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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: In this unusual place of worship, mischievous simians throng among sacred temples and lush greenery.
Sunshine Coast
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“Must see”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed in Ubud for 3 days in October just down the road from the Monkey Forest. We don't have monkeys in Australia so I guess we felt what our visitors feel when they come to our country and see the wild Kangaroos etc.
I had been given advise from some people back home to avoid the monkey's as they were savage and horrible, but I had to go and see them for myself anyway. It turned out to be a highlight of our trip. You buy bananas at the entrance, make sure you hide them well as the monkeys come to you looking for them, if you hve bananas hold your bag close to your front. You walk around the lovely temple gardens which is home to many many monkeys who once they spot a banana have no hesitation in climbing up to get one and then they will sit comfortably on your shoulder and eat it. I was surprised at how soft their hands and feet were, it was a lovely experience. If you don't want the monkeys to come to you, don't carry bananas and they will not be interested. The reputation they have of being savage is from the fact that if you are close and look them in the eye they see it as a threat and will pull a very nasty face at you which looks quite scarey, also they like 'stuff' and will pinch things from an open bag or pocket, so keep your loose things secured. Don't miss the track down to the beauriful waterfall area too.

Visited October 2012
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“A nice walk with beautiful trees”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

The sacred trees of great age and beauty are a real treat for nature lovers. The monkeys were entertaining. Despite being warned, one young woman bought a plastic bottle of water into the park. To be fair, i believe she was trying to put it into her bag but a monkey spotted it and gave us all a great show when he climbed right up her side, snatched it and made off with it. It took him a bit of effort to get the cap off of the bottle but he manage this and go a nice drink.

Visited September 2012
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“It's fun, different, exciting, yet nerve-racking at the same time!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

I recommend this activity, BUT don't touch the monkeys!! Respect them and they'll respect you. People were in there trying to pet them, etc. and they got bit/scratched. Just grab some bananas from up front and feed them as you walk through. If they jump on your back, just don't make any sudden moves and give them a banana. Remember..be calm.

Visited September 2012
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

i love it here go a few times. i just enjoy the monkeys, the people and the place . when we came back to bali at january the monkeys had lots of newborn babies. also lots of twins.

Visited August 2012
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“Must see!”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

I had never seen monkeys before so this was a special experience. The people warn you that the monkeys may come and grab your stuff from you so if you're planning on going, don't take the following with you or just take them off during your visit: hats, sun/glasses, drinks (bottles/cans), food, and anything else that they could grab from you. They are super cute and if you are interested, you can buy bananas to feed them too! Also, explore all of the trails in the forest, you will come across absolute beauty --> awesome for meditation for you're into that!

Visited May 2012
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