Do you know a place that is just an oasis of nature and a sea of culture? Yes, Bali. Beach, falls, lakes, mountains, rice fields, temples and so forth. A week stay was definitely not enough to see and learn everything. We opted to stay in the peaceful side of Bali: Ubud.
We landed past 10pm at Ngurah Rai International Airport and it was really good that we prebooked our transport. We used Suntransfer which had better deals that time- £35 for two way transfer. I stayed at Royal Villa Jepun which was 15 minutes outside the city. There was a welcome drink and the staff were very attentive and friendly. We did not really see the whole area properly. There were not enough lights on our way to our villa and the lighting in our room were dimmed as well. However, when morning came, everything just looked divine. High ceiling wall, king size bed and elegant four-poster frame with white sheer drapes. Everything looked exactly in their website. Our favorite was the jungle-inspired outdoor shower/ bath area and swimming pool. We highly recommend this place.
For our first adventure, right across Ubud market, we stopped at the famous Ubud Palace or Puri Saren Agung. The courtyard was under renovation but we still managed to take some fascinating shots. If you love to see Balinise architecture, art and garden, this should be in your itinerary.- free and worth it!
Next in our list was the Sacred Monkey Forest. It was few minutes away by car or motorbike from Ubud Palace.
Entrance Fee: IDR 40,000 for Adult. IDR 30,000 for Children.
At the entrance, there was a huge map and sign of Do’s and Don’t. Please pay attention and read them for your own safety. They sell bananas inside the park if you want to experience feeding the monkeys and having selfies with them. I would suggest doing it with one of the rangers who can control them. Also, they were very cheeky and they can just grab your bananas swiftly so make sure you hide them properly. Overall, we didn’t feel threatened around them and it was actually interesting to see them in their natural habitat instead of being behind bars.
We ended our day trying authentic Indonesian cuisine. We really enjoyed the food in Warung Pulau Kelapa which was just 5 minutes away from our hotel. The way they cooked and presented the food was very impressive. I could not remember the names of what we ordered but here are some of them.