Monkeyface: The Monkey Forest in Ubud

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!

 

Monkeyface! - Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali

Monkeyface! - Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali

Bananas for sale! Banana stall at the side entrance to Monkey Forest in Ubud

Bananas for sale! Banana stall at the side entrance to Monkey Forest in Ubud

A sleeping monkey grand-dad in Monkey Forest, Ubud

A sleeping monkey grand-dad in Monkey Forest, Ubud

Nice big monkey family in Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

Nice big monkey family in Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

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2 thoughts on “Monkeyface: The Monkey Forest in Ubud

  1. Finally, photos! The Monkey exhibit used to be my favorite at the Milwaukee Zoo (Wisconsin, USA) while growing up. I still have old snapshots I took over the years stashed away somewhere. Never had the opportunity to see them in the wild, though. My significant other, Mimi, who grew up in Colombia, has often shared her fondness of ‘teetees’, a species of small monkeys common in Colombia. Monkeys are definitely a joy to observe and photograph. But I have heard that they can get mean at times, so observer beware.

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