This monkey took my water bottle and wouldn’t give it back. I called the local police but there was nothing to be done — the monkey was clearly quite attached to the bottle. Unfortunately, monkeys taking items from tourists has become such a ritual on Can Gio that’s it’s become more of a tourists-giving-monkeys-crap-they-don’t-need kind of thing, which makes for a whole lot of corrupted, environmentally oblivious, junk-food addicted monkeys that are pretty adorable nonetheless.
As it seemed to cling equally to both bags, it was hard to tell which chip flavor this monkey preferred — though it was clear that sharing was out of the question.
The monkeys on Can Gio are friendly and curious, but are still prone to mischief if you let your guard down. One monkey stealthily descended from a tree branch above me and made a grab for my head, though I never figured out what it was after.
After the monkey circus (video coming soon), a monkey went around hat-in-hand collecting tips from the crowd.
There are crocodiles on Monkey Island, which doesn’t seem very well thought out.
Fed daily by tourists, the monkeys on Can Gio have developed a borderline obsession with ice cream, chips, and soda, which can’t be good for their evolutionary prospects.
Because I couldn’t not take a picture of monkeys doing it.
On Can Gio, aka “Monkey Island,” tourists can pay about $5 (half that if you’re a local) to roam around for the day watching monkeys and feeding them improper food. Monkey Island is about an hour motorbike ride south of Saigon — worth the day trip down, especially if you’re into monkey circuses, “fishing” for crocodiles, or simply spending some quality time with your closest genetic ancestors.
On the ferry on the way to Can Gio — aka “Monkey Island” — a father and his child (at least I think there’s a kid underneath there). Most motorbike drivers wear a face mask to protect against pollution and road grit, many wear goggles or glasses, and some are so bundled up that it’s often hard to tell if the driver is a man or a woman.