Ubud Monkey Forest: If you are from India, you are probably striking this off your list but don't! Set in a natural habitat with old, tall trees, beautiful terrains and monkeys that look like royalty, you will not be disappointed. The Balinese long tailed macaques sport a handsome moustache and beard (females as well) and as long as you don't tease them they will be civil to you.
What you should know:
Kopi Luwak: Bali is filled with coffee plantations where they serve you different varieties of coffee including the most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak. Unlike some other countries, Indonesia allows for civet cats to be kept in captivity and they are often kept in terrible conditions, with the tiniest of cages, unhygienic conditions with civets strutting full of anxiety. If you still cannot resist the temptation, Kopi Luwak packaged as "wild civet coffee" is the better option to choose. On a lighter note, we loved the mangosteen tea powder and returned with a couple of bags of this instead!
Birds in captivity: Tropical lands equals the most exquisite birds and Bali is no exception. To our disappointment, as we walked the streets of Ubud we saw many house and store fronts with beautiful birds in captivity. Even outside Ubud, we learned of traditional practices where hornbills and other exotic birds were captured and killed to make costumes which has led to extinction of certain bird species in different parts of Indonesia.
Visiting Temples: As you visit different temples, you will notice signs and rules operated around how you should dress, when you can enter, when you cannot be permitted etc. that it may almost seem uninviting. Be aware of these cultural quirks and don't let them dampen your spirits as you enter the world of architecture and beauty. Also, carry a sarong - this will be required in almost all Bali temples.