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Sangeh Monkey Forest, Sangeh
(4.3/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
Religion meets nature at Sangeh Monkey Forest, a forest as famous for its hordes of monkeys as for its overgrown temple. Take a walk among the nutmeg trees, which can grow up to 40 m (130 ft) tall and are home to the cheeky monkeys that many consider the guardians of Pura Bukit Sari temple. Don't miss the temple's central courtyard and its statue of Garuda, which symbolizes freedom and the attainment of the elixir of life. Keep a close eye on any shiny possessions like jewelry, as well as expensive technology like cameras and cell phones--the monkeys commonly steal valuable possessions from unsuspecting tourists. Though your guide might encourage you to feed the monkeys, this can be very dangerous, as they can be aggressive and might carry diseases. See Sangeh Monkey Forest and all Sangeh has to offer by arranging your trip with our Sangeh vacation planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful architecture of which unfortunately some parts are in ruin probably due to lack of funding. It looks like a movie set to some adventure film and apparently Jackie Chan has actually shot a fi...  more »
  • Impressive temple and the area before the small path in the Woods. Guides help the monkeys to climb over you in Exchange for photo (with a fee). All under the supervision of the wizard, so there is no risk of monkey attack! Worth if you want short walk in the forest with monkeys, just for the experience. The forest of Ubud is probably bigger and more "jungle", while the monkeys might be more insolent there.
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  • Really great place in Ubud. If you can, please do go here. It's a lot of fun but do be careful and don't touch. Keep bananas hidden in your bag and break off the bananas before putting them in there f...  more »
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  • Sangeh has been for us an annoying experience. We expected a restful place.. we couldn't just walk quietly without a "guide" or a guy attracting monkeys with sweets in order to sell us photos he would take of them with us. And then we ended up in the LONG circuit of shops selling t-shirts and sarongs and whatever. We had an unpleasant 1/2 hour there (short, but too long). I will not go back or take any more friends there.
  • Quiet and beautiful monkey forest, cheap entrance fee, nice guides and very calm monkeys. Much better than the Ubud one!
  • Best monkey forest. Monkeys are friendlier and more relaxed than Ubud. The original and best monkey forest
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  • Bit of a hidden gem, I'd say. Place was mostly empty when we were there (april 16), staff was friendly and the temple is a nice sight. The monkeys round here don't seem to care for visitors much and we were able to watch them go about their life for a long time. A really good experience.