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Ubud: Monkeys and Cafe du Monyet – Bali Blog

by Sanne

Cafe du Monyet, Ubud, Bali

Ubud is such a great place and I’m so happy that I went here. To my surprise the city is full of nice cafes and everything is incredibly cheap. I’m staying at a hotel on the outskirts of the city, near Monkey Forest and Yoga Barn, which is where I’ve purchased yoga lessons.

This morning I found the cutest little cafe, Cafe du Monyet, where I decided to have breakfast. The cafe was open in the back, so my table had an unobstructed view of the rice fields. Unfortunately, the neighbors were in the middle of cleaning a giant pipe right next to the restaurant, so there was a terrible noise while I was there. Luckily you can’t hear that in the pictures below:)

Monkey Forest is a little further down the road from the café, and it is one of Ubud’s main attractions. I had planned to visit the forest tomorrow, but today I walked past the edge of it on my way to a massage treatment. It turned out the monkeys were also hanging out along the road, which runs outside the woods. They were really naughty and I saw how one of them stole a bin full of what he probably thought was monkey food. Now I’m therefore having second thoughts about visiting that forest, because the monkeys are so used to humans that they’ll come very close, and from what I’ve read, some of them can be quite aggressive. Edit: On Monkey Forest’s website they write that there haven’t been verified cases of rabies among the monkeys in BaliRabies has also been reported in the monkey population, so if they bite you, you’ll need a rabies vaccination immediately after.

I was bitten by a stray dog in Phuket a couple of years ago, and I spent the night before Christmas in the waiting room at a hospital in Singapore. Not a lot of fun and definitely nothing I want to expose myself to again, but what to do? Because those monkeys sure look great on photos..

 

 

2 comments

Victoria @The British Berliner May 31, 2017 - 8:58 am

Ha! Ha! ‘Love it! We were in a hotel about a 5 minute walk from the Monkey Forest. It was a beautiful hotel resort called Alam Shanti.
Re-monkeys. I absolutely hate them! Sadly, my first close-experience of them was actually at the Monkey Forest in ’99! I used to have long hair in those days, and one of the monkeys jumped on my head and started pulling my hair!

Since then, I’ve been scared to death and keep meeting huge monkeys in India, Cape Town, other parts of Asia, and even here in Berlin! I refuse to go to spaces where they roam free! We actually went back to Bali a few years ago, and we had extra security allocated to the house that I rented, as the monkeys constantly climb over the wall!

My advice: keep food well away from them and small objects like cameras, water bottles, purses, etc. They are well used to humans. They went into the shoulder bag of my husband, and then tried to pull down the shorts of my son. He was 12 at the time, and simply mortified! Shudder!

Outside of that, Ubud is magnificent!

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Hanna June 21, 2017 - 5:41 am

These monkeys look scout, but I would keep my distance. They are too clever and cheeky 😉

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