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Monkey Business

The tourist brochure our hotel gave us featured the Monkey School (Monkey Training Center), telling... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2016
David B
,
Rayong, Thailand
Why is this not shut yet?

We ended up here after a strong recommendation of our driver (the car w had hired) Its essentially... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
Ashish G
,
Mumbai
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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

We ended up here after a strong recommendation of our driver (the car w had hired)

Its essentially a tourist trap but worse its inhumane to the core. The monkeys are chained and kept in small cages. They are trained to do actions to seek your attention to get food (we saw one jumping up and down non stop for 10 minutes a long as we were in sight). They are made to perform tricks which would have been a novelty in 19th century but should be banned outright! Eg a monkey is made to ride a tricycle with a chain around its neck which is trainer uses to provide directions.

Are there no agencies / animal welfare agencies noticing this?

Regret being here - and wish its closed soonest so that the torture on the monkeys ends

Date of experience: May 2017
9  Thank Ashish G
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Reviewed 28 May 2016

The tourist brochure our hotel gave us featured the Monkey School (Monkey Training Center), telling us we could watch monkeys trained to do many tricks, like riding bicycles, playing electric guitars and collecting coconuts and fruit from trees.

It said there were shows at 10 am, 2 pm and 4 pm and that admission was 200 baht. The website we checked also mentioned a 200 baht fee.

We duly showed up at 2 pm to find the place deserted. Absolutely nobody in sight.

On top of that we saw through the sculptured "monkey" gate of the school the monkeys in relatively small iron barred cages in grounds that looks neglected.

On top of that a large sign at the empty ticketing office said admission was 400 baht, double what was advertised.

We decided we could do without watching wild animals perform for our amusement and left.

As an aside, the monkeys here are red-tailed marques, which abound wild on the island. You only have to drive down Rural Road through some of the rain forests to see whole troupes of them sitting on the roadside. There are big males and many females, some still carrying their babies on their backs.

It is forbidden to feed these wild monkeys and there are severe fines for anyone caught doing so.

But that doesn't stop you from enjoying the sight of these monkeys in the wild, instead of behind bars to be let out three times a day to perform grotesque tricks for the amusement of tourists.

Date of experience: March 2016
3  Thank David B
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Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile
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Date of experience: June 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC