Whats a trip to Bali without visiting the famous Monkey Forest Sanctuary? Millions of people flock to Bali every year all looking for a difference experience. Whether they are their for the surf, the temples or just to have an amazing time, must have the Monkey Forest on their to do list.
What is the Monkey Forest?
If you have never heard of the Monkey Forest it is a sanctuary located in Ubud which is in Northern Bali, about an 1 1/2 from the Denpasar airport. The mission of the Monkey Forest is to honor the Hindu Principle of Tri Hata Karana. This is meant to unite us with the three goals which are peaceful relationships between humans and humans, humans and the natural environment and humans and The Supreme God. The forest is meant to unite humans with the natural environment and one another. At the same time it acts a sanctuary to protect monkeys and educate the public.
How much is it to visit?
Visiting the Monkey Forest is not an expensive experience it is 50,000 rupiah per adult or $3.79. This fee does go towards the maintenance and upkeep. You can also purchase food to feed the monkeys, this ranges between 5000 and 10000 rupiah.
What to Expect?
Now when visiting Monkey Forest it is very important to remember a few key things.
1st – Do not look at the monkeys directly in the eyes or smile (show teeth) this is considered a sign of aggression
2nd – Keep all loose articles (glasses, cell phones, cameras, etc) securely on your body or zipped in a back pack but keep it deep in your backpack or purse
3rd – Do not take ANYTHING that smells like food, such as actual food, lotion, gum, chapstick or water. Monkeys are like sharks with blood in the water and they will smell it a mile away. They are known for attacking people to get whatever they think you have hidden in your pack and they can unzip backpacks. I saw a monkey open a guys backpack and steal a banana and run off.
4th – Do not feed them, you will see plenty of people selling food. Once a monkey thinks you have food its very hard to get them to go away and they can be persistent.
5th – If a monkey steals something from you let them have it unless its very important. I saw a monkey steal an admission ticket from someone. She tried to grab it back it bared its teeth and starting snapping at her. Not worth it at all unless its something you can’t live without.
6th – HAVE FUN, most importantly have fun its an amazing place to visit and a great experience.
Whats there besides monkeys?
Beside the monkeys the grounds themselves are gorgeous. They have cute swing sets and amazing buildings all over the grounds. You can spend a good hour exploring and you will be plenty occupied.
Overall it is a must visit place, especially if you are staying in Ubud.
Keep a wandering spirit my friends and thanks for following along!