Ubud Monkey Forest

A monkey lover's dream

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What we say: 4 stars

The Monkey Forest in Ubud is in complete shade for most of the day so it's cool enough to stroll around without bother and a pleasant place to observe the hundreds of monkeys that live here.

The monkeys are of the macaque variety and live in loose groups throughout the forest. They are always on the hunt for food, so if you have any on your person, there is a good chance that they will smell it and try to steal it from you.

Many people choose to buy bananas at the front gate where the seller charges 20,000 rupiah which is about 10x the price in the market. Once these bananas have been purchased, it's rare to see a visitor make it more than 100m inside the front gate before they are all gone as monkeys will appear from everywhere and simply take them -- biting if necessary. The monkeys also love shiny objects, so water bottles, glasses, earrings and metal objects are often stolen so be on guard!

The forest itself contains a number of temples that visitors aren't permitted to enter but are an interesting distraction to take a look at from the outside.

Two paths lead to the river at the bottom of the valley in which the monkey forest sits. It's worthwhile walking down these paths to check out the gorgeous stream that has gouged a deep path through the countryside. A magnificent banyan tree and a number of interesting stone carvings are also situated at the bottom of the ravine and these sights are less frequently visited by the masses than the paths above.

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Last updated: 27th June, 2011

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