Maybe it was the magic of the sunrise hike, or maybe there’s something just extra special about Ubud, but I knew as soon as I got there, it was the kind of place that was going to steal my heart…
It’s a magical jungle, mish-mashed with hidden hotels, and windy streets covered in markets, with dogs running around and the occasional moped whizzing by.
You’ll hear people talking about the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud. I hate zoos, and aquariums, because seeing animals caged up just breaks my heart – and, at first I was a bit hesitant about the Monkey Forest. A lot of places claim to be ‘animal rehabilitation’.in Bali (please don’t ever go and see the big cats or elephants which are promoted as being under the guise of rehabilitation – they are cruelly sedated and treated appallingly when not on show), but, we did some deep dive research and sure enough, Monkey Forest was an open forest where the monkeys were free to come and go as they please.
We brought our tickets and walked into the dense jungle, and there before our eyes were tonnes of monkeys! running around playing, attempting to steal people’s bags ;). It was a magical, magical place. I’m pretty terrified of monkeys (lol no joke) and you have to be mindful with these little guys – they don’t like you making eye contact with them and are particularly prone to a vicious outburst when they’re carrying babies (which can be hard to see, because the babies are carried underneath them!).
The forest itself is beautiful, and takes a couple of hours to walk around.
I hope you enjoy this little photo diary of Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud – I highly, highly recommend it if you go to Bali. I can’t describe why, just take my word for it that you can feel the magic from the moment you step foot in there.
I can’t wait to get some of these photos printed up, I think they’re my favourite ones I’ve ever taken…