The Bali monkey jungle sits on the edge of another busy city, Ubud. The author of Eat, Pray, Love stayed in Ubud during the “Pray” part. The monkeys were cute and hilarious. They will steal anything they can from you. TAKE OFF YOUR HATS, SUNGLASSES AND HOLD ONTO YOUR CAMERAS.
Night Life: Billies had a very good band with two wonderful female Bali singers. Across the street we took in a Transvestite lip sync show. The characters were very entertaining and very hard to believe they were men. Bene’s Bar and Restaurant gets honourable mention. Just a short walk from our hotel we found the best food and a “Cheers” atmosphere type outdoor bar and restaurant. We did get to know the owner and the other regular patrons, mostly from Australia.
Sky Garden: If you like nightclubs Sky Garden should be on your list. It is has 3 or 4 levels. We paid $15 to get in which included 4 drinks. We recieved two drinks on the first level and the other two drinks on the second level. There is an out door view of the busy street below, the music is loud and the dance floor was shoulder to shoulder. I personally did not attempt the dance floor. The Sky Garden is such a unique nightclub .
Frankenstien’s Bar and Retaurant: This was such a fun place. When do you get Halloween every day of the year? They have a nightly show of Michael Jackson “Thriller” and Beetle Juice. Shots come in syringes or you can get an IV rolled up to your table with your choice of spirits.
Sun Hotel Legian Spa and Purrfect Spa: The Purrfect spa is right beside Bene Bar and Restaurant. The service is bang on. The massages, pedicures, manicures, etc are professionally done. The price is around $10 USD for an hour massage. We loved this spa so much that we went back many times. I had the Body Scrub Massage twice. You may even meet the owner Pam from Australia. We also enjoyed the spa in our hotel.
There are many spas everywhere. IF YOU WANT TO PAMPER YOURSELF, BALI IS THE PLACE TO DO IT.
The Temples: Don’t miss the Holy Water Temple. They do provide sarongs. We didn’t have enough time to go into the holy water, but we had our own water christening from the Gods. We got soaked going back to our taxi, when the heavens poured rain. Should have had our umbrellas!
Mount Batur: The drive there and the view from the top was breathtaking! There are hiking expeditions, but we chose the view from a restaurant. We took pictures just in time.
While we were eating our buffet lunch, the clouds rolled in and we could no longer see it. Mount Agung is another volcano option.