In the afternoon of 7th June 2016, we planned to go to Monkey Forest after lunch. The walk to the forest with a rendezvous of monkeys was quite long from the center of Ubud, where we started. I also don’t advise you to rent a car or motorbike to the forest as the only street which directs to the forest is jammed for the almost the whole day! Moreover, it’s best to be eco-friendly and have some exercise to stroll the 15min walk.
At the entrance of the sacred forest, adults have to pay 40000 Rupiah and kids have to pay 30000 Rupiah to start the exciting and natural exploration which could end up with content memories.
We decided to walk slowly so that we could enjoy this the best as we could. Soon enough, we arrived at the centre of the forest which had many choices on what to see next. We chose the route that would let us catch our eyes to many complex structured temples. Mostly, I reckon Balinese temples.
At one point, we came across a temple wall made of stone. My dad asked me to be photo shooted, sitting on the steps on the wall. When I did, 2 monkeys, one on my hair and one on my lap, pounced on me. Fortunately, I remained calm and once it was done, I left them alone and looked at the photos. The monkey positioned on my hair was eating it, which meant maybe the monkeys liked the taste of my hair. Who knows?
After that weird experience, we headed downstairs to find a monkey trying to break open a coconut to suck its juice. The monkey tried to breach it with all its might. The unusual thing was that he was also trying to keep some green leaves together as he broke it, which was humorous. Unfortunately, he was not able to break it and was starting to be quite impatient.
As it was taking quite a long time, we soon left and were heading back to the central of the beautiful forest. We were going to leave soon as it was nearly 4pm already.
As we left sadly, we saw the last of the mischievous and playful monkeys. We said goodbye to this unique forest and walked away by the same way we took entering it.
The sun was setting and we were really hungry for dinner. We planned to eat at some cool place we could find around Ubud.
Finally, during our fast stroll back to the busy main road of the central of Ubud, I watched a thrilling soccer match which had a huge pack of spectators. The field is located a few hundred meters away from the main road. So, you could spend some time watching it at around 5pm-7pm, as a normal soccer match is 2h long, which includes the half time, too.
Overall, our retreat to the realistic and religious monkey forest was quite a hit, especially when my hair was eaten by the fond and young monkeys! To be treated like me, you must remain calm and do not panic. Just sit down near them and hope to wish you luck on what may be a good one for you!
Moreover, this monkeys are called Balinese Macaques monkeys, just for your info. Well, most of them.
Oh yeah, you also might see a few monkeys outside the forest because the street outside the lush green surroundings is called Monkey Forest Street!