Ubud Tourist Information
The Ubud Tourist Information is a great source of information and the people that manned the desks are very helpful. They offer also tours that are competitive prices, all written in the bulletin boards.
If you want to know on what cultural shows are available on the evening, they can easily give you info and direction.
The location is just next to Ubud Market, and almost opposite of Ubud Palace.
we found this lotus pond accidentally. a local told us about this. it was so beautiful: a huge pond, filled with lotus with bridge in the middle.
the pond can't be seen from the street, it's behind the lotus cafe.
perfect place for a romantic evening dinner
Desepite a very strange name this restaurant is a upper class place. With a delightfull and romantic dining area - just in the middle od rice paddys! It's worthgoing especially in the evening - when whole area is filled with burning candles. A duck of course. Not dirty but delightfull - especially in very crispy, deep-fried version. With Bintang beer!
Overall, this restaurant was a tad over-hyped in my opinion. Ladies, be aware that your purse will be searched before you enter the restaurant. The menu choices are a three-course set menu (regular or vegetarian) or a seven-course chef's tasting menu. All of them cost Rp. 450,000. They can also whip up a special menu based on your likes & dislikes, but mine would have taken all day to recount. Thus, I went with the regular three-course set menu, of which there were very limited choices.
Unfortunately, I probably would not go here again, though the restaurant itself is beautiful & the staff were, for the most part, very efficient. The manager was great!
I also noted that people were not dressed up much at all, even though Mozaic is supposedly the best & most expensive restaurant in Ubud. My appetizer was seared sea scallops served with potatoes (if I recall correctly). They were excellent. My second course was suckling pork served three ways: crispy pork roll, pork chop & sliced pork. These were served over a bed of turnips. The crispy pork roll was disgusting -- too crunchy/crispy & fatty. The pork chop & sliced pork, on the other hand, were quite tasty. I despised the turnips! Dessert consisted of passion fruit cream in a puff pastry with a honey/cardamom sauce served with coconut sorbet & mint gelee. The passion fruit cream was both too sweet & too tart for me. Actually, I'm not really a fan of cardamom, either. Rolls were interesting; they were seaweed rolls. Rice was complimentary, as well as a few amuse bouches.
My glass of Montepulciano was Rp. 120,000 & my bottle of San Pellegrino was Rp. 38,000.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Padangtegal
It's a forest...not very sure how big it is. There're more than 300 long tails monkeys here. Some of them were quite friendly...they would climb on you, while others could be looking for fleas, making noises screaming for food n running around playing with their monkey friends.
Here you'll find a temple, cremation temple and bathing temple. This forest sanctuary is said to be sacred as it represents an ancient Balinese Hindu settlement.
You have to pay the entrance fee located at the main entrance. This place is hard to miss...just before reaching the main town of Ubud...you'll see a huge sculpture of monkey on the right and left side of the road...(it's a one way street) and your left just before the town you'll see the entrance.