The grounds of our resort in Ubud @ night (above) & our bathroom (below). Each bungalow had an outdoor bathroom. My sis & niece were a bit paranoid about meeting a wild animal in the middle of the night.......something I didn't give much thought to, to be honest. Anyone would think they were the city slickers & I the country bum in that respect!
This is what you do when you don't have a map! Our resort didn't have one either, so I took a photo of the map they had on their counter. We stayed at the southern end of the Monkey Forrest about a 5 minute walk away.
We had mixed reports about how safe it was to walk through the Monkey Forrest - some said DO NOT do it, the Monkeys will attack you; some said it's OK, just make sure you keep a firm grip on your bags, put away anything reflective (sunglasses, camera's etc) & if you are worried, grab a stick; Others said it's no problem.
We saw a guy with a huge camera taking photo's with monkeys all around him. One monkey clambered up his backpack! The guy just looked over his shoulder with the expression "really?" at the Monkey who then clambered down. My sis grabbed a big stick & carried that the first time, but felt more confident & actually went by herself on our last day. The lure of a massage was greater than her fear of the monkeys. I used my phone to take some pics. Sorry the quality is not so good.
We spent the entire day wandering around Ubud, looking at the shops & the Market (I was not a fan of the market - can't cope with the hawkers, nor the dead mice!).
Plumbing boy even enjoyed the day's shopping, purchasing himself a t-shirt & a pair of solid silver Gecko door handles. I bought a little elephant for my mate who's having a baby soon & a leather belt with a Stirling silver stingray buckle.
Sis & co (who'd split from us earlier in the day as they wanted to catch a air-conditioned Taxi to the Market & we wanted to walk) bought dresses, (more) DVD's, shorts t-shirts & various other trinkets.
Our last morning dawned, PB & I read for a while before breakfast just enjoying the peaceful surrounds.
Spotting the local fauna & flora.
Sadly we had to leave our paradise & head back to the city. We'd planned to go to Waterbom park earlier in the week with our cousins, however the day we went, they closed the park 1 hour after opening as they weren't happy with the water quality after having been closed for a week for renovations. So we tried again on our last afternoon. One of my cousin's was staying in the hotel directly opposite the park & she'd offered us to leave our bags while we went to the park!
We'd called Wayan & booked him for the day again to take us to Waterbom, then collect us after dinner & take us to the airport. Our bags probably would have been safe with him, but it felt more secure leaving them with our cousin!
Neither of our cousin's could make it to Waterbom that day - one ended up with Bali belly & the one we left our bags with has a bad ankle & it was giving her so much grief, that it wouldn't have been worth her going due to the number of steps you have to climb to access the slides.
The rest of us had a brilliant afternoon & managed to stay until closing! While we had a locker for the valuables, we still had a bit of stuff with us, so I went on first watch & read my book while the others tried out the rides. Tess & PB came back for me eventually (PB took second watch), then Tess took me on all the rides she'd been on so far in order of "scariness". The 3rd slide was very high & very steep & ended up being the scariest (PB thought it was definitely the biggest rush).
The "climax" advertised as their scariest, wasn't actually as bad (after the first 10 seconds). You have to step into a capsule & the floor drops out from under you. But our fave was the Boomerang. Sis, Tess & I decided to go on it (none of us tried it yet). Sis got half way up the stairs & said no way am I doing that! Tess & I did it 4 times over, sent sis back for PB who did it with Tess (you're on a shared rubber tube thingy) who then said I want to do it with YOU! Of course PB & I went faster & higher up the boomerang as we are heavier! It was so much fun!!!!
Finally we left the park & met up with my cousin & her hubby for one final meal before heading to the airport. Tess's was rather spectacular (she ordered the satay sticks!)
Our flight left at midnight & was uneventful asides the usual difficulty of trying to sleep in cattle class. PB & I were home by 9.30am, just in time to pick up my furball from the cattery. She was the smoogiest cat in the world for at least a week. And very clean. With nothing to do for 10 days, she spent a fair bit of time grooming! If I went back to Bali, I'd definitely stay as far away from Kuta (& surrounds as possible) & head up the north coast away from the hustle & bustle of the towns. Give me a sleepy village & a deserted beach any day over traffic & shopping.
We did enjoy catching up with our Western Australian relatives though, as you can imagine, we don't get to see them very often & while the holiday wasn't so much our style, we still had lots of fun.