Selamat datang and welcome to my next experience.
This week I was in Ubud, the most cultural town on this island. My friends and I got up early to have enough time, because it is about an hour away from Jimbaran. We drove there by taxi since we wanted to do the tour by our own instead of a tour guide. We hoped to see the rice terraces, the palace and the artisans of wood, stone, gold and silver.
While we arrived, we recognized that Ubud became a tourist magnet. The main street was full of souvenir shops and expensive restaurants. First, we visited the palace where parts of the royal family still live. It has beautiful decorations in red and gold and tall sculptures which should save the people against the evil spirits. A few girls practiced the traditional Balinese dance on a stage in the court of the palace.
As we walked down the street we found the famous lotus lake in front of a temple. It was full of really big lotus flowers with big leaves, nearly half of a diameter.
Next stop was the monkey forest where we had a lot of fun. There were wonderful big old trees you only find in Australia as well. We visited three more temples, two little and a big one with many monkey statues.
However, of course the monkeys are the attraction in the forest. They were really cheeky. If they thought you had food, they jumped on you and stole everything they can get. Sometimes you can exchange your things for bananas. There were also little monkey babies, maybe a few days old. They were so sweet.
The only drop of bitterness at the end of the day: we didn´t find the rice terraces. They were outside between the small villages. At least now we have a reason to come back to Ubud for a trekking tour to the rice terraces.