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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 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.
  • The monkeys are free! No cages here...they come and go as they please. They are not forced to "perform"... they entertain naturally just by being themselves! 🙈🙊🙉 So much better than any zoo! The admission fees were extremely reasonable, around $5. The grounds are kept reasonably clean. The monkeys are well fed, with ample sweet potatoes and bananas. If fact, some of them were chunky monkeys! Saw one monkey move closer to a lady sitting on a bench. I thought the little monkey was going to do something naughty. He reached over for her hand. He just wanted to hold hands! Very adorable!! Overall, a joyful experience. Never a dull moment walking through the Monkey Forest.
  • Lovely place to take all the family. I find it fascinating to observe the behaviour of the monkeys and their interactions with each other. They do sometimes climb on you but only if you sit down next to them or encourage them to. Remember to either not take food and drinking or put it inside your bag thst is zipped up. Don't take plastic or paper carrier bags in with you as these will get stolen by the monkeys!
  • Neat place. Heed the advice of the signs, though and keep your distance from the monkeys. I was minding my own business and a monkey jumped on my shoulder and bit my arm. I think it was looking for food. It wasn't a bad bite and didn't draw blood, but it would be a traumatic experience for a child.
  • A beautiful forest with mystical temples and pathways. Would love to experience it and see what feelings it can induce without the numerous tourists walking around. The monkeys are quite cheeky😁. They acknowledge our presence only when it appears that we have some food to offer. Apart from that they go about their business unaffected by the crowd. Bought 4 bananas, and was hoping to give 1 each to 4 individual monkeys. On my first attempt at offering food the first monkey that got to me managed to grab all 4 for himself🤣. It was non negotiable and I was completely helpless😂😂. They are smart and seems to always know if you are carrying or trying to hide food from them. If you are carrying or offering food, one monkey will claim you (which means the food you have will be his/hers and no other monkeys will approach you). When they climb on you they are quite gently, and they will not hesitate to sit on your neck, head or shoulder while they finish up a banana. They basically do whatever they want without bothering to ask or wait for permission. It is quite fun and interesting walking around and observing them go about their daily routines. Saw a lot of mums with their young ones 😍. The forest is well taken care of. The tourists area is kept clean and there are rangers almost everywhere to answer questions or help you get out of a sticky situation with a monkey. Absolutely loved this place. Avoid wearing sunglasses, especially over your head. Avoid wearing earrings or carrying weak bags such as plastic bags. I have seen a monkey on the street outside of the sanctuary tear open a woman's shopping bag and run away with a box of Pringles 😂. Keep everything out of sight and safely tucked inside a backpack or so. Entry fee is less than $/€ 5 per person and there are women selling bananas inside the sanctuary.