Ask those closest to me and they will regale you with stories about my love for monkeys. Since I was a little girl I have always been in obsessed with monkeys. One of my nicknames growing up was monkey. Partly because according to my mom I had the energy of twelve monkeys but also due to my infatuation. So when it came time to go to Bali I knew visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest would be on my list. However, As I started to research that changed. It seemed as if half the people who visited the monkey forest loved it. While the other half seemed to vow they would never ever return. The more I researched about visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali, the more hesitant I became.
Fortunately Ashley had visited the Ubud Monkey Forest and said she would go with me. Coming from someone who was not a fan of monkeys this was so reassuring. So I can say I have fulfilled a childhood fantasy of being surrounded by a horde of monkeys. I will admit that I was weary and didn’t get too close to the monkeys but I enjoyed my time there. While most people love it or hate it, I am somewhere between.
Visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali
Firstly, I loved the actual forest. Set in Ubud a lush oasis in itself, the Ubud Monkey Forest is stunning. The Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and hindu temple. The temples in the Ubud Monkey Forest were built around the middle of the 14th century. These sanctuaries are an important part of Balinese heritage and also of everyday live. Seeing the way that nature reclaims the forest makes for a mystical backdrop. While humid and hot I loved walking around the rainforest.
Besides the temples and forest itself the main attraction is ofcourse the monkeys. The inhabitants of the Ubud Monkey Forest are grey long-tailed macaques. These little guys are very cute. Yet if you have ever spent time with a toddler you know that cute can turn into terrifying within a matter of seconds. This too can be said about these monkeys. One second they may be lounging about grooming each other and the next they are screaming at each other. So while I wanted to pet one, I absolutely did not and kept my distance from them.
I did enjoy them, evident for the fact I went back again when my best friend Eliza was visiting. If you practice caution than nothing will go wrong. I kept my distance both times and was sure to not have any food in my bag, sunglasses on my head or anything in my hands. The monkeys have quite the sticky fingers and will steal things. If you follow the rules and are careful than you will love the Ubud Monkey Forest. It is definitely a must if you are visiting Ubud and can make for a special day. Also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Ubud it is one of the popular attractions in Bali and should not be missed. Keep reading for some tips on visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest.
Tips on Visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest
As with most things in Bali visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds. Avoid having any loose items on you such as glasses, hats or phones in your hand. Everytime I took a photo with my phone both hands gripped it as if my life depended on it. Do not bring any food into the forest even in your backpack, they are smart and will go inside. I do not recommend feeding the monkeys and posing for photos with them. The monkeys can carry diseases and unless you have rabies vaccines, it is wise to keep a safe distance from them. As Ashley cautioned me avoid direct eye contact with the monkeys. Steer clear of the babies as the parents are very protective.
What to Wear to Visit the Ubud Monkey Forest
The Ubud Monkey Forest not matter what time of year will be hot and humid. I would recommend wearing something loose fitting and breathable. If you plan to stay for a few hours and walk the trails wear sneakers. It’s a good idea to bring a rain jacket as it does rain in Ubud often. Do not carry hats, sunglasses or big jewelry as these are easy targets for the monkeys to steal. If you want to take photos wearing white will pop against all the greenery.
Ubud Monkey Forest Costs
For adults it is IDR 80,000 ( 5.72 USD). For children the cost is IDR 60,000 (4.29 USD). If you plan to feed the monkeys than bring extra cash to purchase bananas. There are tours available but it is very manageable to do it on your own.
Ubud Monkey Forest Location
– Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
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