Jul 19, 2012

3 Quick Tips For Surviving Bali’s Monkey Forest

Monkies on Bali's Monkey Forest

via: Rajesh_India

Bali’s Monkey Forest transports you into a sacred natural space where ancient spirituality meshes with Hinduism, where monkeys overtake ancient temples, and where over 15,000 tourists visit every month. The natural reserve is also known as Ubud Monkey Forest, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, or Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, and is one of Bali’s most popular attractions.

Located in Ubud, the Monkey Forest is owned by the village of Padangtegal, and managed by the Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation. Of course, by “managed,” we’re talking about maintenance and general upkeep. There are no guides at the reserve, and no helpful signage for visitors, so we put together a top-3-list of things to keep in mind when planning a visit to Ubud’s Monkey Forest.

Bali's Monkey Forest

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The forest features over 600 long-tailed macaques (Macaca Fascicuiaris) and one-hundred-fifteen species of trees. These are remarkable numbers for a park that is about 1/10 of a square kilometer in size. Macaques are a common species found throughout Southeast Asia, and are known to thrive in areas where they come into contact with humans regularly, and the Monkey Forest is no exception.

1) Feed The Monkeys If You Dare

Baby Monkey at Bali's Monkey Forest

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These aren’t pets – they’re wild animals, and they can and do bite people everyday at the reserve. In many cases their bites won’t break skin. It’s probably best to be up to date on your rabies shots just in case.

There are bananas for sale at the entrance to Monkey Forest. If you’re feeling adventurous and willing to be crawled on by monkeys, we suggest buying bananas halfway through your walk through the forest. This will allow you to avoid some of the opportunistic and potentially more aggressive monkeys at the entrance to the forest.

2) Leave Your Personal Items Behind

Monkey Forest Photo

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(Your trip could be smooth sailing.)

Monkey Stealing Water

via: Halans

(Or you could lose your water)

Monkey Stealing Water Bali Forest

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Stolen Water Monkey Forest Bali

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Be careful with any personal belongings that the monkeys could steal from you, they are quite clever. Cameras, jewelry, purses, sunglasses, and hats are common goods that are stolen in the park. Make sure that any personal items are tied to you and not accessible to the macaques. Do not bring food to Monkey Forest unless you’re prepared to feed the monkeys.

3) Avoid Monkey Forest In The Morning

Monkies Wrestling Bali Monkey Forest

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 (Don’t Visit Now!)

Resting Monkey in Bali's Monkey Forest

via: Rajesh_India

(Visit Now!)

Avoid the forest during the morning, as the monkeys are typically hungry and more aggressive during these hours. In the afternoon, after hundreds of guests have fed the macaques they are usually more docile and patient.

With an entrance fee of Rp. 20,000, Ubud Monkey Forest is one of the best values in Bali. If you follow these simple tips, you’ll have a great time!

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