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Indonesia. Denpasar to Ubud

A June 2002 trip to Bali by cosmic chris

Nicks Pension Photo, Ubud, Indonesia More Photos
Quote: The Lewis v Tyson fight held up our departure for Ubud but once Lennox had clobbered Aluminium Mike and we finally got there it all looked exactly as we'd hoped. Picturesque and much more traditional than Kuta

Indonesia. Denpasar to Ubud


The views across the rice paddies and scenes of traditional Balinese life are extremely picturesque on the road into Ubud. There are many short walks and some longer ones too, with rafting a popular activity too (not so good during the dry season though!).Quick Tips: Ubud is still in your face compared to most Western resorts but nowhere near as much as Kuta. You'll still need to excerise caution since thieves still operate in the area. At the time we were in Ubud it was very quiet so big shopping discounts could be negotiated. Presumably the peak time of July/August and Xmas will yield less bargains.Best Way To Get Around: We took a taxi to Ubud from Denpasar since the previous 3 d...Read More
Nicks Pension Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
Nicks Pension was not our intended destination but Agus, the representative of Nicks was out on the street touting for business. He was very persuasive without being too forceful like many of the other Indonesians we'd met. The pool area was very quiet and secluded with the restaurant nearby, which was major selling point for us. The rooms were clean and large in the mock Bali style of so many of the hotels and guesthousese here. The room only had a fan but AC is not a necessity in this cooler part of Bali at this time of year. The restaurant serves typical Balinese fare along with western standards. The gaspacho (cold Spanish soup) is absolutely delicious as are the banana pancakes which should be i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2002

Nicks Pension
Monkey Forest Road
62 361 975636


Restaurant | "Sababa - Arabic Restaurant"

Sababa is an Arabic restaurant which was a delightful surprise as we walked around Ubud on our first evening. Its small with a couple of tables outside and more inside. The location is perfect since its opposite the Water Palace and therefore very easy to find. My girlfriend is vegetarian but didn't have any problems since the Hummous was excellent. The chicken shaslick/lamb combinations dish was very good. With the wraps, salad and babaganoush accompaniments we were both well satisfied and also managed a couple of Large Bintang beers each. The total price was about 120000Rp (USD12.00).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2002

Jalan Raya
Bali, Indonesia

Sacred Monkey Forest

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Attraction | "Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud"

Sacred Monkey Forest Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
The monkey forest provides a pleasant walk by most peoples standards. The added bonus of having semi-tame monkeys running around and stealing things from tourists is great for kids and adults alike. There are also designated monkey feeders dressed in green (see photos). They're there to feed the monkeys and I suspect act as monkey police in case any get out of hand. Its cooler because of the shade from the trees and you could kill a morning here just walkinhg around. The paths appear a little econfusing at first but the forest isn't that big so there isn't much danger of getting lost. There are shops at the far end from Ubud selling the usual tourist stuff.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2002

Sacred Monkey Forest
Village Of Padangtegal
Ubud, Bali
+62 361 973 285