December in Bali-Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

One of the places I visited in my recent trip to Bali is The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Padangtegal, Ubud. It's about two to three hours drive from Denpasar, the capital of Bali. The monkeys there are the long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicuiaris). Unlike in Sangeh or Uluwatu, the monkeys in The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary were quite civilized, well, they at least didn't snatch glasses or raid bags. They did however, climbed onto people's back and stayed on their shoulders, dangerously close to try to find hair lice on your head. One even made one of my girlfriends cried because he held on to her brand new (and expensive) pants. 

I kind of enjoyed my short stay there. I saw the most beautiful macaque babies with their mothers, but failed to take their pictures because of their very protective mothers. I had fun laughing at people with monkeys on their backs, literally. I almost wet myself from laughing so hard when my friend's pants was being tugged by this vicious looking male macaque. I know it's not nice to laugh at your friend when she almost cries in distress, but I wasn't the only one laughing, so I think I was safe. 

I enjoyed watching the monkeys jumped and swam in the water fountain, right in the centre of the forest. They seemed like to have fun and didn't really care about the human watching them. I looked at their faces and noticing that they looked a lot like their relatives, the Japanese macaques. In Japan, the macaques also love bathing in the water, the hot spring water in the winter, to be exact.

These are some of the photos I took in The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary: 

The Alpha Male, eating a stolen banana.

The cute face, with a toe sticking out.

The sad face

and finally, the topless sunbather

To find out more about this place, you can go here.


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