I met my first monkey in Bali, if I am not wrong, it was in Sangeh. The conclusion I drew from that meeting was ‘It was so frightening having them around me, chasing anyone who brought bananas or any other interesting food to their attention’.
After that occasion, I didn’t meet any monkeys during my stay in Indonesia, except perhaps one human who behaved like a monkey — greedy, inconsistent, and a lazy ass.
Some years ago, more than a couple times, I visited Bali again with my husband. To make the most of our short holiday, we decided to give the Monkey Forest Ubud a visit. I felt hesitant, but to show my boyfriend that I was an intrepid girl, I nodded my head heartily, despite the fear that haunted me. Maybe, this visit could dispel the bad impressions about monkeys I developed from the past…
To sum up, we made a beeline to a location that was situated only about 15 minutes away by car from our hotel. I didn’t remember how much we paid for the entrance tickets at that time, but undoubtedly the price for foreigners and the locals are considerably different.
Daily Life of Monkeys
What you must and must NOT do in the Monkey Forest:
- Get a ticket at the entrance
- Buy bananas if you want to feed the monkeys, but hold them carefully
- Use normal clothes, as they might jump on you and who knows what they will do if you’re wearing a tube top?
- Keep all your belongings in your bag. Take off your glasses and sunglasses, hats, or any other gaudy accessories that will attract monkeys’ attention.
- Litter anywhere
- Being too close to the monkeys, or trying to pet them. They will bite you (in certain cases)
- Keep bananas in a strange place, such as inside your clothes and so forth. It’s no use trying to hide them, because monkeys can smell them and will harm you if they are too enthusiastic in getting those bananas from you.
This is a real story that happened in front of my very eyes: A family consisting of a boy, a girl and their parents were trying to joke with the monkeys by hiding their bananas in their pockets or inside their clothes. And when the monkeys surrounded them, jumped on them and forced them to give up the bananas, they shouted loudly and blamed the monkeys.
The one rule is — here, the monkeys are always right. So, behave wisely and don’t take any risks.