Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud

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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. Using our custom trip planner, Ubud attractions like Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This was one of the best things we did in Ubud. The monkeys are really cute and they live in a magical place. Worth to spend there 1-2 hours at least. Just don't touch or feed them! :)  more »
  • It might get dangerous and it does. Monkeys get aggressive, attack people and steal whatever they could grab. The gueards find it difficult to manage them.  more »
  • A cool place to visit and stroll through. Be sure to remove your glasses, zip your purses and backpacks up. The monkeys are very curious. Pay attention to the signs and do not taunt the monkeys.  more »
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  • Secure your belongings. The monkeys here are actually more friendly and less courageous to attempt to take your things than elsewhere, but the young ones are definitely curious and will climb on you if they see something. Lock your back pack if you bring one, as some will try to get onto you and open it. Don't be afraid though, they are not aggressive. Lots of fun, definitely worth the small entrance fee (50k).
  • A cool place to take a walk and look at the monkeys. Don’t try to touch or feed them. They will jump on you and try to take your things. Keep your bags closed and do not try to go in it because they will know and will try to get your belongings. The guards are very observant and warn the monkeys off. It feels like the monkeys are in their natural habitat. They have the freedom to come and go as they please.
  • So it costs $5 to get in, but it's really lovely when you get inside, the staff are everywhere ensuring the monkeys are well behaved. The staff are really friendly and happy to take pics for you etc. I really thought it was worth the cost. Plus there are toilets inside and it's quite a nice ambiance to walk around. Be careful of the monkeys though - they do try to steal anything they can and will climb on you :)
  • Best attraction in the world. I love my monkeys and this is the best zoo I have had the pleasure of visiting. To experience these monkeys roam around and interact with each other and my fellow holiday makers, is a dream for me. This tourist attraction, is a monkey lovers paradise but aside from the furry, long tailed residents, this forest is also a beautiful park that transforms a grown women on her honeymoon, into an excitable child, exploring the nooks and cranny's, paths and walkways, transitioning into her very own wonderland of jungle book creativity. In my complete element, feeding the small monkey the bananas was my highlight, despite it being covered in monkey wee. If at all possible, I would quite happily pack up my bags and become a real life Mowgli.
  • The monkeys are awesome, I'm sure you'll read lots of reviews about them, but I want to emphasize how beautiful this forest is. I mean it truly is an oasis that is fantastically designed. Lush trees and greenery are a marvel the deeper you go into the forest. I highly recommend visiting this site because for the small price, you get more than you'll anticipate. Tip: If you want to interact with the monkeys, simply go near a group, sit down, and they'll come to you. Just try to avoid approaching them, especially the babies, it's very invasive and the mothers will be aggressive/attack. I've seen it.
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