Ubud: The first destination of our 6 month journey through Southeast Asia.
An absolute bridge between East and West that gave me nostalgic feelings, was this the Ibiza of Asia?
With it’s organic cafés, yoga classes available on every corner and people dressed like they came straight out of ‘That 70’s Show’ the word hippy doesn’t even start to cover it. Ubud even had a Starbucks and Dairy Queen: Say WHAT?! Yuppers but, there’s much one can find and do here. That’s why I give you: Ubud Bali Indonesia: The Best Places We Discovered and Things To Do While Traveling .
Waroeng Bernadette: For me the name sounds familiar but, the food was an all new experience by itself especially the Beef Rendang that was cooked for 12 hours! This is also the houses specialty and you can seriously wake me up for this dish of goodness: nomnom! The dish, (expensive 70,000 Rupiah) combined casava leaf soup, coconut, rice and garlic to make it a taste worth your while. This was one of the places I saved as a tip but, I also saw it later in the Lonely Planet as a must eat and boy were they right.
In Da Lodge: a zen place with cold beer, friendly staff, a pool looking out over rice fields and many spots to sit back and chill out. What else could you ask for? Oh yes I almost forgot, it’s also pretty cheap! We payed 18 euros which is about 280,000 Rupiah and we had a fan & hot water: woop woop! Tip: bring your own mosquito net, you don’t want to get bitten while dozing off into wonderland. If you want any tips for packing while traveling, you can read what I packed here. Also very cool to know, this place is owned by a Dutch entrepreneur couple who fell in love with Ubud and decided to open up shop.
Monkey Forest: Well it really is a must see and not a must do because, we were half robbed by a fuzzy wuzzy guy while standing in front of the entrance. The monkeys can get pretty annoying & cheeky while flying from branch to electricity cable and taking your camera, water, bananas and jumping on you as if they want to scare you on purpose. And this was just the entrance. We decided that the view from here was nice enough and also amusing while other tourists tried to run after a monkey that stole their wallet.
Kecak: Ok ok, so this was a pretty cliché and touristic thing to do but we really thought it was cool to experience and in the end we were glad we saw this. It luckily stayed dry while we all sat outside to witness 100 half naked men singing and chanting in traditional Balinese Kecak. Starting in the 1930’s Kecak is mainly done by men and accompanies a story like play, a type of Romeo and Juliet. It was 1 hour and we paid 75,000 Rupiah p.p. and got the tickets on the main street Jalan Raya Ubud from guys handing out flyers and selling the tickets. Check out the sounds and the crazy guy walking through fire with his bare feet here on my Instagram account:
That’s all folks, next stop: Sidemen.
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