Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

Yes, of course we did make the obligatory visit to Monkey Forest while we were in Ubud in Bali. The area commonly known as Monkey Forest is a large wooded park in Ubud with several ruined temples dating from the 1300s. But most people go to see the monkeys.

An Unforgettable Day on Cabrera

I had never been to Cabrera, the smallest of the five Balearic Islands, despite having lived on Mallorca for over ten years, so when our Winter Activities group got the chance to go on a trip with Mar Cabrera earlier this spring, I jumped at it.

Saraswati Temple, Ubud

One great place to visit in Ubud is the Saraswati Temple (also known as Lotus Temple). It’s very accessible and central to Ubud, and it’s free. (Location here). You do have to wear a sarong though, as at many Hindu temples in Bali.

Bali Dances, Ubud

No visit to Ubud is complete without a visit to Saraswati Temple (better known as Lotus Temple) for a vibrant and dramatic night of traditional Bali dance. I’m sure you’ve heard of the dances in Bali, deeply routed in Hinduism and developed over time with a style of their own.

Ubud Market

Ubud Market in Bali was by far the best tourist market that I went to in Indonesia. It was beaten on bargains only by Malioboro Street and the Jamu Herbs Market both in Yogyakarta. Ubud Market is not particularly big, but it’s central and it’s pleasant to walk around.

Our Guesthouse(s) in Ubud, Bali

And this is how you mess up an accommodation reservation in Ubud, Bali…

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