During my latest trip to Bali I got a chance to explore the Ubud Monkey forest aka Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The entrance fee is 50,000($3.72) Indonesian Rupiah for adults and 40,000($2.98) for kids. There is no need to try to buy tickets in advance. The monkey forest is home to about 678 Macaque monkeys divided in six groups. The sanctuary also features three temples and 115 species of trees. The temples are only open to people that are praying. The forest is open from 8:30 am to 6 pm with the last call for ticket sales being 5:30 pm.
Once inside you can buy bananas to feed to the monkeys and take photos. You get a batch of bananas for either 20,000 or 50,000 Indonesian Rupiah. Do this at your own risk, some of the monkeys are very aggressive. The older ones seem to be less patient and rather grab bananas from you than jump on your shoulder for a photo. For the most part things go smoothly, I did see one person get a bite from a monkey. This was after a friend of his handed the monkey an empty banana peel. So they do have tempers! If you are carrying plastic bags or water bottles the monkeys will try to steal them from you. I saw a few water bottles snatched. I would advise people to not wear loose clothing and not have things that might attract attention from the monkeys. Don’t leave water bottles exposed in book bag side pouches.
Overall I think I spent about two hours at the monkey forest. The place is not all hectic, there are plenty of places to walk around with no monkeys. A lot of the forest is peaceful and scenic with various statues throughout. The forest is bigger than twenty football fields. I find it more interesting to observe monkeys in the wild rather than in zoos. It was entertaining to watch the monkey interact with each other and humans trying to get photos. So I would definitely recommend taking a trip to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary while visiting Bali.
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via Nigel D.