If you do a Google search for the Sacred Ubud Monkey Forest there is no doubt that what will be returned to you is a long list of horror stories about naughty monkeys who prey on visitors and have no issue getting into your bags and pockets. In all honesty, that’s not entirely incorrect! Hidden deep in the forest are a tribe of monkeys who rule over the sacred temples and run wild amongst the visitors.

Officially known as the Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the 27 acres of protected grounds is home to over 605 long-tailed macaque monkeys, and three 14th century temples – Pura Puseh, Pura Desa and Pura Dalem. The forest is found at the end of the main street of Ubud, known as the cultural heart of Bali.

Within the forest you are able to purchase mini bananas that you can feed to the monkeys. In my opinion, this is half of the problem, with people reporting aggressive behaviour from the monkeys. The monkeys have learned people are bringing them food, and if they’re hungry, they have a tendency to jump on visitors to try and find a free meal. During my visit we only witnessed one aggressive monkey, who jumped on a lady’s shoulder and tried to pull her bun out! But apart from that, the monkeys were quite well behaved. Although, one did stick his hand into Thom’s pocket to see if he was hiding any food!

You can enter the monkey forest through one of three gates; the main one at the southern end of Monkey Forest Road, from 100m further east near the car park, or from the southern side on the lane from Nyuhkuning. Entry to the forest costs 20,000 IDR, and the grounds are open every day from 8:30am to 6pm.

Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud 
Jl. Monkey Forest
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started Explore Shaw to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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