And no, it wasn’t something that I had ordered. Next time we speak I shall share with you something absolutely revolting that I tried willingly in Bangkok… But this side order of ants in Ubud, Bali was truly a (not very pleasant) surprise. So this post is about where NOT to eat in Ubud!
We booked a guided tour of Bali for the day. Well, around the area of Ubud and the surrounding countryside. Unfortunately, due to the state of the island’s roads you couldn’t get very far around Bali in a day. We booked this tour through Begonia and the Kupu-Kupu Foundation, a charity organisation in Ubud.
The Kupu-Kupu Foundation in Ubud was founded by a Spanish woman who has lived in Bali for quite some years. When I was in Ubud I had the pleasure of meeting Begonia and some of the charming disabled people that she works to provide a better life for.
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.
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.
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.