Monkey Forest (hide your shiny stuff)
The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud is an epic trifecta because it’s a:
- Lush jungle sanctuary for about 700 Macaca fascicularis or Balinese long-tailed macaque monkeys.
- Balinese spiritual hub for the local Padangtegal village hosting three temples: Pura Dalem (Shiva), Pura Prajapati (cremation), and a water purification temple (name unknown).
- Major tourist attraction recently upgraded with massive fee-based parking area and impressive super tall roofed ultra modern (for Bali standards) welcome centre.
If you want to get up-close and personal with Balinese wildlife, this is a must-do. But, hide your shiny stuff and don’t hide food on you or in your bag. These playful monkeys have a magnetic attraction to bling (if they see it) and can sniff out food on you if you have it. Feel free to feed the monkeys bananas. But, please treat them with kindness and respect as all animals should be treated.
Note: Facts here are cross-referenced with the official Monkey Forest website.