When my partner and I were staying on Phi Phi, we booked a trip to Maya Bay..... you know, the secluded little beach on a (almost) deserted island that was made famous by the film The Beach? Well, I was so excited about this little boat trip (until the good old travellers bug set in mid sail🤢 but that’s a story for another time) as it included other activities and pit stops, like Monkey Beach. 🐒 I was sooooo excited to see monkeys in the wild.... but when we got there I felt that change to disappointment, sadness and a little anger. Monkey beach is TINY, and when we arrived, so did many other long boats, day cruises and party boats. So many people flocked to the nearest Monkey to take pictures, crowding them and feeding them ALCOHOL! These monkeys had had so much interaction with humans that they weren’t phased by all the attention..... that’s what made it sad.
My partner and I took a step back from the crowds and allowed the monkeys to come to us, rather than crowd them. We noticed a monkey trying to get into a sandwich bag that he’d stolen from a tourist (cheeky)..... we were all told before we got on that beach to leave all food and drink behind as they would steal them from us, but people are stupid🤦🏻♀️ and don’t listen 🙃🤷🏻♀️ Upon further exploration onto monkey beach, we saw a mountain of plastic. That plastic is only capable of getting there by humans. WAKE UP SHEEPLES!!! Why do you feel the need to take food and drink in shitty plastic onto a beach full of a different species that are fully capable of surviving in the wild on plants?
I went to Monkey Beach thinking it would be quiet and we would see these beautiful babies in their natural habitat..... instead it was crowded and flooded with man made mess.
If you do choose to visit Maya Bay via Monkey Beach, then PLEASE leave your food and drink on the boat. Please do not crowd, allow them to come to you. It’s a much nicer experience, and makes you feel like they trust you💕