Bali: In and around Ubud – impressive temples and great shows

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Bali is really impressive. After a couple of days in Gili Air we travelled more inside the island – to Ubud.  The main strip around the monkey forest is quite touristic and also expensive. Sneak through the small streets and you find food and beverages for half the price. All the images are copyrighted by dive-hive.com. If you want to use them please contact us.

Matahari Cottages

Well this accomodation is not the cheapest but offers very nice rooms. It’s also very close to the centre and you can reach a lot of things walking.

Matahari also offers a small library with really old material in it. For example there is a big collection of National Geographics issues from 1960’s and 1970’s. Also the rooms have all different themes. It’s a really nice setup with a lot of green garden and view to the small river underneath. In the afternoon you get tea, chocolate cake and a sandwich – awesome.

Accomodation: Matahari

Accomodation: Matahari

Accomodation: Matahari in Ubud - The library

Accomodation: Matahari in Ubud - The library

Accomodation: Matahari in Ubud - Night view

Accomodation: Matahari in Ubud - Night view

huge leaf

huge leaf

Temples

The amount of temples is incredible. It’s nearly impossible to talk about or see them all. But a few impressions should give you a good overview about what to expect.

worshipping hands in a temple

worshipping hands in a temple

Apparently mad people are not allowed to go inside a temple. Can’t be that serious if they have let us in ;-)

no mad people!

no mad people!

Elephant caves - temple

Elephant caves - temple

This tree was absolutey impressive. All the roots you can see on the picture belong to this one tree. That the tree is holy you can see because a sarong is wrapped around.

holy tree in a temple

holy tree in a temple

water lily

water lily

Temple area from above

Temple area from above

The Market

The market is an absolute mess. If you have been in South East Asia before you know what I’m talking about. And every third stall sells the same bits. So it’s unfortunately a bit of a tourist trap. Again: it’s better to sneak through the small streets where you also can find a lot of nice things.

Tip: If you go to the market – go to the middle. On the outside the prices are simple higher as tourists hit them first. Haggling is mandatory. Whatever price you will be told in first place – offer a quarter of it. Never pay more then half of the price you were offered in the beginning. Sometimes you just need a really long breath to get a good price.

Ubund - market

Ubud - market

Evenings

There are so many restaurants – it’s just a matter of the price. On the main roads are the more expensive places. In the side streets you will find good value for your money. It might sound strange but have a look at the beer prices. If a large Bintang is more then 30000 Rupia – it’s an expensive restaurant. The price range for large Bintang is in between 25000 and 50000 Rupia. Also in the most restaurants add 15% to what you see on the menu. 10% service charge and 5% government tax.

Beer: Bintang!

Beer: Bintang!

dinner next to a rice field

dinner next to a rice field

Kecak: The Monkey Dance or Fire Dance

If you have the change go to the Monkey Dance. There is no music but people make “tschack tschack” noises with their voices. Even if they handed out what the story was all about – I quite didn’t get it. Some evil giant was killed by some monkey general and was sent to heaven or so. But the story didn’t matter to me that much. The show was really worth watching it. It took about 90 minutes and cost 80000 Rupia (6.40 Euro). After the Monkey Dance there was a man with a “horse” in trance who kicked fire and burning wood around. Really hard to describe – just watch it if you are there …

Monkey Dance Kecak - Fire Dance theatre

Monkey Dance Kecak - Fire Dance theatre

Monkey Dance Kecak - Fire Dance preparation

Monkey Dance Kecak - Fire Dance preparation

Monkey Dance Kecak - Fire Dance

Monkey Dance Kecak - Fire Dance

Ubud: Monkey Dance Kecak

Ubud: Monkey Dance Kecak

 

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published on October 16, 2011 by jdo
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