Trip Start May 05, 2008
119Trip End May 05, 2013
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It was a pleasant drive to Ubud in the morning. On arrival, there were some people waiting to take us to their various accommodation. Normally, we try to get through this so we can look for ourselves but sometimes it pays to have a look at what they are offering. We ended up staying at Tunjung home stay which was our nicest and friendliest lodgings to date. We had a nice cooked breakfast every morning and the room was pretty good.
Ubud is quite chilled compared with Kuta. There are shitloads of shops, cafes, restaurants, massage places etc. Around Ubud there are some very nice short 6-10km walks through beautiful country side. We hung out here for a couple of days. It makes a great base to explore the rest of Bali by motorbike
We did a loop with the motorbike stopping at rice terraces, a coffee plantation and on up to Genung Batar. From here you get some glimpses of Genung Agung, the highest volcano on Bali. At the coffee plantation we tried a cup of the famed Coffee Luwak. This is made from coffee beans that have been consumed by a Civat (looks like a cat rodent) and later excreted. The beans are then dried, cleaned and lightly roasted. Coffee Luwak is one of the most expensive coffees in the world. A cup of Luwak in Ubud will set you back 100,000 (reg Bali coffee 5000). At the coffee plantation you can try a cup for 50,000. I didn't particularly like it, there is quite a bitter tangy aftertaste in the cup we had. They grow almost every fruit and spice you can think of here. Saffron however, mainly comes from Java and Sumatra and is quite expensive. Also, they import a lot of their apples from NZ!
Later that day we were stopped by the police. Usual story, no international license, fine and court. They were looking for 100,000. We paid them 50,000 and we were on our way. They were very friendly thieves. So we had two firsts today, a cup of the most expensive coffee in the world and bribed our first police officer. Some people end up handing over up to 200,000 to make "solution"
On our way to Batar we met a dude on a motorbike and he asked us to come to his new restaurant where we had all you can eat buffet. The staff were very interesting to talk with, the food was awesome and cheap and the view over lake Batar was pretty damn good. Across the lake, there is an open burial site where bodies are just left to decompose. We didn't go as it was an hour by boat. It would have been quite interesting to see, though.
In central Ubud, there is a forest called Monkey Forest. You are literally tripping over monkeys. They are everywhere, 100s of them. We tried not to put too many monkey pics up!
To conclude, Ubud is pretty cool, chilled and a good base for exploring Bali. It is a bit too vegan here though. Lots of places charging inflated prices for organic produce. The truth is, pretty much all the food we eat in Indonesia is organic. There lots of airy fairy zen people here too. Get real zen people!
P.S. Images later as the connection is really slow here.