Address: Jalan Batukaru, Kec. Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 814155
Monkey Forest was a unique stop on a tour we did on the way to Tanah Lot Temple, but I don’t think I will do it again!
As soon as you step out of the van, you are bombarded with monkeys trying to sneak in to the van to steal your belongings. You will also be on high alert the whole time you are there as they continually try and steal things from your bags. The “guides” walk around with massive, thick sticks to ward off the bigger monkeys as they try to injure people (we found this out when one came screaming towards us!!!)
The guides get you to buy a bag of nuts which you feed to certain monkeys and take you around the place. Beware, plenty of mosquitoes due to the forest-like area so make sure you respray repellent otherwise you’ll be eaten alive. The guides then take you around to massive bats and other creatures which are covered in muck and try to get you to pay to take photos with them – we declined, naturally – and then, once again, met with a bunch of tin shed stalls to peruse before you leave. Luke bought me a gorgeous wood carved elephant statue (but didn’t come cheap at almost $45 AUD!) It was a unique experience, don’t get me wrong, but been there, done that, won’t do it again.