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“Not Fun At All”

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 86 things to do in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: In this unusual place of worship, mischievous simians throng among sacred temples and lush greenery.
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

First of all these are wild monkeys in a population of hundreds. Expect them to act based on instinct. Second, they are aware that the forest is their territory. They are brazen. Lastly, you are on your own. Guards are practically useless.

I went there with my wife and two kids(4 and 1). We followed all rules and guidelines. Food, eye contact, neutral colors, etc. My wife was tending to my daughter in the amphitheater and a monkey goes near her and snatches her pearl earrings of her ear thinking this is food. Commotion ensues as it continues to threaten my wife. Lo and behold, no guard in the area and no one comes to take control. Take note the amphitheater is one of the most populated areas. My wife was scratched by the monkey.

It was only through the kindness of strangers, my fellow tourists that things calmed down and the pearl earring was retrieved.

We immediately headed out as my 4 year was in shock as she witnessed her mom being attacked by a monkey.

In the entrance, there was another tourist who was bitten by the monkey. Apparently we were still lucky with our experience.

Parents don’t risk it. It’s fun but not when you or your family is at risk.

2  Thank Neil C
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

Its around 2 kms from Central Ubud. There is a free shuttle service from Central Ubud so dont fall prey to private taxis quoting exorbitant prices. Max return price for 2 hrs is around 70-80K IDR. There are monkeys all around & if you have some food they will chase you around. You can ask the security to allow you to feed them. They may also sit on you if you wish so. If you leave them alone, they may not bother unless you have food on you. Nice place for a couple of hours. Entry is 50K IDR.

Thank Chintan s
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

Well maintained and the free monkeys to roam around. Had two jump on me as we were walking around. Great experience

Thank tracymagic123
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

When you come to Bali you shouldnt miss this. This place has changed a lot in facilities and service for tourist. They offer parking for small amount of money, guides and have clean toilets too.
When you enter the forrest just be careful of your things, once the monkey gets it you will not get it back. Dont wear any expensive jewllery or clothes because the monkey will jump on you and you will get dirty.
If you want to feed the monkey you can buy bananas there on the spot for 20000 IRD and 50000IRD, but I suggest to buy bananas or peanuts(unsalted) for cheaper in advance and bring it with you. To be able to make nice pictures buy more than one bunch of banana, the monkeys are quick and usually one bunch is not enough to make some pics
Dont forget to apply mosquito repelents on yourself before you go here.

1  Thank Kangaroo1234
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Definitely lovely to see the temple and the artwork. Monkeys were interesting to watch but I wasn't keen on feeding one or having it sit on me! If you are fine with that you might of enjoyed that aspect of the forest. Definitely something to see anyway.

Thank Mooney55
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