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.
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