Before flying to Bali, one of my foremost anticipations was to see free-spirited monkeys, doing what monkeys do, but outside of captivation in the wild.
Following a 1 and a half hour taxi-ride from the busy Legion Street that cost 200,000 Rupiahs (about £14 – much too expensive for the first leg of my trip!), we arrived in what is referred to as the ‘cultural heart of Bali’ – Ubud.
This is not an understatement (though I haven’t seen much apart from Kuta, Seminyak, Ubud and Sengiggi in Lompok) as Ubud is full of arts and crafts stores, batik art schools, temples with daily live performances of Balinese Barong, Kecak or Legong dances… shows with orchestras playing the gamelan (a Balinese percussion instrument)…galleries… museums… and many, many studios.
Nonetheless, my priority was seeing the crazy, little monkeys… luckily I chose not to buy any bananas before entering Monkey Forest… as those who made their pre-entry purchase ended up with monkeys jumping directly on them!