We left Sanur and after a one hour drive arrived in Ubud – Central Bali. Being inland, it’s much warmer and more humid here.
Ubud is the cultural centre of Bali and full of artist workshops, galleries and museums.
We’ve been here a couple of times before and every time we think what a wonderful place this would be to live for an extended period.
This time we even went so far as to enquire at a visa office about long-term visas for Indonesia and got some useful information. However, that’s for the future!
The main road in Ubud is “Monkey Forest Road”: A long road filled with restaurants, bars and shops ending, at the bottom of the hill, at the “Monkey Forest” which is a big, jungley park over-run by baboons (not my favourite of apes).
The restaurants here are wonderful and you can get every type of food (No McDonald’s in sight!) We found a Japanese restaurant tucked down a little side road and had sashimi (20 pieces) and beer for the equivalent of 9 Euros 🙂 Heaven!
Ubud is surrounded by rice fields and a lot of the bars and restaurants are set on the edge of them with very tranquil views.
One of the specialities here is suckling pig, hence the sketch at the top of this post 🙂 Very tasty and very reminiscent of the German “Spanferkel”
We’re actually staying on “Monkey Forest Road” in a great place called Lumbung Sari. We’d initially booked a standard room for 51 Euros but were upgraded on arrival 🙂
Next stop in 2 days is Padangbai, where we’ll spend the night before catching a boat to Gili Air.