Monday, May 1, 2017

Things to Do in Ubud : Play with Monkeys at Ubud Monkey Forest


It was already late in the afternoon when we visited the Ubud Monkey Forest. It was raining cats and dogs in the afternoon so we were stranded somewhere in Ubud waiting for the rain to subside. The entrance at Ubud Monkey Forest closes at 5:30PM and we arrived around 5PM so we have basically an hour to explore the whole place since they allow visitors to stay until 6PM.


The Ubud Monkey Forest is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bali. It is estimated to receive around 10,000 tourists every month according to its website. It lies within the village of Padangtegal, which actually owns it. The village's residents consider the Monkey Forest as an important educational, economic, spiritual, and conservation center for the village. Aside from the hundreds of monkeys (approximately 700) living in this forest, you can also see different species of trees and  enjoy a breath of fresh air. (Read: Exploring Bali's Batuan Temple)



We've already heard lots of stories about monkeys attacking people or taking their belongings so we were extra careful. We made sure that we follow the guideline set by the forest authorities. We kept our jewelries, bags and other valuables in the car. We only brought our phones and camera.


During our stay in the Monkey Forest, we didn't encounter any untoward incident, in fact we really enjoyed seeing the monkeys play with other tourists.



The entrance fee to the monkey forest is IDR50,000 (roughly US$4) for adults and IDR40,000 (US$3) for children. The park is open daily at 8:30AM to 6PM but you must be at the gate before 5:30PM otherwise you will not be allowed to enter.
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