There are some nice restaurants in Ubud but again read up the review before you enter. We had an amazing time at the Salsa night in the Laughing Buddha Bar (Highly recommended)
Luwak Coffee is the famous coffee of Bali and our driver kept insisting to take us to the coffee plantation .Interestingly, the coffee is made by drying and crushing the poo of Luwak (a civet cat)which feeds on the coffee berries. We were told that the coffee is such that if men drink it women get happy (hehhehe????)we weren’t up to drinking it despite that, though.
Overall the bumble bees, butterflies, dragon flies just add that magical charm to the place.
So much so about the place , but there was actually more happening on our trip .By the end of our trip both me and my husband(he has a relatively strong stomach) ,had food poisoning and were scared to eat anything . So I was cranky after not having eaten for about 36 hours (only some fruits & coconut water). To add to it, on our way back our Lion Air connecting flight from Bali to Jakarta was delayed (it was a low cost airlines, budget trip you see) and we were super stressed looking for next best option to reach home .On speaking with the flight attendant, we were rushed to the other terminal (apparently the other flight was kept on standby, waiting for us, Thank God!) and our luggage was directly sent in. After all the stress and feeling sick we finally landed in our home country and took a sigh of relief that we are finally home (yay????) . No but there was more to come. We discovered, due to lack of time, they couldn’t load our luggage. Disappointed, irritated & hungry we filed a complaint with the lost and found department and were assured that the luggage would be sent to our place by next morning. Finally we reached home, happy that at least we reached home safe.
Next day when we didn’t hear from the airport authorities till noon, started our quest to follow up with them and believe you me, it was a task to get through to them on phone or even to get their email id. So, my husband decided to go to the airport and speak to the authorities. Trust me he had a hard time controlling himself not to end up in a fight because there was no trace of our stuff. By now in a way we started to feel that our luggage was gone and began consoling ourselves that it was just some material stuff.
And just when we had almost lost hope, came a phone call from the airport authorities that they had found our luggage ( call from heaven????), some serendipity that left us elated. We were more happy than we had ever been and were laughing at the events till late in the night. Finally All’s well that ends well and yeah you do experience more and different dimensions on a budget trip.Had the food been nice ,maybe I would have liked to spend some more time there taking up some workshops , getting Balinese Massage , getting to know more of the local culture but for now , I definitely want to watch the movie EAT ,PRAY,LOVE again and spot in the movie the places we visited ????
How will I plan my next Trip to Bali
Take direct flight to Bali and if theres no other option but to take connecting flights stick with full-fledged airlines , for low- cost airlines have a reputation of running late.
Land at Denpasar and head directly to Ubud and stay in one of the best resorts there. Ubud should be the center of your stay and can travel intra-day for activities and sightseeing. Infact ,stay at a hotel that offers most of the activities and workshop (Must)
Carry MTR Packets & drink only bottled mineral water (Must)
Read up review on restaurants before entering(Must)
Fix your driver to take you around before you land in Bali or stick to Bluebird(Definitely).Our driver Puttu in Ubud was good (highly recommended)
You will normally get anything at half of the price that is first quoted to you
2am Mt Batur Trek to See the Sunrise and then cycle down from the hill (Definitely)
Visit To Ulluwatu Temple and watch the Kecak dance at sundown (missed it this time next time Definitely)
Nature Walk in Monkey forest and Visit to Elephant Caves (Can )
Painting Retreat (Maybe a day workshop)
Visit to a Local Healer(Maybe)
Maybe Visit a Coffee plantation and see the Luwak Coffee making process(Can)
Things which are completely avoidable
Potato Head – Over Hyped. Had more fun at the Salsa Night at Laughing Buddha Bar, Ubud
Sukavati art center – Had almost the same stuff as Ubud Market Central. Infact quality and variety is much better in the Ubud Market Center
Waterbom – The water park in Kuta City Center is over-rated as the best water park in Asia. For anybody who has been to water parks around the world its just an average water park. Infact Waterbom stands nowhere in front of Atlantis water Park , Dubai
Till next time …Chao