Travel Photo Thursday — May 30th, 2013 — Ubud’s Monkeys

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Bali, Travel Photo Thursday, Uncategorized | 29 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. The end of the semester is looming, and things are becoming frantic. I leave for Canada on June 22nd, and I have so much to do before I literally take off. I’m trying not to panic!  I know that between all the work stuff and the personal it’s going to be a whirlwind couple of weeks. Deep breath, I will get through it. Soon, I’ll be enjoying Vancouver, and then my home, Nova Scotia. Today, I’m not taking you to Canada, but to Bali and the monkeys of Ubud’s Monkey Forest Road. Here are two of my favorite photos from my time there.

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Don’t they look serene and harmless? Well, don’t ever let your guard down in the monkey forest. These critters can be very aggressive when they want to be, and will stop at nothing to steal your bag or sunglasses…anything! I once had one grab my water bottle right out of my hand. When he discovered that it only contained water, he flung it to the ground in disgust. Bananas can be purchased at the entrance, if you do want to feed them.

 

Are You Really Having Fun?

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Mom and Baby (Bali)

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Travelers Tip

Monkey Forest is located at the very end of Ubud’s Monkey Forest Road. There is a very small charge to enter. The forest is open from sunrise to sunset. The monkeys can be quite aggressive, so I would not recommend going in there if it’s dark. You will also encounter monkeys around the entrance area, so watch your belongings. They think nothing of grabbing whatever you have out on “offer”. Chances are, you would never get it back. Hide those bling sunglasses!

Monkey Forest is a sacred place for the Balinese. There is an ancient temple on the grounds, and depending on the time of month or year there can be ceremonies happening. The Balinese welcome visitors at these ceremonies. However, remember to dress accordingly. Ask at your hotel, to find out when a ceremony will be happening, and how to dress.

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Have you been to Ubud’s Monkey Forest? What did you think?

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29 Comments

  1. These monkeys are adorable! I especially love the babies clinging to their moms. I have heard stories of how daring these monkeys are. I may be a bit leery visiting this but I’m sure it’s such an unforgettable experience.

    • Mary, the moms with babes were not so aggressive. However, the others were just over the top at times!

  2. Have a wonderful trip to Canada.
    Sorry to say, the Monkey Forest is one of the last places I would want to visit. The monkeys are so agressive I have heard. Although I must say your picture of the mother and baby is lovely.
    Have a wonderful week. And thank you for hosting Travel Photo Thursday.

    • Thanks, Jill. I am really looking forward to being in Canada for a while. Honestly, I am not a big fan of monkey forest either. I did luck in with these shots.

  3. What a fabulous couple of photos – with so much detail. I think I’d buy a big bunch of bananas before getting anywhere near those monkeys.

    I’ll be in Nova Scotia from June 15-29th – and I have a whole day on the 29th in the Halifax area where laundry is the only thing on the agenda. I’m sure you’re off to visit your Dad but do let me know if there is any way we can cross paths.

  4. Yes, they do look very serene and harmless. Just like polar bears! It would be so fun to see them in real life, but I’ll definitely not go there in the dark. Very cool photos.

    • Haha Cathy. Probably not quite as dangerous as polar bears, but they can be vicious when they want to be!

  5. I have never been to the Monkey Forest, but these are the same monkeys that we have here in Penang. I now know that they are scoundrels who steal my stuff, not cute little animals. Have fun in Canada! We are also getting ready to visit our home in North America, too.

    • Hi Michele…I don’t remember seeing the monkeys in Penang. However, not surprised they are there. I don’t know if you can go anywhere in SEA without the possibility of seeing monkeys. Have fun when your home!

  6. Hi Nancie, these images are so life-like and the monkeys look so human-like the way they protect their youngs. But thanks for the tip that their look is deceiving.

    • Yes, moms and babies not so aggressive, so I was able to get fairly close. A lot of them are really bad, though. You have to be careful!

  7. Ah, they are sooo cute! Especially the little one from the second photo. Cute little thieves… (^_^)

  8. I strongly recommend that people do not feed them bananas. It’s not like they will wait patiently for them, but they will jump at you and grab the whole bunch.
    I’ve seen tourist foolishly try to get the bunch back and that made the monkeys really angry!

    • Denise, I have never fed them. I would say it’s not for the “faint of heart”!

  9. I have been there. They were just as cheeky back then, when I saw them grab someones sunglasses. Cute though, and if you have not seen many monkeys before very interesting.

    • Jan, I’m sure they have been and always will be cheeky. As tourism has increase in Bali, they have probably gotten worse.

  10. Cheeky monkeys indeed. I was there with my oldest daughter when she was 4. She still remembers how one monkey in particular tried to find bananas in her shorts.

    • haha Sophie. However, your little one probably wasn’t too happy!

  11. We’ve been to Bali twice but never got to the Monkey Forest, will have to try to get there next time… with all goods and chattels packed into bags! Thanks for hosting.

    • Seana…make sure nothing is out in the open. They will find anythng!

  12. I’ve not been to the Monkey Forest and judging from the comments on this page, I’m not sure if I want to go. I have heard how aggressive monkeys can be. Looks are deceiving, they are so stinking cute!

    • Hi Tonya, I’m not a big monkey fan. These ones were just too cute to resist!

  13. What an adorable monkey family…at least when they’re at their best behavior 🙂

  14. What incredible charmers, rascals and attackers these critters must be. I’ll stick with the few apes we saw in Gibralter – they simply glanced our way and you could tell they were thinking, “Oh, just more tourists. . .” The photos you took are fabulous!

    • haha Jackie! I remember the apes in Gibralter, and if I remember correctly, they were not too aggressive.

  15. What incredible charmers, rascals and attackers these critters must be. I’ll stick with the few apes we saw in Gibraltar – they simply glanced our way and you could tell they were thinking, “Oh, just more tourists. . .” The photos you took are fabulous!

  16. Wow, love your photos – especially the one with the mother and baby against her chest.I’ve visited the Monkey Temple in Ubud twice. Once in 1983 and then in 2009. It’s a fascinating place, and both times the monkeys were over friendly – to put it mildly! It can of course be very funny and you can get some awesome photos (as yours are – amazing!)but I wouldn’t take children with me for fear of their perhaps getting bitten. Not sure I’d jump to go back again for a third time either.

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