We read and heard stories about the monkeys in Ubud http://www.monkeyforestubud.com. Some people said you shouldn’t even bring a bag or small things because the monkeys were aggressive and would take it away from you in exchange for food.
We didn’t see anything like that. As soon as we arrived a woman gave us a tour of the place. She told us that if a monkey climbed on us we should stay still. I didn’t want a monkey on top of me so she had a stick on her hand that she would normally use to scare them away but not a single monkey tried to get close to us. They kept their distance and I was happy to photograph them.
We had a spider monkey at home when I was little, we had her for about 2 years. I was actually afraid of her. I was 6 years old and she (Mikimba was her name) would grab my leg so hard and scratch. She also liked to grab the sugar dispenser and pour it on herself. She was messy.