This is our hotel: Hotel Junjungan Bali. Located quite far from central Ubud, 3.5 kms into its rural area. a nice hotel though. Our balcony faces right into the green rice terraces and we can watch sunset in the evening too
1. The hotel where I stayed coz the balcony overlooks the green rice field. I loved getting up early in the morning (while my friends were still sleeping) and sat on the balcony with a glass of honey-lime tea to watch the sky getting brighter and brighter, and the white herons starting to appear. The name of the hotel is Junjungan Hotel & Spa. Though it's located rather far away from Central Ubud , there's a free shuttle to and from town every 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. The shuttle driver is Mr. Kadek and he is a real friendly person.
The bed is surprisingly one with canopy, perfect for honemooners except that I wasn't one and I went there with two girl friends. We found a mysterious stone put under the bed - suspected it to be a fertility stone or something =PPP
Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner). It serves one of the most favourite traditional dishes of Bali
: dirty duck. The duck is cooked first with certain spices (not being a good cook, I could hardly tell what but tastes great) before it's fried. The restaurant is very cozy. It has its own rice field inside the restaurant and provides little huts for customers to dine beside the field. My friend even took a blissful nap there after she had her lunch. But for me, the winning point of this place is the dessert it serves: the famous coconut cream pie. Words fail me to describe it ... it's heaven =D
3. Ubud Botanic Garden. A 5-hectare lush green garden about 2 km from Central Ubud. We always passed this garden when we took the shuttle from our hotel to town.
The main Hindu temple in Central Ubud. There are a lot of temples in Bali and they are scattered everywhere. There are also a lot of little baskets containing flower offerings. Take care so you don't incidentally step on them
The garden includes a rain forest observation post, maze, orchid collection and Islamique garden (I have just realized that there’s one). Not many people come here so it’s a very quiet and peaceful place to explore.
4. The Sangeh Monkey Forest. It’s all about monkeys here. Monkeys are everywhere, roaming the place freely. Be careful of your belongings, including hats and sunglasses, when you are here because the monkeys sometimes turn cheeky and steal your stuffs away.
5. Ubud Art Market. I get the impression that this market sells everything, from painting and jewellery to spices, aromatherapy candles and clothes. Come early in the morning so you’ll get “the morning price”. One thing that I don’t like about the place is you’re expeted to haggle with the sellers.
Then we went shopping to the art market where I found these silver pendants. They were not only cute but noisy as these pendants also function as bells
As an Indonesian, I’m supposed to be good at it but for some reasons, I always feel I’m cheated after haggling =(
6. Biah-Biah. This is a small eating place serving traditional Balinese dishes although the owner is actually a Japanese. It is located in the little Gotama Street. The dishes are served in very small portions and the price is unbelievably cheap. It’s great because then I can order several dishes all at once without becoming over full. I hope all restaurants in the world could adopt such a thoughtful strategy.
7. Petulu White Heron Sanctuary. The white herons that roam Ubud all day long must have a home to go back to. And that’s apparently in Petulu, a village which has been turned into the bird’s sanctuary. It’s about an hour walking north from our hotel. I really enjoyed the walk because we passed through endless green rice fields.
Another cute things we found in the market. These turtles were made of wood and had necks which could nod up and down. The woman who sold them said she made the turtles herself.
Make sure that you arrive at about 6 o’clock in the evening because it’s the time when all the white herons fly home and it’s such a pretty sight.
8. The Antonio Blanco Museum. Antonio Blanco, a Spanish Balinese painter who specialized in painting (semi-nude) ladies, becomes a household name when his life is used as the material for an Indonesian soap opera. The museum is a magnificent building and it features both Blanco’s paintings and also his sons’.
9. The shops. People keep telling me that shopping in Ubud is more expensive than in other parts of Bali but it really doesn’t matter coz the shops here are unusual. I find a lot of shops selling antiques and arts, a shop that sell clothes for yoga (we have to take off our shoes before entering the shop) and even a shop that sells clothings only for dogs.
10. Studio Perak. This is a small gallery selling handmade silver jewellery with cute designs. They also have workshop every day for people who are interested in creating their own jewellery. I only found out about this workshop on my last day in Ubud, so I didn’t have enough time to join it. But if I ever go to Ubud again, I’ll certainly try my hands at silver pendant making.
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