The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ...Ubud
Don't look them in the eyes...they may become aggressive! They will steal your water bottle! Don't carry your camera in your hand.....they will grab it from you! Don't wear earrings.....they are attracted by shiny, dangly things and will rip them out of your ears! They will steal your sunglasses! They can unzip your backpack and look for food! Wow, should we risk a visit to the Monkey Forest? We love danger and we love it here, so yes let's go! Actually, we did see some instances of these things happening, but only when the monkeys were encouraged and allowed to do so, like the girl who held her backpack out to the monkey to see if it would unzip it, and yes, the monkey did it easily. You are allowed to feed the monkeys, and if you stand still with your hand stretched out with food in it, they will climb up and lay on your arm to eat out of your hand. Not to worry, the hundreds of monkeys are well controlled by the dozens of park workers who can quickly end a close encounter with a hand gesture, a hand clicker, or from a longer distance by a stone from their slingshot.
The monkeys are not the only reason to visit the Sanctuary. The ubiquitous temples with intricate carvings, the rock pathway alongside a rushing stream, the countless photo ops and the Avatar-like trees that truly look otherworldly all are each deserving of a day in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary of Ubud.