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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud

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Wildlife Area
Both a protected reserve and a temple complex, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary shelters several hundred long-tailed Balinese macaques. The monkeys get their nourishment from the forest staff, which feeds them sweet potatoes several times a day. Though you can't give the monkeys peanuts, cookies, or other snacks, you can purchase bananas if you want to feed the little ones yourself--just be prepared for a lot of attention from these cheeky creatures, and stow away valuables and shiny objects. This jungle sanctuary contains three temples, allegedly constructed in the 14th century. Keep in mind you can enter sacred sections of the temples only if you wear traditional praying clothes. Stop by the forest office near the main entrance, which accepts donations and provides detailed information about the sanctuary's history and significance. Take a look at our Ubud travel itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • What a unique experience. After paying a small fee you enter the sanctuary where there are literally hundreds of monkeys running around. Brad Pitt is not there to save you like in "12 Monkeys" but luc...  more »
  • full monkey forest, occurs 50' usually adults, 40' for children from 3 years. Once run through is ok, but nothing more. be careful that the monkeys take one away from nothing.
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  • Lovely place for visit on Ubud. So fresh and eeally excellent. Many monkeys and some of them so cute.  more »
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  • The monkeys were fantastic. It was great to get up close to them, even if they did try to steal our belongings more than once. Our favourite part was watching the monkeys go for a swim in the water feature, and having them sit on our shoulders as we fed them bananas. Lovely atmosphere and vibe about the place.
  • One of my favourite places! Be careful of the monkeys they like to bombard you if you have food on you. And some of the paths aren't the best if you have young children (see pics). However it's just so picturesque and the monkeys are mesmerising to watch.
  • If you love monkeys this is the place to be. You can easily lure them with bananas prompting them to jump on top of you. Careful! They come in crowds. I personally respect monkeys from afar. If you would like to do the same it is definitely doable just don't have any food or drinks on you. If you are carrying a water bottle but it in your bag away from monkey eyes. Move out of their way because they will definitely not move out of yours. The park is quite small and you can definitely go through in everything in 30-45 mins. I have seen tourists being scratched and hit by monkeys so please be mindful. There are instructions and warnings on the entrance for proper etiquette. I am sure if you enjoy being with Monkeys this would be just awesome for you.
  • Fun! Definitely a tourist attraction here though! Careful with the monkeys if you have food - they're smart and will get into your bags! It's great to see all of the animals though, and the park is really beautiful. It's the must-see in Ubud as it's the only "big" attraction in the area; kind of a rite of passage to go!
  • Yo can see mongkey here, and dont bring something that atract them. Hoho