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Get your monkey on

Get some pork on you fork

sunny 33 °C

Another good nights sleep. Breakfeast at the hotels restaurant good as usual. Then getting the hotel shuttle into Ubud town. Our main port of call today is the monkey forest. As you can imagine this is a forest full of monkeys. The breed of monkeys are known as balinese longtailed monkeys (macaque). The forest is a sacred site and as well as the monkeys there are temples in the grounds which can only be accessed by locals. There are about 600 monkeys living in the forest. The forest is a dense jungle with paths throughout for tourists to see the monkeys in action. You need to make sure you take off any hats, glasses ,jewelery etc which the monkeys can grab. If they decide to jump on you they will grab anything loose. We saw a couple of people freak out when monkey jumped on them, however, this was because they had food. Once the monkey got the food they were off. It was very hot and steamy in there and of lot of bugs. We enjoyed getting up close to the monkeys, however, we always kept out distance. Cool experience and a must do if in Ubud.
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After the monkey action we had a wander through the streets Ubud looking at some shops. Stopped for a cool drink.
Then it was time for some lunch. One thing Bali is famous for is its suckling pig. Being a big fan of the oinker i knew we had to visit the famous warung babi guling ibu oka 3, translated into place where they sell heaps of suckling pig for you to eat, i think. We found the place in a back alley, very secret stuff. The menu was not huge just paying homage to all things suckling pig. We decided on the special, a bit of everything, fried pork and 2 large bintangs. We have stopped ordering the regular bintangs and go for the long necks, who are we kidding. I liked the fried pork and jen enjoyed the veggie serving and the pork white meat. One bummer was the lack of crackling. One little bit of crackling. WTF! We did enjoy it and have decided to visit again before we leave ubud. Next time we know what to focus on.
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While at the restaurant jen made a new friend.
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Then back to the hotel from some rest (code for bintangs and a swim in the pool).
I love being on holidays and the biggest decisions you need to make are when i should have a drink, anytime, and when i should eat. Decision time. Didnt feel like going to far. Check out mr tripadvisor for help and bingo. A restaurant within 3 minutes walk. Bajus kitchen.
Jen and i made our way the 3 minutes and stumbled across a restaurant full of pensioners. Not that there is anything wrong with pensioners just... they had a band playing dire straits sultan of swing. Love the song... menu was mainly indo. I ordered mie goreng and jen ordered ma s soup? If ma was in the kitchen i couldnt see her. Meals artived and all was good, as the band launched into a credence song, cant remember name. Food was tasty and hit the spot. Couple of bintangs and time for home. Have to get up early for volcano walk. Later.

Posted by andrewjenny 05:34 Archived in Indonesia Tagged bali indonesia monkey forest ubud

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