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Monkey Hill Phuket

Monkey Hill is one of the most well – known destinations in Phuket Town.  As the highest hill in Phuket Town, it is home to a few radios as well as a popular recreation spot where locals jog daily.

In 2015, a proper platform was built towards the top of the mountain which offers a stunning viewpoint over Phuket Town.

A local man, known as Pae Hog or aka Uncle Hog, usually performs a 'show' with the macaques. According to him, there are about 400 primates living in groups all over Monkey Hill. Care should be taken if you are visiting with small children while these monkeys are not aggressive and do not approach people like most temple monkeys. Near the hill’s bottom, there is a colorful shrine devoted to 3 holy spirits: Toh Sae Dam, Toh Sae Dang and Toh Sae Kaow. Many people come here specifically to ask for lottery numbers. A rudimentary exercise park is halfway up to the peak of Monkey Hill. The views on the way up are better than at the peak itself unlike other viewpoints in Phuket, Satellite towers and TV stations dominate the summit, obscuring the views of Phuket. Besides the platform, several places overlook Phuket's port, the Andaman Sea and the coastal town.

Monkey Hill Viewpoint

Monkey Hill Viewpoint


Visitors can drive a car or motorbike up to the viewpoint and peak but be careful as the hill is quite steep. The road to the summit is closed to traffic between 5pm and 8pm, giving people a chance to walk up for watching the sunset at the viewpoint. It takes about 2 hours for a roundtrip, depending on the person's fitness level. The road is not long but the steepness makes it quite difficult to go fast. Located near the bottom of Monkey Hill, Green Forest Restaurant offers reasonably priced Thai cuisine with expansive views of Koh Siray and the east coast.

Monkey Hill

Monkey Hill


Monkey Hill situated near Phuket Town, which is the old town area on Phuket Island’s central-east side. Phuket Town is a quaint area, contrary to Patong on the island’s west side. Most people make it to Monkey Hill or to the area for a short jaunt through the historic old town center. You can reach Phuket Town on the public bus from many other parts of this island including Kata Beach, Karon Beach and Patong. It will drop you off at the bus stop near Fountain Circle if you choose the public bus option. There are tuk tuks alternatively waiting by the bus stop and will take you to the Monkey Hill entrance. If you arrive by taxi, tuk or private transportation, start first by asking if they can take you to the entrance of Monkey Hill.

Monkey Hill

Monkey Hill


The path is open from roughly 7 a.m – 10 p.m. It is closed to motor vehicles between 7 - 8 a.m and 4 - 7 p.m, which means as a pedestrian, that’s your best time to visit. In the morning, the weather is nicer to walk up the Hill.

Monkey Hill Map

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Hello, we have a 3.5 y.o. boy , is it safe to come to Monkey Hill ?


Hi! Many families bring their children here; however, to keep your child safe, you shouldn't let him to stay too close to the monkeys, scream or do anything that may scare them which can makes them angry and attack.

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