Day 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 | Ubud
We drove the hour and a half down from Munduk and arrived at our hostel in central Ubud at lunchtime. We immediately set out in search of some food and for a look around the town. Ubud is Bali’s cultural capital and a go-to destination for anything yoga/vegan/gap-yah! Needless to say, I loved it. In the south of Ubud is the Sacred Monkey Forest where tourists can wander amongst the sacred trees and temples and feed tidy bananas to the monkeys that call it their home.
One of the best things about Ubud was the amazing number and variety of healthy/vegan cafes and restaurants. One of our favourites was the Yellow Flower Cafe and was up in the rice paddies to the west. Here we enjoyed ethically produced Luwak coffee and a truly divine raw chocolate, banana and cashew milk smoothie, served with a spoon. Heaven.
We also were in Ubud for Galungan, the Hindu festival celebrating the overcoming of Evil by Good. As a theology student I absolutely loved being in the middle of all the festivities. Notice the large bamboo poles erected outside the cafes and houses as celebratory decorations!