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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 at Ko Ling white sandy beaches.

Monkeys Island is situated south of Na Jomtien nestled between Bang Saray Port and the large popular Koh Khram Yai Island near Pattaya.

Known locally as Koh Ped, the tiny pistol-shaped restful destination also happens to be a permanent residence for Samae primates.

Visits to the rocky outcrop are only accessible by a boat and it should be noted that this relatively undiscovered destination 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 home in the island's low lying vegetation and thrive in huge numbers, especially along the southern and eastern shorelines of Koh Ped Monkey Island.

Feeding Frenzy at Island with Monkeys

Feeding Macaques at Monkey Island Pattaya ThailandBananas, 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 and 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. Nevertheless, you should feed the acrobatic little macaques with caution because they are not tame 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, along with the daily snorkeling tours in Pattaya, because of its proximity to Bangkok - the Thai capital.

While some relate this activity to the increase of macaque's population, the downside is a deficiency of natural food in the low season resulting in some periods of extreme hunger for these island monkeys.

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

Pattaya Monkey Island Tour Interesting Facts

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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