This is a continuation to the recount on my Ubud day trip from Ubud Day Trip 1
After a packed programme in morning, which we visited a Batik Shop, the Batuan Temple and a Coffee Plantation, it was time for us to have a good lunch!
4. Lunch at Sawah Indah
Our friends actually recommended us to dine in dirty duck restaurant (aka Bebek Bengil) for their famous crispy duck. However, our driver told us that the original chef has left the original shop and went over to Sawah Indah. As he is local, and will not earn any commission by sending us to Sawah Indah, we decided to trust him and give it a try.
Once we entered the compound, we were greeted by a huge pond just beside the parking area. Trust me, when you are there, it gives you a sense of tranquility and peace. (Maybe also because we were the only few early ones to reach this restaurant, less people = less noise pollution)
The restaurant setting is simple and resorts style. The friendly staff will allow you to choose which hut you will like to have your meal.
The best thing about this place is the view you will get. From the little hut you are sitting in, you will get to overlook a vast horizon of paddy field. Coupled with the continuous cool breeze blowing gently at you, the overall experience will make you feel relaxed and soothing.
Food wise, they offered extensive range of Balinese delicacies, ranging from fish, shrimp, meat, to the cooking method be it grilled, fried, and cooked in a bamboo (which is their specialty). They are not only delicious but also reasonably priced. As we were 2 person dining, our stomach could only afford to order 2 of their specialities + 1 veggie.
– Bebek Goreng (Crispy Duck) – Rp 80,000 (~SGD 8)
As the name implies, the duck is fried till crispy. With their special spice put in while frying, it removes the natural odour of a duck, and giving it a tasteful sensation. The chili dip that comes with the dish is hot but worth a try!
This dish looks small but is just nice for 2 persons. So perhaps if you go over there as a family, you might want to consider ordering more sets.
This dish is definitely worth your money!
– Gurami Timbung (Bamboo Fish) – Rp 120,000 (~SGD 12)
This dish follows a balinese tradition cooking style in which by grilling the bamboo with the fish inside the bamboo stem to allow the fragrance of young green bamboo infused into the fish meat. You will get to taste sourness, sweetness and a bit of spiciness (as we requested for it to be less spicy) from just one bite of the fish meat. It is really delicious, and I recommend all visitors to give it a try. Yum Yum~
This is also another dish that worth ordering!
– Gado Gado (Mixed Vegetables Salad)
To complete an healthy meal, it is always advisable to include a veggie dish into your selection. Therefore, Gado Gado was recommended by the staff.
It contains bean sprout, potato, carrot, cabbage, Chinese spinach and cucumber. This dish is then doused with peanut sauce to give it a sweet taste. And also because of the peanut sauce, it resembles Rojak, a famous dish from Singapore.
Experiential Learning for Students
The owner of this restaurant actually allows school to have students to ‘work on’ their paddy field. I felt that it is good as student gets to undergo experiential learning journey so as to provide them with a hands-on experience on rice growing.
That day happened to have a group of Singapore secondary school student working on the field.
In conclusion, Mrs SOL and I really enjoyed our dine in experience in Sawah Indah. It has proven to be a wise decision, and we thank the driver for his kind recommendation. 🙂
5. Monkey Forest
The Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal is owned by the village of Padangtegal.
The Monkey Forest of Padangtegal represents a sacred Balinese Hindu site. However, today many Balinese believe that ravines and forested areas are particularly notorious for harbouring human and animal spirits. These beliefs probably originated from the Bali Aga and suggest that the Bali Aga may have considered sites like the Monkey Forest of Padangtegal to be sacred.
The Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal is about approximately a tenth of a square kilometer (approximately 27 acres) in size. Although it is not really a huge forest, the greatest highlight is that you get to be close (really close) to the monkeys.
The monkeys are fun to watch, and some of them will come up close to you. We were warned by our driver to be careful with our belonging as the monkeys will take it if they get a chance, and you probably won’t get it back or even if you do retrieve it, it probably won’t be in a good state.
Although scary it might sound, but do rest assured that as long as you follow the rules and take good care of your stuff, unpleasant event will not happened. In fact, Mrs SOL and I did enjoy ourselves a lot in this forest tour.
The monkeys within the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal are commonly called long-tailed macaques. Once you entered the monkey forest, you will be greeted by dozens of monkeys which roam about freely in this forest.
What you can do is that you get close to them (really close) and get to feed them by buying the official forest bananas from a counter. Mind you the monkey gets really aggressive to snatch the bunch of bananas from you.
You will also get to see couple of small ‘families’ within the large eco-system. Usually a few adult monkeys will be around to take care of a baby monkey.
However, for this group of monkeys, you have to be very careful not to get too close as you will provoke the protective mum.
In conclusion, I will definitely recommend all visitors of Ubud to have Monkey forest as part of their itinerary. You get will be in for a unique experience.
The ticket cost is Rp 30,000.
Opening hours are from 8.30am to 6.00pm.
6. Tanah Lot Temple
Our last stop of our day trip is a visit to the Tanah Lot Temple.
First of all, Tanah Lot is not located in Ubud. The reason why we wanted to go there was that we heard that night was having full moon, therefore, we can expect the temple to be buzzing with devotees. My driver was really nice to drive us there although it was really way off Ubud.
Upon hitting the sea side, you will get to see the famous Tanah lot temple. It is best if you can go all the way to the front to feel the gushing sea waves. