I’d been in Ubud just a few days when I was viciously attacked by monkeys. It was an incident that had me in tears, lost me a bottle of Sprite and reluctant to ever return to Monkey Forest. It just wasn’t safe.
Monkey Forest is, as you would expect, a large forest filled with monkeys. There are over 300 of them and after spending five minutes there I had deduced that all 300 are evil.
Tamed by the presence of humans over the last 20 years, these monkeys will do anything to get their hands on any food you may be carrying. It’s not uncommon to see them jumping and climbing over tourists, and they’ve been known to get very aggressive – stealing earrings, food and cameras.
Despite the aggression, if you manage to keep your distance, make sure not to carry anything valuable, and definitely don’t bring any food (don’t try and hide it either – they WILL find it!) into the forest then you’ll be able to somewhat safely hang out with the monkeys… and realise just how cute they are!
My favourites were the babies and even though I knew they were far from innocent, I couldn’t help but squeal at how adorable they were.
When I wasn’t running around like a madman taking photos of babies, I was creeping up on adult monkeys to take photos of their testicles.
The monkeys of Monkey Forest were cunning, aggressive and yes, pretty terrifying. And it was frightening venturing into the forest on your own and trying to avoid being attacked.
If you stay far away from them, however? Then you can appreciate just how cute they really are!