Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sangeh Monkey Forest is considered sacred. In the 17th century, Pura Bukit Sari temple was built in the forest. Some trees are over 300 years old, and initially, Sangeh forest served as the royal garden for the Mengwi Kingdom.
Upon entry, you'll receive a brochure in your language detailing what monkeys eat and their lifespan. Bananas are available for purchase at the entrance to feed the monkeys in the forest.
Sangeh is home to five mammal species, around 22 bird species, two amphibian species, and five insect species.
Approximately 700 macaques inhabit Sangeh now. You can observe them bathing in a small pond near benches. They are not afraid of people, so it's essential to be vigilant and not leave belongings unattended.
Local guides patrol the forest, ensuring proper interaction between monkeys and tourists. They use slingshots to deter monkeys in case of any threat. Sometimes they scold them, sometimes they use a sling-like device.
Similar to the Monkey Forest in Ubud, there are cages with sweet potatoes for the monkeys here. So, the park's residents are not hungry, but they gladly accept treats from tourists.
A notable attraction is the Lanang Wadon tree, with a cavity resembling genitalia to some visitors. It's located right at the forest entrance, and tourists often take photos near it.
The park also features the beautiful Pura Pucak Bukit Sari temple, which you can admire from outside since entering is prohibited.
The park is kept clean, with visible bins, and park attendants ensure cleanliness. If they see plastic litter, they pick it up and dispose of it properly.
- Before entering the forest, secure all valuables in a bag or leave them in the car.
- Remove large jewelry, glasses, and hats.
- Be cautious with food and water; monkeys might snatch them.
- Monkeys might be curious about water bottles.
- You can bring fruits for the monkeys, such as bananas, mandarins, or nuts.
- Conceal the fact that you have plenty of fruits (use a zipper bag or an opaque bag) to avoid persistent monkeys.
Sangeh is a popular spot for photoshoots, especially among local couples. On weekends, you might encounter many pre-wedding photoshoots.
Subjectively compared to the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Sangeh has a cheaper entrance fee, fewer tourists, but Ubud's forest has a more interesting landscape.
The entrance fee for foreigners is 30,000 IDR, and it includes parking.