Temples, volcanoes, vertiginously high cliffs… In my last posts about Bali, we discovered together the Balinese culture and natural treasures but I haven’t told you yet about Ubud. That’s quite surprising considering that this city, located in the center of Bali, is a must-do during a travel in Bali. In addition to its strategic location in the island, Ubud is a good place to get ourselves accustomed to the Balinese culture and, above all, to visit the famous Ubud Monkey Forest.
Visiting Ubud Monkey Forest in a wheelchair
Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve where about 700 monkeys live in the middle of a magnificent vegetation. Every year it attracts thousands of visitors. Despite this, Franck, my sister and I really enjoyed our visit there. The forest is vast so we could enjoy it quite quietly, except for the boardwalk part (which is not wheelchair accessible anyway).
We were eager to visit Ubud Monkey Forest during our travel in Bali and we were not disappointed! We had a lot of fun to look at this cheeky monkeys squabbling and playing together (also sometimes making a fool of us!). We laughed, smiled and have been scared one or two times!
Monkeys are absolutely everywhere in the nature reserve! On the ground, in the trees, on the temples roofs… A water basin? Just perfect to dive into it from high vines! All the nature reserve nooks become a huge playground for these little and mischievous monkeys. And be careful: they will do everything they can to grab some food: gently take a bit of banana or sweet potato that you’re offering, pilfering with agility crumbs in your hands, steal food in your bags or strip some pieces of fruits or vegetables in temples offerings. Some monkeys even try to open backpacks! No zipper will resist, only a padlock can stop them!
Those cheeky monkeys are not affraid of us. On the contrary, monkeys have a lot of fun climbing on our shoulders, our knees or even on our heads! That’s really great to share those moments with them! Generally everything went fine but be careful not to grab the monkeys. Let them approach you. They hate being grabbed. I experienced that! Even if I knew about that, I had an automatic reaction and grab one that was on my knees to put it on the ground. Well I didn’t have time to do so. As soon as I touched it, it became agressive. It didn’t bite me but it made this kind of scary face:
- Ubud Monkey Forest is not fully wheelchair accessible but it is still totally possible to visit most of it.
- The entrance to the forest is accessible by a slope (a bit steep) but the ticket office is not wheelchair accessible (steps).
- An important part of the nature reserve is wheelchair accessible however it is impossible to roll on the boardwalk because there are a lot of steps which is a shame. There is a lovely stroll to enjoy in this part of the forest.
If you want more information about travelling in this country you can read about all our travel destinations in Indonesia and their wheelchair accessibility. We also share with you the detailed budget of our travel.
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