Have you ever wanted to get up and close to monkeys but you’re worried about how the monkeys are treated? The answer is The Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali!
In Ubud there is a little wooded area aptly name The Monkey Forest. The park has temple like structures, pristine paths and well maintained garden areas. Nevermind the frankly overwhelming number of ‘wild’ monkeys.
The workers in the park feed the monkeys all day long with sweet potatoes and other healthy food. However the monkeys only really want the bananas! Tourists buy and feed the monkeys bunches and bunches of them. The locals belive the monkeys to be sacred, so rest assured no one mistreats these wonderful creatures.
Wandering if you will see a monkey? I can completely and utterly guarantee that you will. There are hundreds, and all of them want to be as close to you as possible, just in case you have a banana.
The park keepers will encourage you to hold the banana high above your head so the monkey climbs up you to try to get it. This can lead to some pretty funny pictures and videos. Don’t worry if you don’t get the perfect shot the first time, bananas are cheap and hungry climbing monkeys are aplenty.
40,000IDR (£2.31 – $3) per person.
This is definitely not an all day activity as the park itself is relatively small. A couple of hours is definitely enough time to have a casual stroll through the park.
We both had quite a lot of fun with the monkeys and did not see any particularly aggressive behaviour towards the tourists. I have read elsewhere that people can feel intimidated. I recommend that you just relax and see what happens!
Towards the back of the park there are some small shops so you don’t have to leave the park to get refreshments. I would warn you that you pay a premium inside the park as per usual so try not to forget to bring your own.
BE CAREFUL of your belongings. The monkeys don’t seem to be aggressive but they are sneaky little thieves. You don’t want to see your expensive sunglasses glinting in the canopy above whilst a, now trendy monkey, rocks out with his friends.
Do you know any other great places to see our distant cousins? Do you have and good/bad experiences with The Monkey Forest in Ubud. Let us know in the comments section below!
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