Do you still remember the Ubud Monkey Forest? The tourist attraction located at Padang Tegal Village, Ubud, Gianyar, is now operating again. After being closed for about seven months due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the tourist attraction relying on monkeys and local forests officially welcomes visits of local residents and tourists.
“Today, Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary has re-opened after being inoperative since April 2020 as an effort to break the chain of Covid-19 spread,” said General Manager, Nyoman Sutarjana, after being officially opened by the Deputy Governor of Bali, Prof. Dr. Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, on Thursday (Nov. 5).
Monkey Forest Ubud, which operates during pandemic era, offers something new, so that visiting tourists feel safe and more comfortable. There are new additions, namely various types of facilities in carrying out health protocols according to those stipulated by the government. The various types of facilities, such as dozens of places to wash hands scattered from the lobby to the parking area and the forest, hand sanitizers, thermo gun for body temperature checks and pamphlets reading an invitation to live a clean and healthy life.
In addition, all staff and employees are given serious training on the implementation of Cleanliness, Hygiene, Safety and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) in all object areas. Monkey Forest has 150 employees and a forest area of 12.5 hectares supported by a parking area of up to 15 hectares. The areas equipped with a jogging track, yoga venue and compost area has always been a concern of implementing this health protocol. “We pay special attention to health protocols because the character of monkey genes is almost the same as humans, so the prevention of Covid-19 transmission is very strict,” he added.
Monkeys are the main inhabitants of this forest, but there are also other animals in the surrounding area such as bats, birds, monitor lizards and other small animals. By re-opening at this time, those who want to have a vacation are expected to make Monkey Forest their choice because this natural tourist object has spots for selfie and gathering places applying health protocols.
To be able to walk in forest areas, all visitors are charged an entrance ticket worth IDR 30,000 for adults and IDR 15,000 for children of local and domestic tourists. Meanwhile, foreign tourists are required to buy tickets of IDR 60,000 for adults and IDR 30,000 for children. “We do not have a target visit during this pandemic. In the past, before the pandemic the number of visits reached 4,000 per day, but now visits can reach 1,000 is not bad,” he concluded hopefully. (BTN/015)