On the long slow drive to Ubud, Ivant stopped at a few shops as the girls requested, a jewelry shop and a Batik shop. There were thousands of items most of which crafted in the Batik style at the Batik market. I didn't want to do any souvenir shopping at that time because my budget was getting tighter, but definitely when I return to Bali I will try and find that Batik shop again.
It is a lot cheaper to buy your souvenirs there in one of the many markets on the road to Ubud and north of Ubud. Buying souvenirs in Kuta and Legian, is ok for typical touristy knick-knacks, but if you prefer more arts & crafts, and unique items, it's much better to go deeper into the island and away from the beach areas.
- Coffee Poop Stop -
No, that's not a spelling error. We made a poop stop and I am not ashamed to share the story with you.
This was the highlight of our little road trip! We stopped at a coffee farm. But not just any coffee farm... One of the many coffee farms in Bali, where they brew the world famous Kopi Luwak coffee!
The best and most expensive coffee in the world I was told.
In short, Kopi Luwak comes from the Civet a squirrely cat type of mammal that eats coffee berries, and poops out the coffee beans. The beans are then harvested from the poop, cleaned, fermented, dried and roasted.
Yes, I said. The beans are harvested from the poop.
All for your drinking pleasure, for a small fee in Bali, but at a high cost when imported.