Located within easy walking distance from the center of Ubud, this small, forested area contains three troops of gray ... More
Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary)
Located within easy walking distance from the center of Ubud, this small, forested area contains three troops of gray monkeys. After purchasing a ticket at one of the three entrances, proceed down the walkways to the center of the Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary). You can purchase bananas and peanuts at the entrance to feed the monkeys but be warned, the monkeys are quite mischievous and will not hesitate to jump on you in search of hidden treats! Remove jewelry, glasses, or other shiny objects before entering. Be sure to explore the Pura Dalem (temple of the dead) and the many interesting statues and fountains.
I went to the monkey forest and like so many others who have commented on this site, i too was bitten.
Damn little thing jumped my arm from behind and bit. Didnt look like much at first but within a minute the blood started flowing. I went straight to the main entrance and informed the guy working there and asked for first aid. They didnt have first aid on site!!!! sheeshh... can you believe it. he sent me off 500m down the road and guess where i found the first aid clinic... behind a toilet block. Will NEVER go back there after the unprovoked attack. Anyway went to BIMC and had rabies injection and follow up injections on my return to AUS. The locals insist that the monkeys don't have rabies but this is not a disease you can gamble with... don't believe them. Make sure you have the injections. As we dont have rabies in Aus i didnt relise it was FATAL until the doc informed me as i was getting injection. OH.. and make sure you get a tetanus shot as well.
went to see this place on the 4 of september 2010 and was bitten by a monkey when i just looked at it. i would not recommend going here, rabies is a real problem here in bali now even with the monkeys. I came home and had rabbies vacanations but its a very nervous time waiting to know if you are going to be OK beause there is no test they can do apart from waiting 6 - 8 weeks.
My daughter and I went to see the Monkeys in Sept 2009, a baby Monkey jumped on my daughter's lap, the mother came over and grabbed my daughter's finger and bit her. She went to the Doctor's in Bali but was recommended by another Balinese friend not to have the injections. When returning to Perth she went to a Dr who at the time said it was not necessary to have a vaccine. Today we were called and now they have found rabies in the Monkey's in Bali and consequently needs to have the vaccines. I believe they are quite aggressive without provocation. I would not recommend children going there to visit.
We had to throw the food down on the ground as they were all over you. Then they tried to grab everything else you had.
My mum wanted to show me how wonderful the monkeys were. So she found a bit of banana on the floor and tried to give it to the 'cute' monkey.
It looked at her, grabbed her wrist and then chomped on her arm.
She didn't think the monkeys were so very wonderful after that....
Our friend who lives in Ubud told us the monkeys had become aggressive here and she was right. After reading these reviews (after our visit unfortunately or I think I would've skipped it entirely), I'm not convinced they aren't being coached.
Because we had been warned, we deliberately did not interact with the macaques but whilst I was photographing a grouping (and distracted), one jumped on the small travel purse hanging across my chest. A little piece of plastic jutting out must have attracted its attention and it grabbed, pulled, and snatched a snack size ziploc bag containing about 750,000 rupiah ($80 U.S.) - and ran off into the forest and up a tree. The "monkey experts" who work there were nowhere in sight. The laughter of onlookers brought them round and they seemed to try (a reward would have been theirs, after all) but it was starting to get dark and the search was quickly abandoned.
I can only hope that the monkey did not shred the paper bills as they are wont to do and that one of the monkey keepers did find the money, equivalent to a month's salary and found it useful. At the time I was relieved that it wasn't our passports which were taken but after reading the other comments, am relieved that neither my husband nor I were bitten. I say skip this attraction. Not worth the risks. Visit your local zoo and watch their antics there. They don't do anything much different in their "native" setting. As far as temples, there are literally thousands more to visit on this small island alone... You'll definitely have your fill.
I got bitten two weeks ago (17th July 09) and thought nothing of it. I have since been told I need to get the vaccine back home in New Zealand. It cost NZD$1500 here so I would highly recommend getting it in Bali where it is apparently free in Denpensar. Or otherwise don't get biten!
I was bitten by a monkey. When someone else scared them it just jumped onto my shoulder and bit me. I had to have a series of 5 rabies shots which cost me nearly $900 AUD. Still loved going but beware!!
This place is great its cool walking through the forest, But hold on to everything you have The monkeys tend to want whats attached to your body. Cameras pocketbooks glasses food hats and all else that they can grab They are cute to look at but do you want to chase a monkey up a tree when he just snatched your camera HOLD ON TIGHT
The Monkey Forest Sanctuary is conveniently located within walking distance of most hotels in Ubud, the cultural center of Bali. It's not very big; an hour or so should be enough for you to explore it. It is a great place for photos. Besides the monkeys, there is a small temple and another shrine there as well as the forest itself to see and photograph.
You do need to be careful, but if you are, you should be fine. I would be cautious with small children there. The monkeys can be aggressive. My wife and I went on a rainy day, and even after it stopped raining, it was nice to have the umbrellas just to let some of the hardheads know to keep their distance. While watching a violent fight between some of the monkeys about 15 meters away, a split second later, we found ourselves in the middle of(though not involved) a pitched battle as about 20 of them swarmed our way. They are pretty fast and have the teeth to get nasty. Keep in mind, though, they are considered sacred animals, so don't antagonize them or whack any of them unless you really have to.
I suppose the two reasons that I enjoyed the place were the great photos that I got and the fun of having to watch our backs as though we were in Jurassic Park or on military patrol.
it was great to get up close with the monkey it was scarey when they sit on your lap but we got great photos we will go back again , we took our bali friends and it was there first time and their kids loved it .
we are going to bali in november again and will go again for the 3rd time.
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