The visit of Monkey Forest in Bali will lead you to the different world – the world of monkeys. Probably the most touristy attraction in Bali, which could not be skipped while traveling in Bali. The Monkey Forest is one of the places, where monkeys live freely in the wild and visitors can get in the close touch with them (literally). If you want to survive this visit to enjoy your Bali holiday the most, read this blog and get ready for a blast!
Bali Monkey forest blog
To visit Monkey forest you have to travel to the city of Ubud. Monkey forest is large complex of hind temples which have been built around 1359. Bali is well know because of its spectacular temples. Monthly more than 10 thousands of visitors visit Monkey forest. The whole sanctuary place consist from the real jungle, temples, exotic plants and animals and many pavements. Those pavements lead people around the complex and the part of the trail goes through between large stones, by the creek and small waterfall. The Monkey forest in Bali is the example of beauty untouched by human. Even though the weather in Bali can be really hot, in the forest you feel fresh because of it micro clima. The Monkey forest is known worldwide and during my visit, there were Paris Hilton visiting, as well. I found that afterwards, from her Instagram profile.
The admission fee to the Monkey forest cost 30 000 rupiah and you can stay there as long, as you wish (until they close up). Opening hours start every day from 8:30 am and end at 6 pm.
How to get to Monkey forest in Bali
If you want to visit Monkey forest in Bali, you have to go to Ubud town, which is located in the southern part of island, around a hour drive from Denpassar city. Ubud has pretty good location and from it, most of the Balinese temples can be reached from it. To the Monkey forest itself turn the Google maps on and navigate to Jl. Wenara Wana street. The entrance can be spotted easily and you will recognize it well. At least with the help of dozen monkeys sitting in front of the entrance ;) Just remember you are at the holy place, where locals pray, so act appropriate.
The monkeys in Bali
The monkeys in Bali somehow became the symbol of this paradise island and monkeys feel here like at home. Macaques, sometimes called as Balinese long-tail monkey are the monkeys, that can be found right in the Monkey forest in Bali. Probably, among all of the monkeys on the island, the most of them are to be found right in Ubud and you can get in touch with them, as never before. Although, if you want to feed them, do it only with the food bought from local sellers. These monkeys are very well handled by the staff of the Monkey fores and are fed with sweet popatoes, mini bananas, corn or coconuts. Interesting fact is, that these monkeys gather in families and there are five families on the Monkey forest in total, according to the official website. There families are attacking each others, when they enter their area, so you will definitely see some monkey fights live. These fights are unpredictable and usually happens, when monkeys are thirsty. They drink water from the local stream, that flows through the Monkey forest and monkeys have to cross different families´ areas to get water. And that is, where the fights start. Monkeys sleep in nights mostly and during the day, they get in touch with visitors in very intimate way :D
What should the visitors be aware of
Monkeys in the Monkey forest steal! To me, luckily they have not stolen anything, but they are not afraid of people, at all! At first, they may seem to look cute and fluffy (especially those little ones), but in real, they are monsters! They surround you and steal every piece of food you might have. I do not suggest you to bring some food (they smell it even from the bag). I was an eyewitnesses of an accident, where a monkey took the bottle of water from the girl from Japan and run away, towards to the bushes. The bottled water is relatively forgivable crime, but what if they took your iPhone? Would you run to get it back from that fluffy monkey? They are nice to look at, as they eat, play, massage each other or pull other monkeys tail to make it fall from the tree, but please, leave them alone. If you wish to touch them, pay to the stuff and they make monkey to sit on your head, or whatever. During my visit, one of the monkeys came to me and tried to open my bag. Luckily a stuff guy saw that and scared monkey, so it run away.
Feed them only with food bought from the staff
do not try to catch them – they bite
do not scare them
mind your belongings and do not bring any food
leave your sunglasses in the hotel room
hold your camera strongly
The visit of the Monkey forest in Bali is an unique experience as there are not many places around the world, when you can get as this close to the monkeys, as here. They are very cute and fluffy, until you scare them or move too quickly around. I saw nice couples copulating :D another two fighting or feeding babies. If you are still unsure, whether to visit Bali, read 5 reasons why to leave right now ;)
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