Ubud is about an hour and a half drive from the airport. Taxis are available in the airport. Any travel agent in Denpasar will also be able to get you there. If you stay in a hotel, the management usually provides a shuttle service for a reasonable fee.
The sacred forest is situated at the Monkey Forest Street (shown on the right), which is the main street of Ubud, so you won’t miss it. Shops and restaurants line up the streets, so you might as well check them out while you’re there.
Walking around Ubud is an experience of its own. There’s a famous story told by Janet DeNeefe, initiator of the Ubud Readers & Writers Festival, that once, a speaker had a block before his event and decided to went out for a walk around Ubud. He was so fascinated by the beautiful landscapes that he forgot to return for his talkshow.
You can also rent a bicycle or a motorbike. A lot of visitors prefer bikes for environmental reasons. However, since Ubud’s located on a mountainous area, the roads tend to be steep. If you have something against sweating, motorbike’s a more logical choice.
Cars are usually only used when you want to to go outside Ubud.
Walk around. Enjoy the serene atmosphere.
The forest comprises approximately a tenth of a square kilometer (approximately 27 acres) and contains at least 115 different species of trees. The Monkey Forest contains the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal temple (shown on the left) as well as a “Holy Spring” bathing temple and another temple used for cremation ceremonies.
Various lodgings are available in Ubud, from a simple bed & breakfast to resorts or private villas.
Good choices for comfort and services at Monkey Forest Street are Komaneka Resort and KajaNe Mua Villa. A bit far, but worth the distance are Maya Ubud Resort & Spa and Four Seasons Bali (at Sayan, Ubud).
The Monkey Forest street provides many choices of restaurants, from western cuisine to Balinese dishes. Remember to visit Bebek Bengil about 500 meters from there. It’s a popular restaurant at Jalan Hanoman (Phone: +62 36 197 5489), known for its specialties: fried/roasted ducks. Do also try the ribs. They’ll leave you wanting more.
Shops at Monkey Ubud Forest alone offer a wide variety of beads, baskets, wooden carvings, ikat textiles, paintings and silver jewelries.
In Monkey Forest Sanctuary, even if you really admire Robert Frost, stay on the path. The forest is lest travelled for a reason: it may provoke the monkeys into thinking you’re trying to invade their home.
Treat the monkeys with respect. Don’t feed them unless you’re accompanied with a guide to supervise you. And do realize that they’re creatures of a curious nature. So keep your possessions in check. If they “borrow” one of your items, just go to the nearest guide and ask for his help.