Monkey Around At The Ubud Monkey Forest & Sanctuary.
Most smaller animals with long tails freak me out. I think it started when my high school friend Richard bought me a massive white rat with a long pointy tail for my 17th birthday. Occasionally it would slither out of its homemade cage and wind up on top of the wire mesh. Trying to prod back in with a stick was not the most fun experience. Needless to say, I have been scarred for life :). I think this is why my experience in the Ubud Monkey Forest was more torturous than relaxing.
Upon first entering the Ubud Monkey Forest I was immediately inundated with the Balinese Long Tailed Monkeys that aren’t in cages or safely behind enclosures. They freely roam beside you, around you and on you. I spent my one hour trying to make sure not one of the over 700 monkeys came near me or attempt to hop on my back. Other visitors were braver than me and would entice the monkeys with bananas so they would hop on their shoulders to devour the sweet fruit. Some would hand the monkeys their water bottle and watch them gulp water like a seasoned pro. I have to admit it was quite cute to watch, but also disturbing at the same time. I don’t think animal welfare groups would appreciate any of this.
Although my walk through the Ubud’s Monkey Forest was spent dodging monkeys I did thoroughly enjoy the walk under the forest canopy. Whether you are a monkey lover or slightly apprehensive you will enjoy watching the monkeys swing through the trees, clean one another, fight over territory but also play like innocent toddlers.
- What: Ubud Monkey Forest
- Where: Ubud, Bali
- Hours: 8.30am – 6.00pm
- Price: Adults 50,000 IDR ($4). Children 40,000 IDR ($3)