Visiting both monkey forests gave us an insight into the nature and life of monkeys in Ubud. Both have similarities as well as some differences. Let’s check!
Ubud Monkey Forest, is the sanctuary and natural habitat of the Balinese long-tailed monkeys. We visited this one first and we loved it. It is a really big sanctuary with monkeys playing there right in front of you. About 1049 monkeys live in this sanctuary, divided into 7 groups. Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud is a famous tourist attraction in the center of Ubud. But more than that, it is an important component in the spiritual and economic life of the local community and important spot for research and conservation programs. Here you will find Balinese Hindu temples, tranquil rivers, beautiful moss-covered stones and stunning forested areas to explore. Monkeys are really playful and everybody can enjoy in their own habitat.
The Sacred Monkey Forest is open daily from 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM. The entrance fee is 80.000 IDR per person.
Sangeh monkey forest is way smaller, but so much adorable. We had a chance to feed the monkeys and play with them. The 14-hectare forest at Sangeh lies about 15 kilometers by road northwest of Ubud and is inhabited by roughly 700 long tail macaques (Macaca fascicularis) banded in three troupes.
What is special about these forests are Pala trees. Pala translates in Indonesian to nutmeg, however, the tree species here grow to 40 meters, and 2,000 here are interspersed with other species including mahogany, guava.
Sangeh Monkey Forest is open daily from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The entrance fee is 50.000 IDR per person.
BITTEN BY MONKEY:
I was attacked and bitten by monkey here in Sangeh Monkey forest. And I did not do anything wrong. I did not have any food or drink in my hands. I just went through the forest and observe the monkeys and one just wanted to attack me. Fortunately, monkey bite my back clothes, it was a little red skin, but nothing serious.
There are for sure certain rules you need to follow when visit monkey forests. No food or drinks in your hands, don’t feed the monkey! They know you have food even though it is hidden. Also keep glasses, caps and jewelry away. They can jump on you anytime and they won’t do anything. Monkeys are wild animals, not pets! And do not watch monkeys in the eyes, especially not males. This means you challenge them to fight. And do not scream!
Monkeys (as well as other animals in Bali and Indonesia) may have rabies or other viruses like herpes B or Hepatitis C. “If you get bitten or scratched you should immediately wash out your wound with soap and get a medical opinion.” However, if you follow the Sanctuary rules and don’t feed the monkeys, the likelihood of getting scratched or bitten is probably pretty low. But you never know. Pay attention!
Get lost in the monkey jungle 😉