The Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia

Warning: extreme cuteness, and extreme grossness ahead:

Our friends Misti and Yvette came to Bali on their honeymoon. One story of theirs that really stood out for us was that of the monkey forest, and what NOT to do to a monkey. Just in case you’re wondering, it is not a good idea to take a stick away from a monkey. Right Misti?
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia
The Monkey Forest was only about a 15 minute walk from where we were staying (Jati Homestay). There is an entrance fee of IDR 20,000 (USD $2.25) per person to get in. You can also buy a bunch of bananas for the same price.

The bananas are for feeding the monkeys. Here’s how it works.

You hold a banana over your head in one hand.
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia
Then when you least expect it, a monkey will jump on you from behind,
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia
climb up your back, grab the banana,
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia
and sit on top of your head eating it.
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia
If there are no bananas handy, sweet potatoes work as well.

If you’re really lucky, two monkeys will jump on you.
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia
One of them may even try to take your glasses off your face – because they’re a shiny object and all.
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia
When that doesn’t work, one monkey might check your hair for lice and start grooming you.
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia
And if you are one of the luckiest people around, one of those monkeys will poop on your shoulder while it’s enjoying the snack you gave it.
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia
Yeah, I got pooped on. It’s that monkey. Right there. The one on the left (my right shoulder).
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia
Thankfully we were pretty close to a bathroom, so I was able to wash my shirt off.

The monkey forest is teeming with monkeys. It’s really quite amazing.

There are all kinds: from big dominant male monkeys with big teeth,
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia
to mammas nursing tiny baby monkeys.
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia
And they’re all so cute sporting their monkey Mohawks.
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia
Maybe that’s why they’re macaque monkeys.

To see more monkey pictures, visit our photos page – there is an entire album dedicated only to monkey pictures.

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