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The Wild Monkeys of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary July 7, 2016

The Wild Monkeys of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

GPS waypoint: 8°31'08.5"S 115°15'31.2"E
Admission: 40k/adult | 30k/child 3-12 years old
Operating Hours: 8:30am to 6:00pm
Ticketing Hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Monkey Forest in a City?
Yes, there really is a monkey forest in the heart of Ubud - and they're running around knowing fully well they own the place! Humans are second class citizens here in the realm of Hanuman, the Monkey God.

The Wild Monkeys of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
selfie with the rock stars of Monkey Forest

Park System
Monkey Forest is spectacular - even without the monkeys, it's a worthwhile destination on it own for its natural landscaping, relief system and the added facilities like the wooden boardwalks on a canyon side while the river runs through. It has temples, souvenir shops, stages, bridges, galleries, a clinic, etc. I find this place even more exciting than the 1 kilometer2 Botanical Gardens of Bogor (Java).

Hanuman, the Monkey God
With Hinduism as the majority religion in Bali, there is a natural devotion to its deities, one of them being Hanuman, the Monkey God. In Hinduism, Hanuman is a staunch devotee of Rama. He is mentioned in several Hindu texts like Mahabharata, but most specially in Ramayana where he played a central role exemplifying devotion and loyalty to Rama. Hanuman's renowned strength as a result of his celibacy is popular among Indian wrestlers.

Monkeys
As of June 2016, there were 678 monkeys belonging to 6 distinct groups with its own home range. I wonder how they determined the grouping and home range when seemingly the monkeys are just randomly all over the place with no boundary lines. You don't see them clustered together as one group like a herd of sheep. Just my thought bubble.

Dos and Donts

  • don't look them in the eye as they see this as aggression
  • don't run when they approach you...always keep calm
  • don't bring any visible plastic bag as they might grab it mistaking it for food
  • when they try to grab something from you, never pull it back
  • don't touch the monkeys specially the babies

Ending Thoughts
These are probably the luckiest monkeys on the planet. They are free to roam in an expansive jungle-like environment even Tarzan would dream about. They have no predators and the only thing they have to do is eat, sleep and mate. Wow! That's the life. They're even better off than the herd of white spotted dear on the grounds of the presidential palace in Bogor because these monkeys have a natural environment. With its proximity to the main town and its affordable admission, it's sinful to miss the Monkey Forest when you're in Ubud.

--- TheLoneRider

monkeys reign  supreme in Monkey Forest entrance to Monkey Forest from the street monkeys roam freely like one of us this is as close as I can be to a monkey and still be comfortable
monkeys are the rock stars here...they are given more food by tourists than they can handle meeting Perkins and MariGreys of the Philippiines. I don't usually meet Pinoy backpackers wooden bridge crossing the wooden footwalk on the steep slope of a canyon
dragons on guard (not the guy in the white shirt...ha-ha) devotion is everywhere intricate root system river running through  the park
meeting Marija from Lithuania even Tarzan would dream of a place like this monkeys are very communal spending lots of time grooming each other tourist making an offering a monkey can't refuse
merchandising on the forest grounds yes, they jump from rooftops to treetops an elderly lady making devotional ornaments monkey game...I used to play this game as a kid
losing myself in the myriad layout of the forest open spaces on temple grounds inside the forest many characters/deities adorn the temples making friends
hmmm....monkey porn? with all the live monkeys, I don't know why they have to make cement monkeys since I can't look a monkey in the eye, I'll settle for a cement monkey cuddle time!!!
if you put a banana on your your head, the monkey goes on top of you...don't panic can't help it if I see open spaces...and not too many people temple spaces reserved for prayer rest stop

