This is the place where the monkeys rule over sacred temples and the ancient jungle, this is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary; a nature reserve and a Hindu temple complex situated in Ubud, Bali. It houses hundreds of long-tailed Macaques who will keep an eye on you (and your belongings).
We’ve read about several people who have been bitten by monkeys in the Monkey Forest, but if you don’t bring any food and respect the monkeys you’ll get a long way. Leave loose items behind and take a walk in this beautiful jungle with three 14th-century temples (Pura Puseh, Pura Desa, and Pura Dalem).
You can purchase bananas on-site to feed the monkeys to tempt them so that they come up to you and maybe jump on your shoulders or so, but be careful when feeding them, and keep the fruit hidden in a backpack or something similar. The monkeys get food so it’s not necessary for tourist to feed them as it may cause aggressive behavior from the monkeys.
Even though I had no food with me, I got a close encounter with a monkey… I saw the opportunity to take a selfie with a monkey in the background. It was sitting on a branch when I grabbed my phone and tried to take the picture, but the monkey didn’t want it that way and suddenly he jumped on my head, grabbed my nose before it crawled to the shoulder and over to my arm to grab hold of my phone. Maybe he was the one who wanted a selfie with a human in the background?! It was the perfect timing to get the perfect picture, but the monkey was still not satisfied and continued to hold my phone. Wasn’t he happy with the picture? Did the monkey want a new shoot? Probably not, but maybe it wanted a new phone. Yep, I think so.
Enough babbling! Here are our of photos from the Monkey Forest:
You don’t need food for an Monkey to jump on you, just try to take a selfie
(but hold tight on your phone/camera)
Open Daily : 08.30 AM – 06.00 PM
Adult : IDR. 40.000
Children : IDR. 30.000