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!
There are plenty of exciting things to do in Bali, and you’ll be spoilt for choice for activities in Ubud. In between cooking classes, white water rafting and temple hopping, you might want something a little more relaxing!
The Monkey Forest attracts people from all over the world who are looking to get super close to gorgeous (but sometimes a little scary!) monkeys!
In Ubud, there is a little wooded area aptly named The Monkey Forest. The park has temple-like structures, pristine paths and well-maintained garden areas. There’s also a 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 bananas! Tourists buy and feed the monkeys bunches and bunches of them. The locals believe the monkeys to be sacred, so rest assured no one mistreats these wonderful creatures.
Wondering 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.
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How Long To Spend At The Monkey Forest
This is definitely not an all-day activity by itself 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.
Where To Stay In Ubud
Ubud is known for its boho laidback lifestyle, so you’re going to be able to find a gorgeous hotel here whatever your budget. Here are some of our top picks of where to stay in Ubud.
Budget Hotel: Muka House
This is an absolute belter of a deal! Breakfast is included in the insanely low price, the hotel is located in the centre of Ubud and each room has a private bathroom. You won’t get much better value for money than this!
Check Out The Reviews Of Muka House Here
Standard Hotel: Lumbung Sari Ubud Hotel
With great spacious rooms, bathtubs and an outdoor pool, this hotel is a great option for those who want a nice place to stay without breaking the bank! Breakfast is included and there’s also a spa here too!
Check Out The Reviews Of Lumbung Sari Ubud Hotel Here
Luxury Hotel: Bucu View Resort
This place is just incredible. It feels like you’re in the middle of the jungle but you’re only a 5 minute walk from the Monkey Forest! Each room has a bathtub, minibar and a garden view, plus breakfast is included in the rate. The outdoor pool is stunning and the rooms are decorated beautifully too.
Check Out The Reviews Of Buca View Resort Here
Do you have any good/bad experiences with The Monkey Forest in Ubud? Let us know in the comments section below!
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I was on Bali last summer but did not go to the Monkey Forrest, because I was too afraid of monkeys running after me (that happend before..in Chiang Rai). LOL
Your photos gave me a pretty good idea of how the forrest looks though 🙂
If having monkeys running at you was a concern then you definetly made the right call by not going haha.
I love Asia and will be visiting Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka next year. Happy travelling!
No problem at all. Fantastic, I hope you have a good time!