Google Map Bali, Indonesia

tourist attractions in Bali tourist attractions
  • Pasar Seni Ubud (market) in Bali Pasar Seni Ubud (market) - main market in Ubud with everything touristy you can ask for
  • Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave in Bali Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) - 9th century Buddhist temple
  • Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Bali Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - there really is a monkey forest right in the heart of Ubud!
  • Jalan Kajeng in Bali Jalan Kajeng - animated street similar to Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Nyuh Kuning in Bali Nyuh Kuning - wood carving village with a burgeoning chic cafe and resto scene along Jalan Nyuh Gading
  • Ubud Royal Palace in Bali Ubud Royal Palace - home of the royal family
  • Campuhan Ridge Walk in Bali Campuhan Ridge Walk - spectacular ridge view and hike ending 1km to the artists' village, Bangkiang Sidem | 8°30'13.0"S 115°15'16.9"E
hotels in Bali - hotel
  • Ubud Backpackers Room Ubud Backpackers Room - newly constructed, all new and clean, lockers, good water pressure, compli tea and coffee, spacious and alfresco chillout center
    Jalan Nyuh Kuning, Pengosekan, Ubud, MAS, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali - 8°31'36.5"S 115°15'41.3"E
  • Nando House Nando House - free WiFi, restaurant, terrace, free private parking, pet-friendly accommodation, private bathroom, room service
    Jalan Subak Sok Wayah, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia - 8°30'14.4"S 115°15'28.6"E
yoga in Ubud, Bali yoga
  • The Yoga Barn The Yoga Barn - full service yoga studio, holistic healing retreat center
    PT. Yoga Barn, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud - Bali, Indonesia - 80571
    8°31'08.4"S 115°15'52.4"E
  • Ubud Yoga House Ubud Yoga House - yoga for Every Body...all shapes, sizes, ages & levels
    Jl. Raya Ubud No.23, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
    8°30'07.0"S 115°15'30.5"E | 0821-4418-1058
  • Taman Hati Yoga Taman Hati Yoga - Pranawayu yoga and Kundalini yoga
    Jalan Nyuh Gading No.7, Ubud, MAS, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
    8°31'32.7"S 115°15'24.6"E | +62 (0)361-974-058 | tamanhatiyoga.bali@gmail.com
  • Ubud Yoga Centre Ubud Yoga Centre - Ashtanga Yoga
    Jalan Nyuh Kuning Raya / Singakerta Raya, Ubud, MAS, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
    8°31'43.0"S 115°15'15.5"E | +62 812-1020-389 | hello@ubudyogacentre.com
  • Intuitive Flow Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio - Healing, Yoga, Meditation with a breathtaking view
    Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Penestanan Kaja, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
    8°30'10.8"S 115°15'07.8"E | +62-361-977-824 | contact@intuitiveflow.com
  • Ambar Ashram Ambar Ashram Laughter Yoga - Healing, Laughter Yoga, Meditation
    Jl. Nyuh Bojog No.5, MAS, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
    8°31'21.2"S 115°15'22.0"E
  • Radiantly Alive Yoga Radiantly Alive Yoga - Vinyasa Yoga, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Iyengar Inspired, Pilates, Fly High, Roll and Release, Ashtanga Mysore, Yoga Dance, Salsa, Arm Balance Foundations, Beginners Yoga
    Jl Jembawan no.3, Padang Tegal Kaja Ubud, Bali, 80571
    +62 (0)361 978 055 | 8°30'33.7"S 115°16'01.2"E
  • White Lotus Yoga & Meditation Centre White Lotus Meditation Centre - Meditation classes | Meditation retreats
    JL. Kajeng 23, Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
    +62 899-0134-962 | 8°30'12.9"S 115°15'43.1"E
  • ONEWORLD retreats ONEWORLD retreats - yoga, meditation, spa and discoveries
    Jl. Suweta, Banjar Sambahan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
    +62 361 289752 | info@oneworldretreats.com
restaurant in Bali - restaurant
  • Warung Eateries warung eateries - a cluster of roadside eateries, essential for those on a budget or those who want authentic Balinese everyday food at local prices
    across the Pertamina Gas Station - 8°31'28.2"S 115°15'49.0"E
  • Nando's Warung Resto Nando's Warung - delicious Balinese food at local warung price in a garden setting
    Jalan Subak Sok Wayah, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia - 8°30'14.4"S 115°15'28.6"E
motorcycle rental in Bali - motorcycle rental
  • D&D Rental D&D Rental - motorcycle and bicycle rental, tours, tourist information center
    Pengosikan Street, Ubud

Ubud FYI / Tips

  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is concentrated within the rectangular area covered by Jalan Raya Ubud, Jalan Hanuman and Jalan Monkey Forest. Best to book your hotel within this area

How to Get to Ubud from Denpasar Airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport)

