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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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  • Good experience. Beautiful place. If you visit Bali, I would recommend to come to this Forest. around there are a lot of restaurants as well 
    Good experience. Beautiful place. If you visit Bali, I would recommend to come to this Forest. around there are a lot of restaurants as well  more »
  • I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was a really cool experience. It is a HUGE sanctuary, and there are SO many monkeys. I really enjoyed walking around, and the facility itself is gorgeous. Pay... 
    I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was a really cool experience. It is a HUGE sanctuary, and there are SO many monkeys. I really enjoyed walking around, and the facility itself is gorgeous. Pay...  more »
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  • Monkey Forest is the perfect attraction for all ages and a respite from the heat. You can spend a long time watching the monkeys play with each other. The park itself is beautiful. There are amazingly detailed statues everywhere. The monkeys are great just follow the rules. Don't make eye contact and carry your belongings tight. There are many ancient banyan trees. You may only need a couple hours at most to see everything. Definitely a place to see if you're in Ubud.
  • Would not do this again. The monkey forest is not a sanctuary. It is a tourist trap designed for people to indulge in exploitative photo opportunities with monkeys. These beautiful animals deserve better. We saw a Chinese tourist exiting one of the First Aid centres on his way to hospital after being bitten as well as two young girls foolishly holding a water bottle being chased by a monkey. Signs clearly state no water bottles. They also state "no feeding monkeys", yet the staff use food to get monkeys to sit and climb on tourists for pictures. This has conditioned the monkeys to climb on people. We kept our distance. All of my pictures were taken with a zoom lens and we kept moving, Staying still had you surrounded by monkeys who do not understand the difference between someone sitting down to rest and someone paying to have a picture taken by using food as an incentive. Beautiful Forest but not entirely comfortable with monkeys being used as props. I love monkeys but they are wild and deserve respect 🐒 I felt very sad for these monkeys and at times nervous for my safety 🐒 🙈 Edit update: the responses to poor reviews by the owner are a clear picture of what you get when you visit.

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