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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud
(4.1/5 based on 18,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • For an Australian who has never seen a monkey before, this was fascinating. They are still in their "natural" habitat but human interaction is so easy. You can buy bananas to feed them, which they go ...  more »
  • Picturesque location with a large number of monkeys. You definitely get up close and personal with the monkeys. Please read the signs carefully. So many stupid tourists that can't read and don't under...  more »
  • This 12.5-hectare forest live more or less 600 monkeys are divided into 5 groups. If a monkey of a group enters the territory of the other group, it provokes a fight. The monkeys here are vaccinated and are well fed. Even so be careful because there have been cases that bite tourists making pictures in front of them. Be careful when you take banana because they know that you carry food and maybe you presiguen or you go up to the shoulder or head. If like that is fall, get down and normally is down at once. Care to not you makes pis when dried below the trees. Interesting sites in the forest including the Temple of the dead with beautiful sculptures, a community room with bats for the ceilings, a walk beside the River, a temple of water with a Ficus tree giant benjamin with a bridge with flushing with the monitors beside the river sculptures and sculptural dragons.
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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