Sacred Monkey Forest – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

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.

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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

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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)


After the monkey forest be sure to check out Beji Ayu, they are the best spa in Ubud!

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._DSC4687-001

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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Places to see in Bali Indonesia

Looking gor more to do in Bali?  Check out my friend Cynthia ‘s awesome guide to the island!

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Mike is a travel enthusiast, photographer and teacher. He loves adventure travel, meeting the locals and exploring new culture. As an outdoor enthusiast you can often find him hiking mountains or exploring forests trying to capture the beauty of mother nature. In 2013 he founded www.LiveTravelTeach.com as he left his home in America and has been teaching or traveling around the world ever since!

38 thoughts on “Sacred Monkey Forest – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

  1. What an amazing experience. I love monkeys, too. You have some beautiful photos there. I guess my best animal experience was staying at homestead outside Canberra Australia and seeing the wildlife there.

  2. I just love those mischievous little monkeys! I’ve heard how they can steal your wallets, snacks and whatever else you may be carrying, but they are so cute! Also those are awesome photo’s!

  3. Adding this one to my ever growing list! Love seeing animals throughout our travels and these little guys are too adorable not visit. We saw many different kinds of wildlife on our recent road trip through 13 different national parks and it was amazing! Thanks for sharing.

    1. I absolutely loved watching the babies. SOOOO adorable. One of them was trying to crawl away and its mom grabbed it by the tail. I couldn’t help but laugh

  4. Oh my god, these guys are so cute. We should be going to Bali this year so we will have to go and see them, thank you for sharing such an amazing place.

  5. Hey!

    You have no idea what I would do to roam around these precious monkies. Especially since I would have the opportunity to feed them. Amazing pictures btw!

  6. My trip into the Monkey Forest was a little different. We foolishly purchased the bananas from the stand right outside the forest. The monkeys came from every direction and stole them right our hands and then fought each other. It was crazy and pretty frightening.

  7. We have something similar in India too. These monkeys are around sacred shrines and they accept devotees offerings. Unless you play goofy with them, they are really friendly. We just buy 100’s of banana’s and they accept them very happily and just leave. Happy to read about similarities between Ubud & some of the places in India.

  8. My favorite part of travel is getting up close and personal with the locals (animals) They are too adorable I’d have trouble not getting too close!

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