Monkey Hill, Phuket
Monkey Hill, Phuket - Address
Address: Ratsada, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
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About Monkey Hill, Phuket
North of Phuket Town is the city’s highest hill, and its name is to be taken literally. Populated by thousands of macaques that are all now used to entertaining and harassing tourists for treats, the hill has nevertheless managed to remain on of the most popular recreational areas around. At the bottom of the hill you’ll see three shrines where people pray for success at the lottery. There’s a park halfway up. And though there is a viewpoint on top, the occasional views on the way up are better. The only time the top is better is during sunset. The hill is quite a steep climb if you are walking. Check out of the Green Forest restaurant which has opened up close to the bottom of the hill.
Monkey Hill Information
- The hill is quite steep.
Monkey Hill Opening and Closing Hours
- The road up to the top is closed to traffic after 5 pm.
How To reach Monkey Hill by Public Transport
- Drive or take a taxi/tuk-tuk to Phuket Court in Phuket Town and walk up the hill from there.
- Drive up the hill.
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Monkey Hill, Phuket Reviews
We walked all the way from the town. It's not to hard, but still most tourists would use a taxi service or a rented car. The walk up there is awesome, as well as the view you get to see once you reach the top. A lot of dogs are there as well. The monkeys are really interested in people, probably because most of them bring a lot of bananas and nuts along. However, most tourists are up there to get a "fun" picture, meaning that they wouldn't leave the monkeys alone. I, for one, was just sitting there watching the monkeys doing there thing. At some point they got curious about me, just sitting around and actually climbed up my shoulder and head. While one was trying to cleanse me, the other one bit me in the shoulder. It was really more of a playful bite. Though, mind you to react in a proper way, as the alpha monkey is quite protective when it comes to its fellow monkeys being touched. Overall it's an interesting experience. I'd recommend going there early in the morning, as there are less people.
15 min walk up a relatively steep hill, you can buy bananas, apples and peanuts for yourself or more likely monkeys. Bottom of the hills has a lot of dogs but they don't bother people. They do go absolutely berserk if someone brings their own dogs there. Towards top of the hill it's swarming with monkeys but be careful on the approach as some of the bigger male monkey's ambush people from the bushes bit lower when they are not alert.. 2 big guys in front of me lost their entire bag of fruit by just 1 large monkey, can easily lose entire backpack, they are fearless.
Great place to visit. Good views and lots of monkeys. They are pretty well fed so they are a lot more friendly as far as monkeys in Thailand go but will still try take all your food so keep your belongings close. I took some peanuts up for them was fun.
Cool for seeing monkeys. Don't buy the chips sold at the bottom of the mountain, the monkeys don't like them that much. Bring nuts or fruit. Make sure any valuables are safely tucked away.
A 2 km hike to the top. Many shy dogs and bold monkeys. Some nice views of the city. A decent place to visit but certainly not life changing.