While on our trek over to Raleigh beach I saw a sign with a cool little monkey painted on it. This particular monkey had little white rings around its eyes and looked super cool so I said the guy at the bar with the monkey sign, ‘Hey, cool monkey sign.’ He responded by telling me that that type of monkey normally visited the tree the bar was under and that the same type of monkeys were over on Ton Sai beach as well. This was super exciting news. Sometimes my skills for talking to random people pay off. Well actually most of the time it does. More on that later.
With new information in our brains we decided to wake up early to catch the shy white–ringed eyed monkeys munching on breakfast.
We had seen a path from the jungle path where our guesthouse was to the beach on a different day and decided that this little used path would be a good monkey sighting spot.
And right we were!
The little white-eyed guys were the second monkey species we saw.
Then all of a sudden we were surrounded by monkeys. The not so shy brown monkeys as well as the super shy white-eyed ones.
After a moment of, ‘uh, are these monkeys going to turn on us?’ we followed the group down to the beach.
We strolled past our favourite fruit smoothie place on the way back to our room. When we got there we were amazed to see that there where more of the white-eyed monkeys in the tree above our room. This whole valley is a total monkey salad bowl with the little guys munching away in every tree.