Trip Start Jul 09, 2011
Trip End Jul 09, 2012

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Wenara Bali

Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Day 1

Got into Ubud from Gili at 2 pm, we walked through the hawkers down past the monkey forest (more on them feckers later) and checked into a lovely guest house for a great price. We then walked up the street for a walk to see what is happening, Ubud is a lovely place with lots of culture and the architecture is as good as we have seen yet in this part of the world. 

Anyway back to the monkey story, it was a hot day and we hadn't eaten since breakfast and we didn't want to eat too much before dinner so we picked up two cans of coke and a packet of crisps! We were walking towards the monkey jungle (named that for obvious reasons!) when a monkey jumped off a roof and stole the crisps straight out of my hands, and with the size of his teeth there was no getting them back off him!! So robbed by a monkey is one interesting story to take from Ubud!!

After that we walked through the monkey forest where there were thousands of them walking freely around. After that we came back, had a swim in the pool, changed for dinner and headed up the town where another amazing and cheap dinner was had....a tough life!!!

Day 2

Up at 7:30 and grabbed a super breakfast in the guest house, the monkeys were in the trees and the porters were firing pebbles at them with catapults to keep them from swooping down and clearing tables! 

We were then picked up by our guide who was taking us on a cycling tour! We then headed off up the mountains into a coffee plantation where we were treated to a variety of coffee's, around 12 in all. We then headed further up the mountain and had another breakfast overlooking an active volcano which was pretty spectacular! From there we headed off, got our bikes and went downhill through the rice fields which were amazing. Our guide was really good explaining all to us about the rice fields and also as we passed the Hindu temples along the way. The views were pretty spectacular and the ride was 35 kilometres long but pretty easy most of the way. We then got to the bottom and were brought to our guides compound for lunch where we met his entire family and got to eat an incredible lunch in his beautiful home! 

After that we sat and chatted with the other couple who were on the tour and then headed back to Ubud. The tour was with the Halo Bike Cycling Tour and cannot be recommended enough! When we got back we I hit the pool while Annie went in search of a nice spa!!!...Eve's spa it was. We both got the famous Balinese massages (which we'd highly recommend) and Annie stayed on for a pedicure, I didn't bother as my nails are flawless as always!

A great day in Ubud! On our way in search of some traditional Indonesian dancing now!! We'd a great week here in Bali. Going to miss the really friendly Balinese people, their amazing Mie Goreng and their famous Bintang (of course!!!)

Singapore tomorrow!!
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