We found some difficulty locating monkey hill on Google Maps until we used: “To Chae Alley, Phuket” This address gave us a location on Google Maps where the monkeys could be found. We arrived at the bottom of the alley, a narrow road barely wide enough for two cars with a paved sidewalk, late in the afternoon around 1600h.
We didn’t have to go far to find our first and only group of monkeys. About 100m up the road a small group of monkeys appeared. Several males and females with baby monkeys too. They seemed quite tame and not at all interested in us. Some tourists ahead of us gave them a few bananas but they didn’t seem too interested in those little treats either. It may have been the lateness of the day and they may have been earlier fed by other visitors but the only thing they wanted was water.
They were adept at unscrewing the lids and a few even tried to take the water bottles off our scooters! Luckily they retreated when growled at but it is always wise to back down from these semi-wild simians given their scary canines and inhuman strength. After watching this small group for a while we proceeded up the road in attempt to find more but were disappointed to only see them far away in the jungle canopy resting in their troop.
We followed To Chae Alley to its end and basically it is just a long road with a small local restaurant half way up and just below the top of the hill a very nice view point. If you follow the road to the very top of the hill there is a bunch of TV and radio broadcast towers. A word of caution, if you don't have a motorbike or a car, then it will be very tiring to get there to the top.
We were disappointed that we didn't see more monkeys but that was probably due to the time of day and would recommend that the best time would be mid-morning. Despite this I would still like to re-visit Monkey Hill in the future.
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