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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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  • Totally recommend to visit the monkey forest! (Don't forget to bring with you some bananas) ☺️the monkeys will thank you lol  more »
  • Very many monkeys. The kind of manicured. Because those that we've seen in Malaysia were wild and dirty. But here in measure fat. Mean well fed. Not to say that wild. Arrogant, but they are by nature. So the whole place liked it. We took the car for a day for $65 and traveled on all famous places including Forest monkeys. Came here for the sake of his son, because he is crazy about animals. He was satisfied with!
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  • Nice activity: family of monkeys living in the wild "framed" in a very nice environment. To do it once.
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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 (I visited during last week of January) 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.
  • Fun place with beautiful views in the forest. You can spend all day watching the monkeys and not get bored. I recommend that you wear long sleeves and long pants. It doesn't matter how much you try to avoid them, they will be on you. And even if they aren't being aggressive, they can scratch you just by climbing on you, which happened to me and it was enough to draw blood. Covering up will make it less likely that a scratch or bite will break your skin, thus significantly reducing the chance you are exposed to any monkey germs. Only Hindus can go into the temples. Everyone else has to be content with admiring them outside.
  • Nice architecture and firsthand experience with monkeys. We didn't spend much money. Girlfriend got jumped and robbed by one monkey for the bananas (5 pieces) she was carrying, best moment of my holiday. If you decide to buy banana pieces, make sure they're out of sight. Hiding them under your shirt doesn't work, the monkeys aren't that stupid.
  • While the monkey might be a bit terrifying at times the views in the forest are amazing and definitely something worth seeing. The monkeys are also cool and you can buy bananas to feed them if you want to hold one. IMPORTANT NOTE: if you feed a monkey get a person working there to help you they can be aggressive at times. Also NEVER leaving anything sitting on the ground or wear a hat/sunglasses on your head if you aren't willing to risk losing it. The monkeys will steal your things.
  • Great opportunity to get to close as monkeys as you would like to get. Locals sell bananas which you can hold on your top to have the monkeys grab them. Be careful about items, as these little suckers enjoy stealing stuff. If you sit down you might not need a banana to attract them, as one little fella hopped on my shoulder to hang out for some time.

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