Trip Start May 11, 2005
320Trip End Ongoing
We spent some time at Corky & Michelle's villa and down at the lovely pool which is set overlooking a river. They bring you free water while you sunbathe. The hotel has its own little rice paddies so it's very pretty. Our guesthouse was really also nice, but on a much smaller scale and we got breakfast included in the price too.
Ben and I decided to hire a bike so we could go further afield and check out some temples or whatever we came across. We went to Goa Gajan (Elephant Caves) which we both agreed was a total waste of time and money. Then we drove out to Gunung Kani which is where they have monuments to an old monarchy made out of stone. To get to them you have to walk down a lot of stairs, past some rice paddies and then sprinkle holy water on yourself. On the way home we got really lost, but ended up seeing gorgeous scenery and not really caring where we were. The roads were all really smooth too so that made it easy to ride around. That afternoon we did a rice paddy walk that's listed in our guide book which is a couple of hours walking through people's paddies and being offered fresh coconut milk. It was late in the arvo so loads of local people were bathing in the tiny rivers. It's a little disturbing to stumble upon a kiosk selling drinks and snacks in the middle of all this natural beauty though and we did several times. It just goes to show how tourism can negatively change a place (although I am sure the person running the kiosk thinks it's great). Ubud is an absolutely gorgeous place so forget about all that nasty stuff in Kuta and head an hour outside to enjoy the scenery and shopping.