Pattaya Daily News

26 May 2009 :: 22:05:41 pm 2101

Monkey Magic

Duck Island, also known as Monkey Island, is an experience not to be missed by tourists and residents alike and can only be accessed by boat, many of which operate from all the beaches of Pattaya.
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When planning a trip, be sure to take along a substantial amount of fruit of all varieties to ensure an amusing and memorable day whilst also feeding the numerous monkeys which inhabit the Island

I was lucky enough to have been invited to visit the island by none other than a very happy and friendly local Thai after having said I’d never heard of the place and had not seen it advertised anywhere – not to say it isn’t.

The arrival at the Island, which took approximately twenty minutes, was amazing. What looked like a quiet uninhabited place came alive as trees rustled and swayed with the descent of numerous monkeys making their way down to the beach.

Many of them being shy, stayed at the water’s edge, waiting for any fruit that was thrown from the boat to float in to them. Others however, swam out to the boat to guarantee themselves a meal. Never have I seen such bravado from creatures so small, some climbing aboard to snatch the fruit from our hands and cramming as much as possible into their mouths until their cheeks swelled like balloons and if not kept and eye on, snatching the whole bag…..(keep hold of all personal effects as if left unguarded will be lost).

The sweetest sight of all were the tiny babies who clung to their mothers and spent half the time submerged under water whilst Mum fed herself.

Just one of the many wonders of Thailand… An outing not be missed!

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Sirithanon   Category : Travel

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