Let me start by saying, “I LOVE MONKEYS!!!”
There is a place in Ubud, Bali called Monkey Forest; it’s one of my favorite places in the world. Monkey Forest is actually a nature preserve and Hindu Temple complex turned tourist attraction. The Ubud Monkey Forest describes its mission as conservation of the area within its boundaries according to the Hindu principle of Tri Hata Karana (“three ways to reach spiritual and physical well-being”), which seeks to make people live harmoniously during their lives. The preserve also exists to conserve rare plants and animals for use in Hindu rituals and to provide a natural laboratory for educational institutions. They place a particular emphasis on research into the social interaction of the park’s monkeys with one another and their interaction with the park’s natural environment.
In plain English that means… you get to walk around a really beautiful temple complex and spend time with monkeys! The monkeys are fed a “special” diet but you can buy a tiny bunch of bananas if you want to feed them (peanuts, chips, other “people food” is strictly forbidden). They can be pretty aggressive when they want your bananas so if you have any fear of primates this is probably NOT the place for you. As long as you respect their space and give them the bananas everything is great. If you decide to be a jerk and tease them, holding the bananas just out of reach, there’s going to be trouble… Their home, their rules. There is an entry fee to the park, but it’s very minimal. The 2016 fees are IDR 40,000 (about $3.50) for adults and IDR 30,000 (about $2.50) for children. Money well spent in my opinion.
If you love nature (and monkeys) I would highly recommend a stop. And, if you go, make sure to tell my friends that I miss them.