Monkey work coconut

Good for the kids

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What we say: 2.5 stars

Dotted all around the island you'll see signs along the lines of "Monkey work coconut" where you can stop and for a small fee watch monkeys climb up coconut palms and hurl down coconuts at you or their keeper.

It might be fun for kids, but otherwise it's not really worth stopping to see. Real working monkeys are abundant, and can be seen on the back of pickup trucks atop a huge pile of coconuts, on their way to or from work.

They are generally well looked after, as they are good income earners for their keepers. A monkey costs around 20,000 baht, takes three years to train, and a good once can pick up to 1,000 coconuts a day!

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Last updated: 12th May, 2012

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