One of the main attractions in Ubud is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal temple is located within the sanctuary. Despite the age and dampness, the walls of the temple are covered with moss, and trees have grown up to the walls and structures. Nevertheless, ceremonies are still held there.
The monkeys here are the main inhabitants. Make sure to check the battery of your camera in advance, because you will have thousands of breathtaking angles and shots in this forest. Monkeys are happy to pose for you and can be fed with bananas and nuts bought from the keepers. However, be careful and attentive, remove any valuable things, glasses, hats, and other attractive objects from the monkeys. It is possible that not all of them can be exchanged for a treat.
The admission ticket to the monkey forest costs 80,000 rupiahs for adults. The park is open from 8:30 am to 6 pm. Don't play with the monkeys! They are still wild animals and can easily bite you! Such cases have occurred repeatedly. If it happens, go to the park staff and ask them to lead you to the park clinic. There, they will treat your wound and give you medication. Clinics in Ubud: Ubud Clinic, Toya Medika Clinic, and Ari Canti Hospital.
It is also possible to contact your insurance company for help. Such cases are easily covered.
Tips for visiting Monkey Forest
- Check your camera battery in advance.
- Buy bananas and nuts from the keepers to feed the monkeys.
- Remove any valuable items before entering the park.
- Don't play with the monkeys, they are still wild animals.
- In case of a monkey bite, ask the staff to take you to the park clinic nearby.
- Make sure to get a vaccination for tetanus and rabies as a precaution.
Note: Please be respectful of these animals as they are still wild, and can be dangerous if they feel provoked.