The Sacred Monkey Forest is a sanctuary filled with Balinese Long-Tail Monkeys, Macaque, and is a must do on your trip to Bali. Not just a tourist attraction, it is also a research and conservation center located on the south end of Ubud on Jalan Monkey Forest Road. Research institutes worldwide come to Ubud to observe the monkeys social interaction and behavior in their natural environment. Your admission fee is a direct donation to the sanctuary.
When you get to the gate, the staff will tell you it would be wise to get out your camera now, because once inside if you open your bags, the monkeys will come and attack the bag thinking there’s food. You are forewarned. The first thing you will notice when you walk is the forest is beautiful, lush green with moss growing everywhere. Seconds later, you will be greeted by your first set of monkeys, where the start of your fun begins.
Interacting with the Monkeys
The monkeys are used to people. They expect you to have bananas and will come looking for them once you’re inside the main area. If you have the bananas out, they will come to you and some may even jump on your head! These make for some great pictures to post to social media. For your safety, if the monkey comes to grab the banana out of your hand, don’t try to keep it away from them. These are still wild animals and will get aggressive if you don’t let the bananas go. If you’re concerned with this, you don’t need to buy the bananas, the monkeys will still approach you. There are also plenty of staff around to help you with the monkeys if you get scared.
Tips for visiting Monkey Forest
Get to the park early. The park opens at 8:30 AM; if you get there as soon as it opens you’ll have the place mostly to yourself for a good hour. As this park is very popular, it gets very crowded by 9:30 AM. There are many places in the forest to see the monkeys. The main section is near the front and is the most crowded. There are paths to other areas of the forest that aren’t so crowded. Walk along the path and find an area without so many people and sit for a while, the monkeys will come to you.
Location and cost
Monkey Forest is located on Jalan Monkey Forest Road. If you are staying in the downtown Ubud area, you can easily walk to the park or take a quick taxi ride. The cost to get in is 30,000 IDR (2.31 USD). They are open from 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM and allow at least 60 to 90 minutes to walk around the park.
Making memories at Monkey Forest
Monkey Forest is a great place to visit and interact with Bali’s most famous and sacred monkeys. These beautiful mammals are fun to interact with and watch as they go about their day. As mentioned earlier, keep your bags closed and close. If you put your bag down to take a picture, they will come and snatch it. But if you follow these few simple tips, you’re sure to have a great experience and come home with amazing pictures of you and your family with the monkeys.
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