Bali, Indonesia (Part III: Monkey Forest, Ulun Danu, Tanah Lot)

Our second day is again, temple day! The plan is to finish Ubud and the upper parts as we are moving south afterwards. We first headed to Monkey Forest since it was near the resort.



As the name suggests, there were lots of monkeys around the area. For those who have not been warned, avoid bringing headgear and sunglasses. Tourists usually fall prey to monkeys grabbing those accessories.



Since the area was long, it was always good to see fellow visitors walk-by. We sometimes get scared of the larger monkeys as they seem aggressive at times. We tried to stay on the main pathways.


We wanted to walk around Ubud since it’s regarded as the “artsy” part of Bali. There were lots of small shops and boutique stores around the Monkey Forest area. Instead, we just headed straight to the Ubud Market since we did not have the time.


Here, you can buy your typical souvenirs to bring home. Like any other market, don’t forget to bargain your hearts out to get a good deal! I was able to buy a few Bintang t-shirts, some shot glasses and an ashtray (that everyone in Bali seem to have with the same design). We also found a tourist shop that sells postcards. It has always been our thing to write postcards to each other when we travel. Something to look forward a few months after we return from our trips. (Unfortunately, we never received any of the postcards we sent)


Our next stop took us up north to visit the Ulun Danu Temple along Beratan Lake. This temple is one of the must-sees according to a lot of travel reviews. There were lots of people taking pictures within the lake temple so it was hard to capture a good shot.



Alas, I was lucky enough to take one last shot of the temple. There was no one around for a moment.


As the sun was about set, we headed south for our last stop – Tanah Lot. I was really looking forward to seeing this place. We rushed towards the entrance as you had to go through several gift shops before reaching the temple.


We made it just in time! The sunset was great!


I have seen photos with a much better angle of Tanah Lot. We did not have the time to plan it so we just went straight to the far right of the temple. Maybe, we should go back again.


At this point, we were already so exhausted from two days of temple touring. By sun down, the tide was already getting high so we decided to head to Batu Belig to check-in at our next place – Brown Feather!


I was hoping that this place would look like the photos we saw when we were searching for places to stay near Seminyak. Very affordable and the location is near places like Metis, Potato Head Beach Club andKu De Ta. This was indeed a hidden gem! More about this lovely bed and breakfast in my next post.


It was already getting late but we still had to find a place for dinner. Luckily, there’s a nearby Naughty Nuri around the block. It took us around 15-20 minutes of walking down the main road to get there at night.


Naughty Nuri is famous for their ribs. Since the place was jam-packed, we stayed in a large square table with other guests.


Good food and some nice temples for Day 2! Head to Part IV: Brown Feather Bed & Breakfast.

– The Tourist Pao


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