“Best day of my life”.. is what i screamed over and over as i (attempted to) play with hundreds of monkeys at this magical place.
The monkey forest costs about $5USD to enter and is a beautifully curated attraction with its lush jungles, wooden overpasses, walkways through streams and man-made rivers, and amazing sculptures that are at each turn inside the forest. Even without the monkeys this place is incredible.
Now on to the monkeys. There are over 700 hundred of them in this forest and they are classed as semi-free meaning that they can roam around freely within the confines of the forest premesis. And they are everywhere! lazing on the railings of the pathways, on all the trees, over all the temples and even just walking along the pathways with you. It is amazing to have them jump on you, steal your things (lock yo’ things down!) and watch them from so close just hanging out.
It’s a popular site and you will see lots of tourists, but don’t let that affect how awesome this place is and how fun it is to explore.
Big ups to Julien Bru Productions for capturing the magic of this place!
What I liked Most
monkeys all around
- Keep plastic bags and loose items behind. The monkeys will grab it all
- Buy bananas and snacks to feed the monkeys - they will climb all over you and it is incredible!
Entry is about $5 USD. Bring some cash to buy bananas and snacks inside the park to feed the monkeys!
Just a short 20 minute bike ride to the north of Ubud is the Tegalalang Rice Terrace – layered terraces line the side of lush jungle green hills that providing a stunning patchwork that brings many to visit and explore throughout the year.
These terraces are not the largest in the area but definitely the most popular due to their pristine maintainance, stunning picture vantage points and the ability to walk in and easilt explore all the different levels. The layers of dense green foliage creates an amazing pattern on the side of the hill and i flew the drone over the to really get a feel for the landscape.
Easiest way to get there is via moped that can be rented for about $3USD per day from the hundreds of bike vendors in Ubud. The drive is quick and painless and the whole thing can be done in a few hours! Try and go early to avoid the tour bus crowds that will come as the day goes on.
Thanks to Nik Hazell for capturing the video!
What I liked Most
Walking walking through the fields and getting to center of the terrace
- Coffee guys will come and tell you to park in their store (to get you to try lewak coffee!) but do't bother there's plenty of free bike parking along the street
- Have a drink at the rice terrace bar and snap that iconic picture of the swing over the valley below
Free to enter and roam around
Located in the center of Ubud on the island of Bali, the Campuhan Ridge Walk offers lush scenic views of the jungle and ride paddy fields that the region has become known for along its hiking trails. The walk starts just off the main road as you come down the hill through the canopy of vines, and is very popular amongst tourists and locals.
Along the ride you’ll see sweeping hilltop views of the jungle below and see many people taking runs, riding bikes or stopping for picnics and hanging out with their friends.
There inst much cover so i recommend going for sunrise or sunset otherwise you’ll melt in the tropical heat!
Thanks to Skyrial Bali for the drone footage!
What I liked Most
Views along the ride are unreal - rice paddy fields, dense jungle and houses tucked away in the mountains
- Hiking shoes not needed- can do this in slippers
- Take a blanket + food/drinks and chill at one of the many outlook points along the walk
no entry fee