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Ubud Monkey Forest
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrAttracting up to 15,000 tourists per month, the sacred Monkey Forest is one of the largest tourist attractions in Ubud, Bali. The area is home to around 300 long-tailed Macaques and 115 different species of trees. The Monkey Forest contains three holy temples that are still used by the Balinese people. The architecture and surroundings are fascinating, making you understand why the area is so blessed by the local village people. If you decide to stay in Ubud, Monkey Forest is a must for all visitors, it only costs around $ 1.50 USD for entry and you can stay as long as you want (well until it closes).
What to ExpectWhen you first arrive you will be overwhelmed by the amount of monkeys roaming the grounds. If you decide to bring in bananas, don’t expect to get very far as the Macaques will instantly snatch them from your hands and run off! Monkey Forest is a mesmerizing place and a great opportunity to see animals without them being locked up in cages. There are Macaques at all different ages from infants to adults, and if you are lucky you may even get a chance to see the families playing together. There are also some great photo opportunities to be had but keep your camera close, as it is common for the monkeys to take them from you!
When to GoThe Monkey Forest is open everyday from 8.30 AM to 6.30 PM and whichever time of day you go, you are guaranteed to see monkeys. The Monkey Forest is always busy but that doesn't affect the experience you will have. In fact, the Macaques are so used to humans now that the more people in the forest, the more monkeys you will see as they expect humans to feed them.
How To Get ThereIf you are staying in Ubud Village, Monkey Forest will be no more than a ten minute walk away. If you staying near to Denpasar , you can jump in a taxi and you will be at the Monkey Forest in roughly an hour. The Monkey Forest is located in proximity to a lot of the other attractions like Ubud Palace and the rice terraces, so if you are not in the area, you could make it a day of sight seeing.
Some Handy Safety TipsDo not have anything on show that can be easily taken. TheMacaques are very mischievous and would not hesitate to run off with your belongings.
Do not take food or drink in with you unless you are planning on giving it to the Macaques. They can smell food from a mile away and may approach you in large groups that can make you feel threatened.
Do not touch the Macaques as they can get very vicious. If they decide to jump on you keep calm! There are a lot of guides walking around that can assist if you get into trouble. Tourists get bitten by the monkeys everyday, and they can carry a variety of diseases. If you are sensible you will be fine, it’s the people that wind the monkeys up that get themselves into trouble.
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Author: LucyMclean. Last updated: Aug 10, 2014