  1. best, cheapest, fastest and most comfortable (this is what I did for Ubud and in Singapore) - at the airport, talk to other white travelers waiting on the same gate if they are going to Ubud. Arrange for a taxi pool. With 3 guys, you split the taxi fare (usually IDR 200k + IDR 5k for airport entrance) three-ways. You end up paying just slightly more (IDR 68k) than roughing it through a series of bemos and vans.
  2. take a bemo (public bus) to Kuta (IDR 6k) then take a shuttle bus by Perama to Ubud (IDR 50k)

Ubud Cost Index

(US$1 = Indonesian Rupiah IDR 13,140 = Philippines Php 47.00 as of July 1, 2016)
  • IDR 30-35k one small bottle beer with live band
  • IDR 4.5k 1.5 liter drinking water
  • IDR 70k one hour massage
  • IDR 15k warung food in hawker style food cart
  • IDR 15 coffee in trendy cafes
  • IDR 35k bicycle rental
  • IDR 20k per kilo or IDR 2k/piece laundry (although I've seen one at IDR 8k per kilo)
  • IDR 60k shuttle to airport
  • IDR 130k bunk bed in a dorm room, shared toilet
  • IDR 8k internet cafe
  • IDR 50k haircut
  • IDR 80k cultural performances
  • IDR 130k standard drop-in yoga class

Indonesia Blogs by TheLoneRider

    Jakarta, Java

  1. A First-timer in Jakarta June 23-25, 2016
  2. Bandung, Java

  3. Visiting the White Crater (Kawa Putih) of Bandung Jun 28, 2016
  4. Bogor, Java

  5. Exploring Bogor, Indonesia Jun 25-27, 2016
  6. Ubud, Bali

  7. 21 Days of Abundance, Yoga and Friendship in Ubud June 30-July 21, 2016
  8. Hatha Yoga with Andrea Paige at The Yoga Barn July 21, 2016
  9. Roll and Release by Rusty Davis at Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio July 20, 2016
  10. Kundalini Yoga with Ketut Bandiastra at Taman Hati Yoga Ashram July 20, 2016
  11. Kundalini Meditative Movement with Sandeh at White Lotus Meditation Center July 19, 2016
  12. Andrea Paige - Health Crusader and Yogini July 18, 2016
  13. Power Yoga with Ni Made Murni at The Yoga Barn July 18, 2016
  14. Vinyasa Yoga with Daniel Aaron at Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio July 17, 2016
  15. Mass Cremation (Ngaben) in Ubud with Louisa July 16, 2016
  16. Mysore Ashtanga with Laruga at Ubud Yoga Center July 15, 2016
  17. Kalimasada at Yayasan Segara Giri July 14, 2016
  18. Hiking Campuhan Ridge July 14, 2016
  19. Vinyasa Flow with Nina at Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio July 14, 2016
  20. Laughter Yoga with Kadek Suambara at Ambar Ashram July 12, 2016
  21. Dance til you Drop at Bollywood Night with Punnu Wasu July 11, 2016
  22. Mayan Calendar Readings by Vasumi July 10, 2016
  23. Yoga Pranala with Chiara at Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio July 10, 2016
  24. Visiting the Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah) July 9, 2016
  25. Pranawayu Yoga with I Ketut Bandiastra, S. Ag at Taman Hati Yoga Ashram July 7, 2016
  26. Astrology Talk at The Yoga Barn July 6, 2016
  27. Yoga with Sasha Lang at the Ubud Yoga House July 6, 2016
  28. Ananda Mandala Meditation by Punnu Wasu at The Yoga Barn Jul 4/5, 2016
  29. The Wild Monkeys of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary July 7, 2016

Popular Destinations In Bali

  • Amed Amed - beach, scuba diving and fishing villages stretching for 15 kms along the coast
  • Lake Beratan Lake Beratan - area surrounding this lake has temples, produce market, waterfall, cool climate
  • Candi Dasa RC Candi Dasa RC - beaches, scuba diving, snorkeling
  • Kuta Kuta - party town with cheap food, lodging and booze
  • Munduk Munduk - quiet mountain getaway 800 masl
  • Sideman Sideman - trekking fields along villages near the volcano, Gunung Agung
  • Ubud Ubud - expensive and sophisticated with trendy restaurants, cafes, galleries, yoga studios and cultural offerings



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