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Monkey Hill, Phuket Town

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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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  • Arrived at sunset. While rose was already dark and scary)) so I advise you all to come in advance-because even walking up the Hill for about 1 km to go ...
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  • Being very aware of Thailand's less than ethical animal tourism at times (elephant rides by beaten and broken elephants, photos with a tiger that's drugged up to its eyeballs etc), Monkey Hill is a ge...  more »
  • It's completely free. At the entrance to the hill we sell you bananas or peanuts and other treats for the monkeys. So you can attract them. I advise you to keep your treats tidy in order to benefit everyone if one of them you tear the whole loot and jealously keep his tribe. You can take pictures but be careful, my cell phone and my glasses almost go. Monkeys have a very funny and unexpected behavior. We're having a nice time with them. Stay close to your more young people. A monkey to tried to taste me. I cried laughing, but a child would be traumatized.
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  • DO NOT WEAR EARRINGS! My girlfriend had on some silver studs and one of the monkeys jumped on her and tried to bite it off. We didnt realise what prompted the monkey to attack as we weren't feeding them and keeping our distance but a friend later told us that you can never wear earrings on monkey hill as many people have had their earrings teared out. Otherwise, we drove up on a motorbike and found a crowd of around 100 monkeys by the viewpoint - very cool!
  • 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.
  • If you take your eyes of them they jump on you to grab the food, other than that happy monkeys everywhere :)
  • 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.