Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud

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Both a protected reserve and a temple complex, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary shelters several hundred long-tailed Balinese macaques. The monkeys get their nourishment from the forest staff, which feeds them sweet potatoes several times a day. Though you can't give the monkeys peanuts, cookies, or other snacks, you can purchase bananas if you want to feed the little ones yourself--just be prepared for a lot of attention from these cheeky creatures, and stow away valuables and shiny objects. This jungle sanctuary contains three temples, allegedly constructed in the 14th century. Keep in mind you can enter sacred sections of the temples only if you wear traditional praying clothes. Stop by the forest office near the main entrance, which accepts donations and provides detailed information about the sanctuary's history and significance. Using our custom trip planner, Ubud attractions like Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We had a great time here and cannot recommend enough. For a reasonable price you can spend as long as you went walking around the incredible jungle and temples. And the monkeys are non stop...  more »
  • I was so lucky to come to the monkey forest when no tourist were allowed in the country so we basically had it to ourselves. The monkeys are very cute and they won't attack you, no need to be scared.....  more »
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  • During our trip to Bali we hired a personal tour guide to show us around the island and take us to some of the best attractions in the area. At the end of our day tour, we stopped at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. This was definitely an experience I have never had before. Our tour guide was like the Monkey Whisperer, he would feed them and had them sit where he asked. It made for some great photo opportunities and was a great experience to share in this sanctuary. The monkeys are not in cages and are free to explore the area as they please, it makes you experience them in their natural habitat. The property is very beautiful and is well kept by its keepers, it is in a large area which is easy to get around and not too crowded.
  • Nice place to visit. But be aware - don't look at the monkeys' eyes, they became aggressive and can attack. We weren't notified about this and the first monkey attacked us. Also I wouldn't recommend this place for little kids, you never know what to expect from monkeys. But otherwise - it was interesting experience to see so many monkeys around. Little baby-monkeys are adorable and cute, they are not aggressive and sometimes can play with visitors. You can bring bananas to feed animals. Look careful after sunglasses, phones, hats and other stuff.

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