National park- 2 monkey attacks

Trip Start Sep 03, 2009
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Trip End May 25, 2011


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Flag of Malaysia  , Pulau Pinang,
Saturday, March 20, 2010

Stayed near Penang national park in the hardest to find guest house ever, that was run by a woman who didn't want to give us a room in case someone else turned up later and wanted to stay longer.

We went into the free park and into the tropical jungleness. We were there only a few minuets when we saw a black monkey in a tree eating some leaves, like they do, which was pretty good and allot nicer that the dirty rabid monkeys of Lop Buri. Though they did look a bit like Papa Lazarou...

Then we went on to find a monitor lizard on the beach, it was pretty big, i may have freaked out and run away but Ben got some pictures. Then we sat on the beach and ate a banana. Ben jokingly said that opening the banana would make the monkeys appear. One did. It was right behind me which made me jump and run away (again) but it jut ate the banana skin and then put it in its mouth and followed us, which now , looking back, was very cute. But at the time I legged it with visions of the last time we encountered monkeys in Thailand, they were not as friendly.

Then later we were sitting down and we saw a monkey trying to get into a coke bottle (which it got from the bin). The phrase monkey see and monkey do is perhaps optimistic as it tried opening it by hammering it onto the floor and biting it. It wasn't doing anything mean though until two Malaysian boys threw a big bit of wood at it, then things got nasty. It tried to attack us and a Korean family we were sitting with who had previously, had there lunch box stolen by a monkey. It was scary and intense but we survived. By running away. We all decided to walk the rest of the park together (saftey in numbers).

 aaaand we also found bags of pink drink which were delicious!  

So penang was pretty good, and weirdly quiet as just up the road there was a massive beach resort.
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