The Monkey Forest Sanctuary is located in the Ubud region, about a 2 hour scooter ride north of Bali. This place is located near the Tirta Empul water temple and the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. The Monkey forest itself is a beautiful tropical forest reserve with Balinese ruins located throughout.

Its exciting to see all the monkeys everywhere but I would advise you to proceed with caution as I experienced some very aggressive monkeys. One even bit me! Fortunately, it did not break the skin. Another one angrily chased after me and I was worried that his friends would join in. Images of multiple monkeys jumping on me and biting me were flashing through my mind, it was honestly quite terrifying. One way to avoid this is to not buy the bananas they have for sale to feed them bc they get crazy and fight and wont leave you alone once they see you have some. I still had a great time tho. However, do not wear sunglasses as I had a monkey steal the pair right off my face when I went to Uluwatu the next day.

All things considered, this place is a must see. Not all the monkeys are crazy, but as you can see in the video below, they will fight and be aggressive so be careful.

The Ubud Monkey Forest describes its mission as conservation of the area within its boundaries according to the Hindu principle of Tri Hata Karana (“Three ways to reach spiritual and physical well-being”), which seeks to make people live harmoniously during their lives. The “three ways” to this goal under the Tri Hata Karana doctrine are harmonious relationships between humans and humans, between humans and the natural environment, and between humans and The Supreme God. Accordingly, the Monkey Forest has a philosophical goal of creating peace and harmony for visitors from all over the world. It also seeks to conserve rare plants and animals for use in Hindu rituals and to provide a natural laboratory for educational institutions, with a particular emphasis on research into the social interaction of the park’s monkeys with one another and their interaction with the park’s natural environment.

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