If there is one place to add to your bucket list, please make it this. Bali in general is exquisite, but the Monkey Forest in Ubud is not only amazing because of the precious animals, but the foliage and temples are like being on another world. It honestly brought me to tears at one point- that doesn’t say much though 😉.
People watching was equally as fun, it can be pretty amusing to see someone realize a big mistake, like trying to take a stick from a large monkey. Whatever you do- don’t scream or run if they jump on you! They’ll just establish you are not a food source (bananas, not you personally) and hop off. Anytime a monkey attempted to try me id shake my finger at it and say “no no no” and it actually worked 😂
I was having way too much fun observing all the monkey families interacting. I’ve never been so close to such amazing creatures.
They would wrap their lil’ fingers around mine like a baby, needless to say, I was smitten.
At one point, a monkey robbed her. He only got the bananas out of her purse instead of taking the whole thing, so I would say she got off lucky, sincerely.
The forest itself is pretty large, I’m not even sure if we saw all of it honestly. The cremation burial grounds are such a beautiful testimony to Balinese Hinduism, and we were lucky enough to speak to one of the families that were allowed to be buried there. I wish I would have understood his name (if I don’t read something, it’s pretty much lost forever in my mind), because he was so informative and helpful. How beautiful is this- people who pass are buried in the cremation grounds and every five years they cremate then take the ashes to the ocean. Water is the beginning and end in Balinese Hinduism and death is a celebration to the next life. I love that so much because it explained even further why everyone is so happy here. One of the biggest things (if not the biggest) that causes pain is the passing of family member because of the unknown- here, death is not feared. Not only did he explain the cremation ceremony, but led us around and answered all of my questions like what precisely are the flower offerings and can I make one?
At one point, you’ll see a concrete path that looks like a dead end. Whatever you do, make it down this path. It’s like stepping into another world! I promise, the pictures are a sliver of how majestic Bali is, especially the Monkey Forest