Alas Kedaton

Alas Kedaton, Tabanan: Hours, Address, Alas Kedaton Reviews: 3/5

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Alas Kedaton temple and forest is located in Kukuh countryside, Marga Sub district, Tabanan Regency . It is a small forest measuring about 6-7ha located in the middle of the rice field in Tabanan regency, west part of Bali. In this place you'll see hundreds of monkeys in their natural habitat. It's one of the Bali attractions where monkeys exist, free and peaceful. High up on the big trees many bats area hanging and singing with their loud voices. It's very easy for the visitor to make videos, pictures - and meals might be taken in to offer to monkeys although sometimes this will make you a target for a monkey mugging which might be an interesting experience
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Abana87
Leeds, UK79 contributions
Alas, Alack...
Nov 2019
As part of our Temple Tour, we found ourselves being taken to Alas Kedaton. As we reached the site we were told that this would be an experience similar to our time at the Monkey Forest in Ubud. In retrospect, that statement feels like someone taking you to an illegal pet shop and promising you an animal sanctuary. And I didn't even think the Monkey Forest in Ubud was all that!

We were guided around the frankly miniscule paved area by a woman with a stick, who told us that she needed the stick to help keep the monkeys at bay. This is hardly an endearing first impression, and just left my partner and I feeling far from safe.

As we walked around what felt like a large carpark, our guide brandishing her weapon with casual malice, we noticed a stall where you could pose with fruit bats. I cannot begin to tell you how much this enrages me. These bats are obviously heavily sedated or at the very least traumatized and find themselves at the mercy of inexperienced handlers and tourists who dangle them by their wings like some ghoulish trophy. This level of animal abuse fundamentally upsets me, and the moment we saw this, we decided to leave.

After telling our guide of our intention to leave, she insisted on taking us to her shop, and would not let the matter lie. She demanded that we at least look at her bric-a-brac and I could not take a single moment further.

The worst thing of all? We weren't even meant to go here! This was a sudden stop on our Temple Tour and all it did was piss me off and leave a bad taste in my mouth that meant that whatever we did next had to work twice as hard to make up for this gross blemish on our holiday.

Avoid.
Written 4 October 2020
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Joe
Shenzhen, China3,123 contributions
Avoid
Jan 2020 • Solo
Very small, takes about 10 minutes to walk around. Monkeys are cute but were a little aggressive.

The guide was nice at first, then takes you into her shop which has crazy prices and gets angry if you don't buy.

Part of the Tanah Lot half day tour.

Avoid!!!
Written 22 January 2020
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LaurindaDeMatos
2 contributions
Terrible Monkey Place
Nov 2019
We booked a half day tour to Tanah Lot which included visit to Monkey Forest in Ubud. Instead the tour company took us to Alas Kedaton Monkey place. This place was awful and so small that it took us a whole 10 min to walk around to see monkey's.
The tour guide seemed to be friendly at first until she tries to lure you to her shop to sell you things. She was pushy and when we declined politely that we were not interested in buying anything she got extremely angry and was mumbling under her breath and then talking aloud in her language to other locals and we were not stupid to see that what she was saying things in her language which was probably rude. This place is also run-down and full of empty cage like shops.
STAY AWAY - DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE!!! AWFUL!!!
Written 13 November 2019
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Rindu4melayu
Inwood, WV244 contributions
Lots of monkey business
Sep 2019 • Couples
The place has changed since my last visit over 7 years ago. More shops and commercialize but little more organized. Always watch for the monkeys near you...they like to steals your hat, glasses even your camera.
Written 6 November 2019
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Mike J.
Long Island, NY27 contributions
Not sure what all these reviews are talking about, this place was a hidden gem.
Oct 2019
My wife and I had a great time feeding the monkeys here, and none of them were aggressive to us with food on us. The guide holds the food so you are not bothered after handing the monkeys some, and we didnt want any monkeys to climb on us and thus didnt allow it. Im not sure how all these reviews complain about Bali like they didnt know this was the way things are here. Its a very poor country and these people show you around for hours and ask you to buy a small trinket in their little store. Buying something small is basically like tipping them for showing you around. Most of the reviewers here shouldnt travel if they arent open to new experiences and seeing how other people live and survive.

We even took pictures with the bats which were obviously domesticated with collars and tags, but if they werent, how else would they be available for pictures.

The only issue I had was the guide was a little pushy for us to buy an item in her shop because she didnt understand I was trying to tip her and not buy anything.

It didnt ruin my experience however, and I would recommend.
Written 5 October 2019
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SandFlogger
Santa Clara, UT299 contributions
Monkeys Everywhere PLUS Fruit Bats you can touch!
Sep 2019
Less crowded monkey sanctuary. Great interaction with the monkeys. You could buy and feed the monkeys. They would climb on you for pictures. A guide was provided to assist us get the most out of our visit. It was simply fun.

A bonus was viewing, handling and taking pictures with large boa-constrictors and fruit bats. A totally other experience to really add to the visit.
Written 30 September 2019
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marco_bellagente
Heidelberg, Germany13 contributions
One of the worst places in Bali
Sep 2019 • Couples
Avoid at all cost. We went there because the visit was included in a tour together with tanah lot. It's basically a small pitiful tour with a really pushy guide that tries to get as much money as she can by selling useless crap or food for the monkeys. The temple is awful and ridiculous, the forest is tiny with nothing special. We were at least promised to see bats in the wild, instead we got the usual pushy local trying to make us take pictures with a couple of poor domisticated animals, the same ugly thing you find anywhere in Bali. Since we are used to locals we declined everything and got out as fast as we could. At that point the guide started being extremely pissed and telling things in her own language, I guess they were not exactly nice things.
Written 18 September 2019
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Traderjoey
Chicago, IL660 contributions
Monkeys, bats and guides....
Jul 2019 • Family
I guess my experience was a bit more positive that others here. The monkeys were actually very well behaved and didn’t try to grab anything. We didn’t buy food, so maybe that would have changed some things. The park is small with a temple. They’ve lost a lot of business as other monkey forests have opened up. I paid a small fee to hold a fruit bat and that was really cool. I even fed it. If you want to take your own pictures with the bat its less, so negotiate. Yes, we had a guide and yes, she took us to her selling cage after the tour. We did have a hard time getting out of there; I guess times are tough when monkey forest numbers go down. My wife overpaid for a small item, consider it a tip for her time.
Written 9 July 2019
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xcschlr
Kansas City, KS78 contributions
Skip this place if you plan to visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud, even if you love monkeys
Jun 2019 • Friends
I love monkeys, so I stopped by this place on a tour of West Bali. The monkeys are said to be aggressive. When you arrive, a vendor will come to lead you though the area and use a stick meant to protect you from the monkeys. As the tour winds down, the guide would ask you to go to her shop and buy stuff. There was practically nothing I would buy when I visited, but she kept showing me and my friend various textile products and trinkets. If you are going to visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud, you should definitely skip this place.
Written 3 July 2019
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Shane S
Golden Grove, Australia90 contributions
Stay away
Jul 2019 • Couples
We visited as part of a full day tour. I wrongly assumed the monkey forest was the main one near Ubud. This place is small and horrible. The guide starts out being very pleasant but near the end she wants to take us to her shop. (Over 200 sellers in this small area). A caged small almost locker type facility. She coerces you with guilt to buy and quickly becomes aggressive if you don’t buy. The monkeys are fine and cute but this attraction is not worth the entry fee or harassment from the guides. Everything is really really dirty - even for Bali standards.
Written 1 July 2019
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