The Island Where Monkeys Reign Supreme

/////The Island Where Monkeys Reign Supreme

Monkey island is situated in the Halong Bay (Vietnam) and is a popular tourist attraction. Almost all the tours that leave from Cat Ba island will list or encourage you to visit this island. Neither Shawn nor I were particularly interested in seeing any more monkeys after our episode in Indonesia. You can’t however change a tour schedule and we reluctantly joined the troop. I can’t say that we didn’t have fun for we did!


Monkey Island

Our first glimpse at the Vietnamese monkeys

Monkey island was the last island that we docked on during our Halong Bay tour. The shore is shallow and out boat could go only so far. Smaller boats arrived to ferry us to shore. It seemed a little surreal to watch the monkey’s darting to and fro on the soft sand. I even saw a few chase an unsuspecting tourist.

Be forewarned: Monkey bites are plentiful as the monkeys are used to having their way. It is prudent to stay on your guard.

Monkey Island

Let’s just have some evening booze

It was part sad and part funny to see the monkeys imitate human behavior. They pick out cans and bottles from the dumpsters and drink in hopes of finding a sip of the sweet drinks that once lay within. Some of the monkeys will even make threatening noises when they see you. Others try to steal what you have in your hand. It is a routine that seems well worn into all South Asian countries where monkeys are the prime attraction. It is a routine that scares me silly.


Monkey Island

It is not as easy as it looks!

While tourists are inclined to believe that Monkey island is all about monkeys, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Monkey island has a short trek that takes you up to the peak of the island. This peak offers you one of the best views of the bay. Make sure that you have proper footwear if you want to attempt this trek. Flip flops make it extremely difficult!

Monkey Island

The unexpected proposal

I’m not much of a climber because of my fear of heights so I stopped a few meters off from the top. Shawn made it up to the peak only to find a monkey perched strategically at the top. I think the monkey quite fancied my husband for she made a lunge at him. Luckily for me, he didn’t accept and made it back to me safe and sound.


Halong bay

Adieus amigos!

Monkey island is also perfect for watching the sunset. With the end of the day closing in, we watched as the sun gave us her final adieu for the day.


  • Monkey island has two main attractions: the monkeys and the view point.
  • Proper footwear will aid you in your climb to the top.
  • Monkey bites are common so be on you guard and do not agitate them.
  • Monkey island has two main attractions: the monkeys and the view point.
  • Proper footwear will aid you in your climb to the top.
  • Monkey bites are common so be on you guard and do not agitate them.
2018-08-11T12:01:53+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Asia, Halong Bay, Vietnam|7 Comments


  1. Kathi January 14, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Looks like a fantastic place, so beautiful 🙂 Vietnam has been on my list for a while, but I still haven’t even made it to SEA! This year we’re going to Thailand for two weeks, but I’ll pin this to make sure to remember Monkey Island when we finally make it to Vietnam!

  2. Cherene Saradar January 14, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    I am so sad that I didn’t know about this when I visited Ha Long Bay! Monkeys are so cute but yes one does need to be careful!

  3. Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel January 15, 2017 at 1:40 am - Reply

    The view from the viewpoint looks spectacular! Glad your husband made it back to you in one piece 😉

  4. Katie @ The Katie Show Blog January 15, 2017 at 4:57 am - Reply

    Wow looks like an interesting place to visit. I had not heard of it before so I am glad you shared it and thanks for the warning to be careful around the monkeys.

  5. Abbi January 15, 2017 at 7:21 am - Reply

    This looks like a real adventure – complete with little rascals you have to dodge along the way! Vietnam is on my list and I’ll be sure to check Monkey Island out when I visit!

  6. Agness of a TukTuk January 20, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    This looks like the very beginning of the Planet of Apes film 😀

    • Penny January 22, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Lol! I never thought of that angle! Damn! That would have made such a nice title!

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