Before going to Ubud Monkey Forest
I always felt bad about monkeys in the cage every time I went to the zoo. It was so exciting to see monkeys roaming freely in Ubud Monkey Forest.
The excitement vanished as soon as I read blogs about visiting Ubud Monkey Forest. Too many warnings and too many bad experiences like people were bitten or scratched by monkeys in Ubud Monkey Forest. But I didn’t want to miss visiting Ubud Monkey Forest. If I miss Ubud Monkey Forest, then it’s like you go to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower. So I decided to go to Ubud Monkey Forest.
A preparation for Ubud Monkey Forest
I didn’t bring my sunglasses, any shining objects , and any food that can attract monkeys’ attention according to the warnings on the blogs. I was so glad to go to Ubud Monkey Forest with my friends, not just alone!
Ubud Monkey Forest
I didn’t get closer to any of the monkeys there since I didn’t want to get in trouble at Ubud Monkey Forest . I just watched them from the far away unlike other tourists.
Why was I worried about monkeys that much?!
It was just amazing to see monkeys in front of my eyes! Monkeys are not in the cage anymore! They looked so free and I felt good for them. Luckily, they weren’t aggressive, either!
I saw monkeys playing in the fountain. Some monkeys made their paws like scoops and tried to drink waters from the fountain like humans. Others were busy find the way to open the water bottles and they made it!!!
A mother monkey was holding her baby in her arm. Two monkeys were taking turns catching fleas from each other’s body. Some monkeys were just chilling and watching people.
Of course, I didn’t only see lovely ones. I saw too active monkeys. They were more interested in other things or people around them rather than themselves. These curious monkeys climbed on people’s shoulders or heads. Sometimes they stole people’s water bottles or sunglasses. Also, I saw one monkey that was really interested in a Chinese girl’s white fluffy lacy dress and grabbed her clothes. It was so funny to watch her screaming while her boyfriend was running away from her instead of helping her out! (I shouldn’t laugh… right? 😉 )
Advice for Ubud Monkey Forest visitors
Here is my advice to have fun with monkeys and have enjoyable moments in Ubud Monkey Forest.
Don’t try to be too intimate with monkeys!
So many tourists want to take close up pictures of monkeys, selfies with monkeys or pictures with them. I understand but these cause problems. Some tourists tend to get too close to monkeys. These acts can make monkeys really annoyed! These visitors in Ubud Monkey Forest are the ones who are likely to be attacked by monkeys!
Stop being “attractive” to monkeys!
I think tourists should blame themselves instead of blaming monkeys when they are attacked by monkeys in most cases. People usually cause problems, not monkeys. They are ones who provoke monkeys or draw unnecessary attentions by bringing shiny objects, giving them bananas or teasing them. I really think people shouldn’t do anything that can provoke monkeys or act in a way that can threaten monkeys.
We survived!! 🙂
Thanks for my friends’ care and our careful attitudes near monkeys, we managed to enjoy time with monkeys in Ubud Monkey Forest without being harassed or stolen or attacked by them! I think you will have lots of fun unless you don’t provoke them! Have fun! 😉
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