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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  • As the name suggests a beautiful little forest with scores of monkeys. It's really worth visiting and spending few hours here ...just be careful u do not carry any eatables or expensive things in hand...  more »
  • Ticket price is about 5-6eur per person and you get a chance to walk in the jungle park along with monkeys. Monkeys are quite aggressive even if you do everything according to the rules. But there is ...  more »
  • If you think this is another place with wild monkeys, then it is not. All very civil. A large car park, a beautiful central entrance. The cost of RP 50 000 adult (approximately 200 USD) ticket and 40 children. The huge territory, with century-old trees, lianas, Temple statues, a small cardboard and of course monkeys. They are out there everywhere. Everywhere there are attendants, witness order. In a few places sell bananas. I would not recommend them to buy! Especially at the entrance! Far you will not leave with them. Monkeys fly immediately from all sides and pull you out of hand. But if you have nothing, they show no interest to you. And neither have nor points, to anything else, like in Uluwatu, for example. Don't be lazy and go around the entire Park, in the depths of the most gorgeous views. Near the church you can sit next to obezjankami and sfotatsja. Ministers give them hard and they can pose. Very much it was pleasant to all children and adults! Recommend!
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  • What a delight! I was terrified at first to go here based on the reviews online. The monkeys left me alone...also, I followed the sanctuary's rules and didn't walk with a backpack, or food, nor stare into the monkeys' eyes. It was beautiful to watch the monkeys grooming, playing, caring for each other and their young ones and mating. Also the sanctuary is lush and green and peaceful. The monkeys are also very entertaining. I eventually had one sit on my shoulder and he/she was adorable ♡
  • Thoroughly enjoyed walking through this forest it was beautiful and the monkey were well behaved they were clean and when they hopped on my shoulder they were soft and did not smell at all. There are workers everywhere so if at anytime a monkey gets cheeky or climbs on you they're straight there yelling for it to go away. I loved the monkeys and they seemed well looked after. It was a beautiful place.
  • I loved our visit here. The monkeys are bold and often will approach you even if you haven't purchased food from the staff to feed them. Amazing place to visit. The monkeys are VERY cheeky and intelligent - they know how to work zippers on bags etc, so be sure to keep your belongings secure.
  • This place to me was by far the best on the tour and still didn't get 5 stars for me. But it definitely was fun I would go back again with people the monkeys are very active and have no issues coming in contact with humans. It wasn't expensive and you could spend a good hour without even noticing
  • Beautiful forest full of temples and monkeys. I really liked all the sculptures too. Some of them are pretty sexual which was surprising. One monkey started pulling from my dress and I shouted because he scared me. Apparently you should never shout at them. There are signs explaining that you should not look the monkeys in the eye or shout. The monkey let me go in the end and we laughed at the situation :)

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