on February 14, 2006
There are several temples with resident monkeys on Bali, and visiting them was a fun part of our trip. One of the most commonly visited is the sacred monkey forest in Ubud. It's a short ways from the center of Ubud. There, you can buy pieces of chopped bananas to feed to the monkeys. But beware! The different tribes of monkeys sometimes get into big battles. It was a shock to see one tribe being chased by another, across the paths, and hear the monkeys shout in the fight.We also visited the Ulu Watu temple area, west of Denpasar. Ulu Watu is perched on beautiful cliffs beside the ocean. Most people come here to see the sunset. They also have a theater where the Kecak dance is performed. (We didn't watch it here as we'd seen it at our hotel.)Most tourists aren't allowed inside the Ulu Watu temple proper, but you walk around in the courtyard, and on the cliff side paths, and again there are monkeys and you can buy bags of stuff to feed them. But the monkeys are pretty smart and will try to grab the whole bunch at once. Also, our daughters had recently had their hair braided with beads in it and while sitting on a wall posing for a photo, a monkey grabbed and took several beads from our nine-year-olds hair. So watch your back! Up until then, our kids had really enjoyed the monkeys, but after the bead-grabbbing, our nine-year-old was no longer so enchanted with them.Ulu Watu is close enough to Nusa Dua that you can easily go there for a bit just before sunset, without spending too much time on the road.
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