Just outside of Ubud on the island of Bali, in a stunningly beautiful forest, lies a temple dedicated to the sacred monyet (monkey). But this is more than just a forest, it’s an adventure … so get ready for a Monkey Encounter.
The monkeys in Monkey Forest are sacred and used to getting their own way. Hold on to your hat (and anything else that’s not glued to your body) as you enter the forest … they are everywhere, and they know that bananas and other treats may be hiding in pockets and purses. Keep your camera ready to capture photos and a few laughs, and watch as they descend to search visitors who didn’t follow the warning at the gate: Don’t feed the monkeys.
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For a safe and memorable visit, follow these tips:
1. Don’t carry anything with a smell (like food, gum or baby wipes) in your bags or pockets, because if they smell something they’ll do anything possible to get it.
2. If they climb on you don’t worry, they’ll leave as soon as they realize you have nothing.
3. Don’t fight them if they want something. Let them take it; they’re stronger than you are. Just tell an attendant and he will get it back for you.
4. Remember that these monkeys are wild and if cornered, will defend themselves with teeth ablaze.
5. The temple is beautiful and worth a visit. They will ask you to wear a sarong to show respect while you’re inside (available for rent).
6. Descend the long steps and follow the trail along the river for some memorable scenery.