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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. 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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  • There are a few nice temples inside, well kept away from tourist but yet not well maintained. Just a really touristy place. Enjoy the walk people!  more »
  • The monkeys were great fun to watch and its a lovely place to explore. Although we could see a lot of people buying bananas so they could get photos with the monkeys on their shoulder and I personally...  more »
  • This, for me, is a must see when in Bali. A nice walk through the beautiful forest, with a couple of temples thrown in, and monkeys ....... there are monkeys everywhere! There are all ages from tiny b...  more »
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  • Green, damp, monkeys, temple, cremation site... Feels like a long lost ancient place. The monkeys often snatch sunglasses, bags and other things that tourists carry. so it is advised by forest staff to not carry them. Do carry a bottle of water as the monkey forest area is usually very humid (I visited during last week of January) and long walks can be exhausting. Vehicles are obviously not allowed inside. The Balinese Hindus consider the place to be sacred. The monkeys inside the forest can be very entertaining. You can see them engaging in all sorts of mischief. They may pose for a quick photo as well. But be careful, they may run away with your camera too. There is a very small shallow pool where monkeys come and SWIM. There is a market area outside the entrance, where you can find lots of handicrafts, hats, tees, shorts, flip flops, decorative collectibles.
  • Fun place with beautiful views in the forest. You can spend all day watching the monkeys and not get bored. I recommend that you wear long sleeves and long pants. It doesn't matter how much you try to avoid them, they will be on you. And even if they aren't being aggressive, they can scratch you just by climbing on you, which happened to me and it was enough to draw blood. Covering up will make it less likely that a scratch or bite will break your skin, thus significantly reducing the chance you are exposed to any monkey germs. Only Hindus can go into the temples. Everyone else has to be content with admiring them outside.
  • Nice architecture and firsthand experience with monkeys. We didn't spend much money. Girlfriend got jumped and robbed by one monkey for the bananas (5 pieces) she was carrying, best moment of my holiday. If you decide to buy banana pieces, make sure they're out of sight. Hiding them under your shirt doesn't work, the monkeys aren't that stupid.
  • While the monkey might be a bit terrifying at times the views in the forest are amazing and definitely something worth seeing. The monkeys are also cool and you can buy bananas to feed them if you want to hold one. IMPORTANT NOTE: if you feed a monkey get a person working there to help you they can be aggressive at times. Also NEVER leaving anything sitting on the ground or wear a hat/sunglasses on your head if you aren't willing to risk losing it. The monkeys will steal your things.
  • Great opportunity to get to close as monkeys as you would like to get. Locals sell bananas which you can hold on your top to have the monkeys grab them. Be careful about items, as these little suckers enjoy stealing stuff. If you sit down you might not need a banana to attract them, as one little fella hopped on my shoulder to hang out for some time.