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It’s time to continue documenting the remainder of my Bali trip while the memory is still somewhat fresh.

After spending a night at Kuta and two more nights at Sanur, we moved to Ubud.

Located at central Bali, Ubud is about one and a half hours away from Kuta on a cab, which in Balinese traffic, only covers around 35-40 kilometers.

Night at Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali
Night at Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

The most happening place in Ubud must be Jalan Monkey Forest, a street filled with many hotel/hostel/home stays, restaurants, art galleries, and touristy shops. It is a (mostly) narrow one way street with cars that travels no faster than you could jog.

The relatively higher elevation of 200+ meters above sea level and the abundance of greenery at Ubud gave the place a slightly cooler and more pleasant temperature and than the coast.

Sri Bungalows with lush green padi field at the back
Sri Bungalows with lush green padi field at the back

We checked into Sri Bungalows located on Jalan Monkey Forest and paid US $60 via agoda.com for the room that had a King size and another Twin bed. The wifi only works for one device at a time, but it won’t be a holiday if you constantly have to be on the internet, right?

At the back of the hotel (which was a series of “bungalows” with 4 rooms each, 2 on ground & 2 on 1st floor) is a swimming pool, and next to the swimming pool are lush green paddy fields. I’m not sure if these are real farmer’s paddy fields or they’re there only for the hotel guests, but they’re sure beautiful and very relaxing just to stare at.

artsy stuff all over Ubud
artsy stuff all over Ubud, all for sale

All along Jalan Monkey Forest and a few streets around it, there are art shops. Many many art shops. Ubud is the art and crafts hub of Bali, and it may as well be the art & crafts hub of South East Asia. Throw a stone in any direction at this place and chances are you’ll hit a painting.

You can find art pieces from from 100,000 IDR cheap paintings to works done by famous Indonesian artists that fetches a small fortune.

monkey forest at Ubud, the prime tourist attraction
monkey forest at Ubud, the prime tourist attraction

Monkey Forest (naturally located at Jalan Monkey Forest), also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, is a sanctuary with over 500 long-tailed macaques roaming about in the forest among the trees and temples.

mom, elder sibling, and baby monkeys
mom, elder sibling, and baby monkeys

Entrance to Monkey Forest is 20,000 IDR (exchange rate was at 10,000 IDR to 3.40 MYR at time of travel). You get a small guide map and plenty of advertisements. There are 2-3 entrances into the sanctuary, and ticket counters are right next to each of them.

There are villagers selling bananas, peanuts, and other fruits you can purchase to feed the primates.

obviously these westerners were braver than me with the monkeys
obviously these Australians were braver than me with the monkeys

It doesn’t take more than an hour or so to explore the entire Monkey Forest. There were certainly a lot of monkeys, and some of them quite daring too if food is presence. Fortunately, the monkeys are non aggressive for the most part.

I didn’t dare letting these tailed cousins sit on my lap or climb on me, but some of these Aussie tourists were more daring. (I still remember how hard the monkey bit me while filming for Project Alpha at Tambun, luckily its teeth were filed)

and I tried the famous cafe Lewak, Haze thought it was gross
and I tried the famous cafe Luwak, Haze thought it was gross

We also stopped by a Bali Pesto Cafe along Jalan Monkey Forest cos they serve Kopi Luwak. For those who are not familiar with this special type of coffee, do read:

Kopi luwak, or civet coffee, is one of the world’s most expensive and low-production varieties of coffee. It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract.

More about that in the wiki entry of Kopi Lewak.

This cup of kopi luwak cost me 46,000 IDR including tax, which translate to something like 1.5 cups of Starbucks.

I had it black and did not add any sugar, and true to its reputation, the coffee wasn’t very bitter and carry a pleasant aroma. It pretty nice coffee, but I don’t see the what the hype is about though.

Then again, I couldn’t be 100% sure that the coffee they served me was in fact, kopi luwak. Will try it again next time. :D

how you transport chicken in Bali
this is how you transport chicken in Bali

And after that 3 dogs on motorcycle photo in the last picture of Kuta post, I shall end this post with a photo of this chicken transporter Haze managed to shoot while we were riding on the rental motorbike around Ubud.

Discuss : KY travels – Monkey Forest & Kopi Luwak at Ubud, Bali

  1. Kopi luwak! Hey, that’s not too bad, the prices in Bali.

    The most expensive I’ve ever heard was the time they sold it in Harrods in London but then it was for a charity event if I’m not mistaken.

    Kopi luwak is pretty good but then again I’m also never certain if I’m getting the real deal. Heh. :)

  2. Kopi luwak very special one…

  3. i felt that it had a smooth, sweet taste to it. i had it black too. it’s an interesting experience.

  4. somehow this coffee has eluded me on my every trip. my next drive in bali in feb 2012 i will self remind myself that whatever it is, i must drink the coffee luwak. *must must must*

  5. why are you monkeying around the serious monkey? hahah

  6. Haha I had the Kopi Luwak in Bali too, but it was at this kononnya “coffee plantation” that the tour guide took us too, and the coffee was so watery – I was thoroughly unimpressed :( I’m determined to go back one day and find REAL luwak coffee!

  7. So you like coffee that has been shat out first by some animal eh? hahahah :P
    LOVE the photo of you and the monkey! And some really great shots at Monkey Forest. What is it with you and US $60 .. is that ur cut off budget in Bali! So rich one.. !

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  9. did u visit any bar in ubud?

    laughing buddha bar, ubud, is the hot sauce!

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