Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Monkey Forest in Ubud


With the high street named after it, The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is Ubud’s #1 point of interest. It’s home to around 600 long-tailed macaques, a temple, a sacred pool and 80 different species of trees. I went in for a visit just after I’d arrived in Ubud and checked into my hotel. It sits on the southern edge of Ubud, with the entrance tucked away in the corner of JL Monkey Forest. As I approached that the park I was greeted by some of the more curious monkeys that had left the forest for a little wander around town.

Monkey Forest in Ubud

The park is well kept and there are rangers throughout the forest who are happy to answer any questions you have. The monkeys are quite friendly to visitors especially to the ones who have bananas, wear hats or sunglasses. After my encounter with a macaque in Malaysia hanging off my backpack, refusing to let go, I decided to keep my distance a little bit.

The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud

                          This photo of Monkey Forest is courtesy of TripAdvisor

I sat down on a bench and let the monkeys and visitors entertain me for a while, which was as funny as a barrel of er... monkeys. I watched a group of young macaques play in a fountain. They were jumping off the side of it into the water, climbing back out and onto the edge again, ready to make another splash. Not unlike what I used to do with my little brother when we were kids. I watched a mum macaque feeding her extremely cute baby and looking for flees in its fur at the same time. I watched a screaming Dutch woman frantically jumping up and down, trying to get a monkey off her shoulder, while her husband was taking photos. I carried on down towards the sacred pool, where a ranger was doing his best to retrieve an Australian woman’s sunglasses one little bugger was playing with high up in a tree.

The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud

                             This photo of Monkey Forest is courtesy of TripAdvisor

After about an hour I was ready to leave the park and headed towards the exit. However, there was a massive male, sitting in the middle of the footpath, grunting and blocking my way. As I wasn’t keen to enter into an argument with the massive macaques male, I took a little detour and found my way out. It’s probably best I did. A friend of mine visited the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud a few months later and while playing with one of the monkeys, she got bitten. She went home with a set of teeth marks in her hand and a hefty hospital bill for a couple of rabies
shots. Don't say I didn't warn you.

The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud
                            This photo of Monkey Forest is courtesy of TripAdvisor

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