The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud is a magical place where conservation and ecotourism mesh in the heart of a beautiful city. The forest is literally in the center of Ubud which is the best reason to visit Bali, Indonesia. Monkeys happen to be one of my favorite animals and I’ve been lucky with other monkey encounters. In the dozen or so times I’ve seen them in Asia this forest had the most peaceful and friendly monkeys.
Often you hear horror stories about how monkeys attacked or stole something from tourists but the conservation led by the park rangers at the Sacred Monkey Forest allows for a safe and enjoyable monkey experience for anyone. I highly recommend visiting in the morning; we went twice and the monkeys were more active before noon and there were less visitors too.
WARNING: FOLLOW THE RULES THEY ARE STILL WILD ANIMALS
How to Get to Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest
First you have to get to Ubud. The cheapest and best way is scheduling a shared van (60-70,000IDR)
The monkey forest is in the center of the city. ~5 min walk from most guest houses/hotels.
Admission – 40,000IDR (30,000 for kids)
The conservation at this forest is truly spectacular. With over 600 monkeys living there as of 2016 you are guaranteed to see monkeys of all ages. I saw dozens of families nursing little babies. They will let you get close enough for a photo and the older ones might climb on you.
Park rangers sell bananas so that you can feed the monkeys. A large bunch is 50,000IDR or you can buy smaller ones for as low as 10,000IDR. We bought a large bunch and the park ranger helped us feed a group of monkeys. They should tell you to use an open hand and don’t try to keep the food away from the monkeys. This is the only way that we saw them become aggressive towards people but we didn’t see any serious injuries. If you happen to get hurt there is a first aid ranger station nearby.
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The forest is also home to a few temples, a cemetery, an amphitheater and a couple other buildings. The monkeys rule all of these ancient structures and climb throughout freely.
Do you know of another great animal encounter? Share it with me below because I’d love to check it out!
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Looking gor more to do in Bali? Check out my friend Cynthia ‘s awesome guide to the island!