Monkey Beach Phi Phi island is one of the best ways to see wild monkeys on the Phi Phi islands.
The Phi Phi islands offer countless boat tours that you can take to see the wild animals.
I can’t remember the name tour that I went on, but I highly recommend taking a Phi Phi island tour if you are able to! Sometimes you can find tours that are around USD 50 for the whole day.
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If you are not able to get to the Phi Phi islands during your trip, you can find a day tour that leaves from Phuket.
I would think that most, if not all, of the day tours, stop at Monkey Beach Phi Phi island because of how famous it is. The tours usually provide you with lunch and snorkeling equipment.
There are numerous tours and you can choose the tour that goes to all of your desired spots. Some tours go to Maya Bay, and some go to other beaches along the coast.
Things you should bring:
- Waterproof phone/camera case (I brought my GoPro)
- Bathing suit (or you can wear it)
I recommend Supergoop It is safe for the ocean and great for your skin! Check it out on Amazon.
There are two spots that you can check out to see the Phi Phi island monkeys:
There is one spot on the northern end of the island and one on the southern coast. Most of the tours go to the beach along the southern part of the island.
How to Get to Monkey Beach Phi Phi Island
To travel to Monkey Beach Thailand, can rent a kayak or choose a tour.
The longtail boats will usually meet you at a designated spot along Loh Dalum Beach, to pick you up and take you on an all-day tour. However, there are heaps of beaches on the islands so just double-check!
The tour that I went on had a few different stops.
The Tour Stops
You can jump into the crystal clear ocean and swim around for a bit. You will be surrounded by other tour boats and sometimes you’ll be able to see the monkeys swimming.
As soon as the monkeys see the tour boats on Monkey Island, they jump off the rocks and into the ocean.
It is important to note that although the tour guides will give you food to feed the monkeys (usually it will be bananas) it is not good for them. I wish I had known before I gave the monkeys bananas. I learned later on that it is not healthy for them because it is not what they usually eat in the wild. Please do some research before doing excursions.
Viking Cave is another stop on the tour. At the time, there was construction going on but seeing the outside was still pretty cool.
Phi Phi Island Snorkeling
Snorkeling in Phi Lee Lagoon was another extraordinary stop on our tour. You must try it!!
The fish will surround you as you snorkel- it is incredible.
After snorkeling, we went to Koh Phi Phi Lee.
Koh Phi Phi Lee is south of Koh Phi Phi Don. If you have ever seen pictures of the Phi Phi islands, you will recognize this place.
The views made up for it; they were impeccable. It is truly the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I mean, look at it:
The Koh Phi Phi Lee water is relaxing and the temperature is just right.
For the next stop on my tour, it was interrupted because our boat ran out of gas LOL.
Our group was just hanging out in the middle of the ocean for about an hour.
Along came another longtail boat that rescued us and we also got a new tour guide.
If this happens to you, don’t be shocked. Thailand is incredibly relaxed and they say mai pen rai all of the time. It means no worries. I actually have a tattoo that says that LOL.
Since there was a diversion in our travels, the last stop was even more exhilarating.
Monkey Beach Koh Phi Phi was the BEST part of the tour.
When you pull up to the beach, some of the monkeys will be swimming and others will jump right onto the boat.
Most tour guides will let you stay at the beach for about an hour. Some will give you food to feed the monkeys.
One thing to keep in mind: they are wild animals! They can (and might) bite. They have taken people’s belongings before so hold onto your phones tightly. They like shiny objects, so just keep that in mind when you get to the beach.
Since the monkeys on Monkey Beach Phi Phi island are visited by tourists constantly, it is important to note that if you feed them, you must be careful. They will take anything that they can get their hands on. I guess in a way the monkeys have been domesticated because of the constant visitors so if you have food, they will take it. And I wouldn’t play around with them because they are still wild animals.
However, they are also extremely adorable.
Monkey Beach Thailand Attack
If you are bitten by one of the monkeys on the Monkey Beach Phi Phi island, you can just head to the nearest medical clinic and they will help you and give you the shots that you need.
Thailand is incredibly cheap and it will probably be less than USD 100 at the clinic. You will definitely not be the first case that they’ve seen. While living in Thailand, I knew a few people that got bitten by monkeys and they turned out just fine.
The tour will usually end just before sunset. They will drop you off at the dock and you will be thrilled that you got to check another item off of your bucket list.
The restaurant options are limitless on the island.
I would like to point out that it is not recommended that you drink tap water in Thailand. Therefore, you should be careful drinking drinks with ice and also consuming food that has been washed in the tap water. I did get a stomachache a few times after eating salads or veggies washed in the tap.
Monkey Beach Phi Phi island had to have been one of my top favorite days in the delightful country. After seeing the Phi Phi Viewpoints and then these cutie monkeys, I highly advise you to stay on the Phi Phi islands for at least 3 days!
If you love monkeys, Monkey Beach Phi Phi Island should be on your list!