etc.
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  • Hiking climbing to the top of the Hill takes quite a lot of time and requires some force, as the ascent is quite steep. On the way to the top at some point begin to meet monkey, and accompany you to the top. Monkeys are harmless, as long as you do not feed them or they are not interested in, otherwise they may be interested in you. Hide all closed pockets! At the top of the Hill-the observation deck with good views.
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  • Worth a trip. Friendly monkeys. Love their food! Great views. Guys there sell food that you can buy to feed the monkeys. They take the food from your hand, some of them jump all over you! The babies a...  read more »
  • Such cute little monkeys! Went here early early afternoon like around 12-1ish. Stayed for hours. Didn't bother buying the food from any vendors because there's literally free food near the top where the monkeys hang out. You'll know you're there when you see a bunch of monkeys hanging out in the middle of the road. Girlfriend and I came up by scooter and went slowly around the monkeys as to not make any noise because everyone who first drives up gets a swarm of monkeys. To be safe do not pull out plastic bags or be careful with any sudden movements of your backpack. The monkeys will surround you and stare assuming you have food or something they can eat. If you're nice and slow they'll get bored and go away. It was really such a nice experience though to be so close up to them and see them run around! As mentioned before about the bags, they knew some young teen boy had a bag in shorts and one monkey came from behind, climbed up his clothes and lifted his shirt and tried to steal the bag hahaha! Anyways it should be safe if you follow the food rule and don't make any sudden movements. These guys are jumpy and cautious but will be fine if you move slowly and have a bucnh of food of course haha. They'll even sit near you or climb your lap for more if you follow the earlier mentioned steps! Last tip is not to come after 3. Don't know if something happens or goes down at that time but close to 4 all the monkeys ran away and there was literally none in sight but stray dogs. Very important if you really plan on seeing monkeys.
  • This was a good visit as we had good weather and saw several monkeys. If you are in the area it is worth a visit and even a good walk if you are up for some exercise.
  • A good place to see lots of monkeys in a relatively quiet setting, but disappointing to see people feeding them junk like soft drinks. Can also be quite scary at times, with so many monkeys around, all aggressively trying to seek out food from people.
  • Pros: - @ 35 minutes from Patong - easy to get to any where in Phuket - free : everything in Thailand has a price, but this is free - you can take car ... Scooter.. Bicycle ... Park at entrance and walk up to monkeys ... Or you can drive up to top - signs say don't feed but monkeys obviously they get food since monkeys come to you looking for handouts - place for lunch and drinks and bathroom -quiet/jungle atmosphere Cons: - ethics of feeding wild animals: questionable - Thai there take advantage of tourists at tracked to monkeys and sell snacks to feed monkeys... Questionable ethics of feeding wild animal - monkeys (especially the larger males) get aggressive when food is around... Monkey bites are a possibility
  • Best free activity in Phuket. You can buy peanuts at the top to feed the monkeys. As soon as I opened the packet of peanuts at least 30 monkeys appeared from the trees to eat them! Definitely visit Monkey Hill if your in the area.
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