Monkey Forest in Ubud!!
The place was on my list of things to see before I even left for Bali! Saying that, I changed my mind numerous times whether I wanted to go there or not as I was a bit scared of the monkeys!
I had no vaccinations done before going to Bali so was very aware of all the animal world of the island! Talking about animals, I haven’t met many cats there at all and Bali dogs were totally Zen! Whether it was the smells of the incense sticks or the prayers or the heat.. or the combination of all of them.. they were totally harmless and wouldn’t even move out of your way either out of laziness or the heat!
Monkeys though were a completely different kettle of fish! The sign at the entrance stated to have no jewellery, no glasses, no food and warned against looking them in the eye! So you can imaging that when we entered the jungle I was a bit on edge.
It all turned out to be pretty safe. There were hundreds of monkeys in the jungle of all sizes, ages and shapes. Baby monkeys were super cute and it was really cool to observe them eating, playing and having fun!
The jungle was amazing though! It has a little river and a mini waterfall, as well as loads of beautiful trees!
The whole experience was great and it was so good to see monkeys living in the wild with no cages or restrictions! I’m not a big fan of Zoos as I don’t like seeing animals locked up in cages – it was a completely different story seeing them run around free and happy and it felt good to be there!
It takes just over an hour to go around the place. There are a couple of temples in the jungle, loads of paths and loads of greens! It is very safe as long as you don’t feed the monkeys and there are a lot of staff all over the place as well.
Monkeys also come out of the jungle and you can see them on the cables above your head or out and about munching on fruit and whatever else they can get hold of!
Another fab experience and a great day out!