The Ubud Monkey Forest Bali is one of the most popular things to do on the island. So here’s all the info for visiting and how to stay safe.
Ubud Monkey Forest is located directly in the centre of Ubud town.
If you plan on walking, it’s easy to find by turning off Jl. Hanoman and the road leading to it is actually called ‘Monkey Forest Street’.
We always choose to rent scooters, which start at around 50,000 IDR per day, and explore ourselves. However be sure to read up on our Renting A Scooter In Bali guide beforehand! If you’re looking for somewhere to rent scooters from you can book a trusted scooter rental here.
Another option is to rent a driver, which is pretty popular for day trips around Bali, and they start at around 500,000 IDR per day (8 hours). Here’s an easy link to book a private car with a driver for the day.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Monday – Sunday: 08:00 – 18:00
Adults: 80,000 IDR
Children: 60,000 IDR
Book your Monkey Forest Tour: Best of Ubud: Waterfall, Rice Terraces & Monkey Forest
Don’t touch the monkeys:
Although it is tempting to touch or feed the cute monkeys, you are advised against it. If they climb on you, just enjoy the experience and let them do as they please.
Don’t torment the monkeys:
Do not torment the monkeys in any way. They WILL bite you.
Don’t look the monkeys in eyes:
They see this as a sign of aggression and are likely to give you a nip if you stare right at them.
Feeding them bananas:
There are locals walking around selling bananas by the dozen. If you don’t want to associate with the monkeys, then we would recommend not buying any bananas and certainly don’t take any food in your bags, or they will know. You can purchase bananas and allow the monkey to run up your arm and take it if you like.
Lock everything in a day bag:
Make sure you have no loose belongings, and a secure day bag. Check that all the pockets on your bag are empty and close the zips. Don’t take your bag off or open it whilst you’re in the temple! Monkeys are like mini humans, they know exactly how take your belongings. Also hide away any sunglasses or any loose jewellery.
Be alert at all times:
Monkeys will sneak up behind you and even try to take your flip flops. Just stay alert and always be aware of your surroundings.
If you are attacked by a monkey it can pose serious risks. Rabies can sit dormant in animals for up to 2 years before they begin to show signs or symptoms of carrying it. If you get bitten or scratched by an animal that carries rabies in their system, it can fatal if immediate action is not taken. You should visit the nearest medical centre as soon as possible. Double check your travel insurance is up to date before visiting.
The Ubud Monkey Forest Bali is a great place if you want to get a real feel for the true culture and nature of Bali. It is home to a horde of grey long-tailed macaques and is one of Ubud’s most popular attractions.
The monkeys at Ubud Monkey Forest Bali are definitely the tamest we’ve seen in Asia. They have grown up around people their whole lives, so they are used to the constant humans passing through, day in day out.
Although we have met people that don’t want to set foot in the Monkey Forest because of the experiences they had or the stories they have heard from others.
It’s no secret that people have been bitten in Ubud Monkey Forest! However you can really have a great time if you do your research before visiting, and follow the safety precautions provided.
You can explore the forest and observe the monkeys at ease if you just remember they are not pets, they are wild animals. Monkeys can become territorial and aggressive in the blink of an eye so it’s important to follow the precautions.
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