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Monkey Island Pattaya Thailand

Pattaya Monkey Island tour is a hidden gem where you can feed and swim with native Samae monkeys. All the monkeying around takes place on the white sandy beaches at Koh Ling.

How to get to Monkey Island Pattaya

Monkeys Island is south of Na Jomtien. It nestles between the port at Bang Saray and the large island of Koh Khram Yai near Pattaya.

The local villagers call the tiny pistol-shaped island Koh Ped. But, this restful destination also happens to be a permanent residence for Samae primates.

Visits to the rocky outcrop are only accessible by boat. This is a ‘relatively’ undiscovered destination. Thus, it is not one of the best spots for snorkeling in the Gulf of Thailand.

Thousands of these friendly, yet cheeky, wild primates have made their homes in the island’s low lying vegetation. They thrive in huge numbers, especially along the southern and eastern shorelines of Koh Ped Monkey Island.

Feeding Frenzy at Island with Monkeys

Bananas, nuts, and watermelon is their favorite food. They use stone tools to smash open shelled nuts and some bivalves. They will swim below the water to grab a free meal from fallen fruit. They will even hunt for typical Pattaya marine life – such as sea snails.

Watch out – Samae monkeys are also good swimmers – which is partly why their main diet includes oysters and crabs.

Visitors traveling from Pattaya to Monkey Island tour will be amused and amazed at the greetings you get from the native primate ‘Thai Ling Samae‘.

They wait impatiently at the beach for tourists to supply them with tasty snacks. Still, you should feed the acrobatic little macaques with caution. They are not tame monkeys and they will jump all over you if they see anything edible.

As Pattaya tourism increases each year, so does the number of visitors to Monkey Island Thailand. It has become one of the top destinations for families. It matches the daily snorkeling tours in Pattaya, because of its proximity to Bangkok – the Thai capital.

Some tourists relate the feeding frenzies as activities that increase the macaque population. But, the downside is a deficiency of natural food in the low season. This results in some periods of extreme hunger for these island monkeys.

We understand that the Royal Thai Navy operates food aid projects during the quiet months each year. This helps to address the problem. You may argue that feeding wild monkeys is not responsible tourism. Even so, these wild primates now rely on tourism and government food aid projects for their survival.

Pattaya Monkey Island Tour Interesting Facts

  • An aerial map of Monkey Island Pattaya shows how near Koh Ling is to the Bang Saray Coastline.
  • In Thailand Ling means monkey and Samae is a type of crab.
  • The long-tailed macaque’s scientific name is Macaca fascicularis. They live around four years in the wild (30+ in captivity).
  • Thai authorities once considered a monkey cull to reduce numbers. But, a food aid program got initiated in April 2010 instead.
  • Males are larger and heavier than females (weighing around 8 kg). Their tail is longer than their body (typically 50 cm long).
  • Scientific reports suggest Samae monkeys actually perform grooming duties in exchange for sex.
  • Can primates swim? Well, these little monkeys often swim out to join you as you disembark the boat.
  • There is a Buddhist shrine guarded by a stone mermaid on Koh Ling Monkey Island Thailand.

Note: Responsible tourists are advised to feed natural food sources to the animals such as fruit, nuts, seeds, and water. It is also appropriate to mention that leaving rubbish, especially plastic garbage on the beach, is not healthy for creatures living in a tropical environment. Click for Monkey Island Tour Price.

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