The Monkey Forest In Ubud is located in the uplands of Bali and is filled with hundreds of playful monkeys from babies to big adults. It’s a great day activity to see all the monkeys relaxing and playing in a massive jungle sanctuary filled with overgrown trees and lush vines. It feels like you are actually in the jungle.
How to get to the Monkey Forest In Ubud
We drove on our scooter to the Monkey Forest in Ubud straight after visiting Tegalalang Rice Terrace as they are only 20 minutes apart.
Where to stay in Bali
There are plenty of popular areas to stay in Bali. For people looking for a base or villa to rent for a while, Canggu is the perfect spot with cafes and restaurants right near the beach. If you’re on holiday for a short amount of time and looking for a hotel, then Kuta or Seminyak is great for clubs, bars and cheap shopping. While in Bali we stayed at Riyuri Guesthouse in Canggu. They have beautiful rooms in a great location so we definitely recommend checking them out!
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We arrived at the Monkey Forest in Ubud just before 11am and paid 50k IDR per person for entry. It cost an additional 2k IDR for parking. As expected, at this time it is very busy with lots of other tourists visiting the sanctuary. As soon as you enter, you are surrounded by dozens of monkeys relaxing and running around playing. We spent around 2 hours here taking photos of the monkeys and walking around the complex.
What to expect
The complex itself is very large and surrounded by tall trees and lush greenery. You feel like you’re in the middle of the jungle.
Some of the monkeys are very cheeky and they’ll also try and grab your bag or any belongings. I had a monkey jump onto my bag and try grab my sunglasses. The employees will tell you to remain calm if a monkey jumps on you and to just keep walking. Screaming and freaking out can startle the monkey and cause them to react badly.
Some of the guards here will make it hard for you to take photos close to the monkeys as they want you to purchase food to feed the monkey to then take a photo with it. You can purchase a bunch of bananas for 50k IDR and have the monkeys climb on you for a photo. It’s a fun experience although the monkeys can be rough and it’s overwhelming at times, however you will get use to their friendly and funny personalities.
We had a great fun time visiting the monkeys and taking a break from all the beaches and waterfalls. For some more spots to visit in Bali, be sure to check out our top instagram spots in Bali blog!