Whilst staying on Kho Phi Phi I decided to rent a kayak and head over to the nearby beach aptly named Monkey Beach. It was truly beautiful, crystal clear waters, soft powder white sand and monkeys roaming freely around the shore…However surrounding the monkeys were a gaggle of tourists who were not only observing, but feeding the monkeys and not feeding them bananas but Pringles, Coke and even Chang Beer. I’m not going to lie, watching a monkey drink a pint of beer and then immediately stroll up to another monkey and hit it in the face is on some level highly amusing, however probably unethical. Some of these monkeys were drunk and all of them were definitely enraged, I approached one with a banana but it looked at me as though it wanted to rip my limbs from me, so I just threw a banana at it and ran.
The people here are insane and had abandoned all logic, these are wild animals and are only interested in the food we are giving them THEY WILL ATTACK…this is clearly signposted everywhere and yet I see a French lady giving a packet of crisps to her three year old daughter and sending her into the pack of wild monkeys, not even looking slightly concerned just merely giggling when the child teases the monkeys with them. Luckily the child was spared when one monkey snatched the packet from her and ran away.
I decided to go and sit away from all of the crowds and found a nice spot by a tree, I sat watching an English family for a while (not in a pervy way, just people watching) when I noticed the small boy come running from the sea crying, he had been stung by a jellyfish and was inconsolable. The fact that the boy was crying is not what bothered me -I would cry too, but I found his mother’s reaction bizarre…she simply lifted up his arm assessed the damage then poured her can of beer on it “all better now” and sent him back into the sea!!! WTF is that about, does beer heal jelly fish stings? If it does I’ve never heard of it, what does this woman do when her son cuts his knees playing football, throw brandy on him? And she sent him back to the sea to be stung again, which he was! I know it’s not that big of a deal it’s just that I find people strange.
Screams started coming from the gaggle of tourists and the crowd quickly dispersed to revel a woman running down the beach being chased by about 10 monkeys dripping with blood, as her 6ft tall body builder boyfriend ran in the opposite direction leaving her to fend for herself – typical!
She was running my way; I thought screw this and ran into the sea I’ll take my chances with the jellyfish. (I made a wrong and very painful decision) As her hulking boyfriend was completely useless at fending of monkeys that he was about to let have his girlfriend for dinner, a local man stepped in throwing a bucket of water on them and hissing loudly until they got the message and fucked off.
I had had quite enough of this; the animals were all attacking nowhere was safe so I jumped back in my kayak and headed straight to my local beach bar shack.
- Kho Phi Phi – My Paradise (truetravelings.wordpress.com)