Monkey Island via “Seaworthy” Kayak
When we heard that there was an island near Khao Sam Roi Yod inhabited by monkeys, we knew we were going to have to go there. Our hotelier told us that one of the free kayaks provided by the hotel was “seaworthy” and had two of the hotel guests attest to this fact – perhaps under duress. In our excitement about monkeys (and hubris at our own boating skills) we ignored the guests’ worried looks as they described their difficulty in steering this vessel on their own trip.
We set out on placid seas and aimed for the island, about one mile from shore. The trip out only took about thirty minutes – but we quickly realized that those guys were right about the boat. It was nearly impossible to steer, even in calm seas.
Monkey Island (or Ko Ku Rum, as it is actually called) was totally worth the effort. As soon as we arrived, dozens of monkeys ran up to greet us – but once they realized we had no food, they went back to monkey business as usual.
By the time the monkey photo shoot was complete, the seas were no longer calm. The wind had kicked up, but at least the tides were in our favor. The trip back to the shore was faster – only about 20 minutes this time – but our disembarkation was less than graceful. I am fine by the way, but more than a little mortified that this video exists.