Indonesia

Bali Part II

Ubud is a jungle paradise because not only is it a gorgeous place but there are so many things to do, to see, and to eat!  I stayed in Ubud for 3 days and I was having a hard time deciding what to do but I narrowed it down to 3 things: 1) Relax by the hotel pool 2) Find the jungle swing and 3) Go to the rice terrace.

I stayed at the lovely Alila Ubud which is located in the jungle and has an epic infinity pool.  The best part of Alila was the beautiful breakfast every morning.  I really loved how they stayed true to their Indonesian culture and served nasi garang and other delectable Indonesian dishes.  When I travel, I tend to be on the go but staying at Alila was the perfect excuse to relax a little bit.  I had my first encounter with monkeys by the hotel pool and I must say, they were aggressive!  The staff was so protective and caring of us they kept their tiny paws at bay.

During my travels, I had seen Instagram photos of the jungle swing in Ubud and although I wasn’t staying at Zen Hideout, my friend told me about a swing that you could pay $20 to experience.  To find the jungle swing, you Google Ubud jungle swing.  The jungle swing is marketed as an extreme sports type of experience (very tacky if you ask me) but you have to make it cute in your own way.  You will understand what I mean when you see it.

The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is an extremely touristy spot; however, it is spectacularly stunning.  My one mistake was going late in the morning.  My one travel hack is to wake up early and go to tourist attractions when they open but I really wanted to sleep in this time.  So, I had to share the rice terrace with thousands of other people.  My driver insisted I go to a Kopi Luwak Coffee plantation that was on the way back to my hotel.  The one I went to was called Bali Pulina.  The civet cat eats the coffee beans and goes through fermentation.  The coffee producers use the digested coffee beans (yup it’s poop) and creates a smooth and non-bitter coffee.  I was very intrigued so the tasting was a great way to try the different coffees made with this poop bean.  It was surprisingly delicious and the views of Bali Pulina were worth the entrance fee!

I always go to a new place with an idea of what I want to do and to see but spending time with the locals and asking them their opinion on what I should see is my jam.  A lot of people go to the Monkey Forest but I decided to skip it this time around to see other things.  I also thought that since I had my monkey encounter back at the hotel, that it couldn’t get much better than that.  There is so much more to discover in Ubud and I can’t wait to go back!

My room at Alila Ubud

The amazing breakfast at Alila

Stumbled upon a ceremony

Jungle swing

Modern Indonesian cuisine with local ingredients at Locavore

Isn’t this beautiful?

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

One spot without tourists!

Luwak coffee tasting at Bali Pulina

The famous Bali bag