One of the many advantages of living in Singapore is that you can enjoy regular vacations to exotic places across South East Asia and beyond.
And with so many beautiful countries in close proximity, it would be a shame not to travel around.
So earlier this month, we decided to meet up with an old Irish friend in Bali, Indonesia.
Whether you go to Bali for the pristine beaches,
the luxurious vegetation and emerald-green rice terraces,
or the rich culture and many Hindu temples…
…you are likely to encounter the cheeky wildlife.
Cute, amusing, human-like but somehow terrifying, monkeys (long-tailed macaques to be exact) are an integral part of the Balinese charm.
If you are travelling to Bali, be aware: monkeys are expert thieves!
They are serious bling bling junkies and they love snatching unguarded items.
Camera straps, dangling earrings, glasses and even water bottles are major temptations.
Believe it or not, monkeys in Bali are well-trained pickpockets. They’re like little ninjas. By the time you see or hear them coming, it’s usually too late!
What’s more, monkeys are smart and have an impeccable sense of smell. Monkeys will know if you have a banana hidden in your backpack. And yes, Balinese monkeys know their way around zippers too!
Although Monkeys eat pretty much anything, they can sometimes be fussy. We were amazed to witness a monkey opening up a box of candies it has just stolen from an helpless tourist and then throwing out the ones he didn’t like.
Two great spots to observe monkeys:
- Perched high up on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, the temple of Uluwatu is not only a great spot to enjoy an exquisite sunset but is also home to many naughty monkeys.
- Another great spot to get up close and personal with monkeys is in the Bali Monkey Forest, a well-preserved piece of jungle in the middle of Ubud. Filled with giant nutmeg trees, the sacred nature reserve counts hundreds of macaque monkeys.