After a long afternoon of walking the ridge trail, we relaxed at our hotel for a bit, taking a quick swim in the pool. In the early evening we set out to find some traditional Indonesian dinner nearby. We found a delightful little Indonesian restaurant about 5 minutes walk from our hotel called “Naughty Nuri’s”. Naughty Nuri specialises in charcoal grilled meats, but as vegetarians we can vouch for their veggie fair being very good as well! We sat down outside beside the giant barbeque grill that faced the roadway. We ordered two large Bintang beers, Jives ordered Nasi Goreng (fried rice with egg on top) and I ordered Cap Cae (boiled veggies with rice). My dinner came with a delicious buttery soup type broth that the veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, peas, carrot) had been cooked in. Both dishes were super delicious and the total came to 207,900 rupiah or about $18 Canadian. We stopped at the supermarket on the way back to the hotel to buy sandals for me and a package of beers for Jives. We then went back to the hotel and had a beer on the balcony as the rain, that had been threatening all day, finally came. We listened to music and talked until about 9pm, the latest we could possibly make ourselves stay up after the long travel the days before.
I woke up way too early and tried to sleep more, but 5:00am it was! We had two coffees on the balcony and then went for breakfast. We sat on the rooftop breakfast patio and both ordered the Indonesian breakfast; fried rice with an egg, rice crackers, fruit and a spicy soy sauce to pour on top!
We then set out on foot for an adventure to the Monkey Forest.
The Monkey Forest was about a one hour walk away, but we stopped halfway at our favourite convenience store for a coffee and a break. It was a really simple walk along rice fields and past many shops and cafes. Honestly, I would recommend the walk over taking a cab if you are able, it really was a nice way to see a much more “slice of life” side of Ubud. A bicycle would be lovely too, as the terrain was very flat.
It cost 100,000 rupiah to get into the monkey forest, so about $9 each. As we approached the area we saw more and more monkeys climbing wires, blocking traffic and grooming one another.