As I write this post, I’m sat in our beautiful hotel room in Ubud with the air con blasting and Aaron munching on some Indonesian crisps. We’ve had an amazing week in Ubud, but are definitely ready to move on to the next leg of our trip in Kuta! So for fun, I thought I’d share some thoughts and observations I (well, we) have had about the place we’ve been for the week;
- Indonesian people are so LOVELY! I can’t think of one local person that we’ve met that hasn’t been welcoming, happy to help and purely genuine. Yes I might speak a bit too quickly for them and they might not always understand what I’ve said, but they’ll do their hardest to help us
- There are A LOT of restaurants, like a hell of a lot. You walk through the centre of Ubud and you’ll be met with masses of different places to eat – which is all good until one of you gets the infamous Bali belly (*cough* Aaron *cough*) and can’t handle the 10-15 minute stroll into town without the worry of needing the loo. There are a lot of healthy eating, vegetarian or vegan friendly places which serve some delicious dishes (some not so much!) one of my favourite dishes was a pumpkin curry from a restaurant called Casa Luna – definitely check it out if you’re in Ubud!
- The majority of dishes have egg on or in them – want a chicken burger? Here’s a fried egg to go with that! A classic Balinese Nasi Goreng? Pop an egg on that too! Chicken Caesar salad? Here’s a boiled egg to go with that!
- There don’t appear to be any rules on the roads (this doesn’t just apply to Ubud where it’s quite tame in comparison to the organised chaos on the road in Denpasar by the airport), no speed limit signs, traffic is sometimes controlled by a man standing in the road directing traffic but you’ll often find masses of mopeds (which they call motorbikes – that got slightly confusing when we wanted to rent one!) weaving in and out of cars queuing up, people will just pull out in front of you and you’ll often see a family of three all mounted onto one moped!
- The art and craftsmanship of wood here is phenomenal – if you can afford to fork out to pay for some furniture or large art pieces to be sent home then it’s definitely worth it – I fell in love with the enormous handcrafted dream catchers and crocheted hammocks (if I had a garden I’d definitely be insisting to Aaron that we need to buy and ship a hammock home!)
- The day trips are EXPENSIVE! Especially in comparison to everywhere else we’ve travelled to – for a day of exploring on a tour you’re looking at around £100 or 1.8m Indonesian Rupiah, in comparison to around £40 for two to go on an all day boat trip around the Similan Islands of Thailand. Luckily we’d rented a moped for a few days (which worked out to be around £3/4 a day) and headed to the Ubud Monkey Forrest and the rice fields – both definitely worthy of a trip to if you’re here!
And that’s it from Mrs Albon in Bali! I’ll check back with you all next week with some stories from Kuta!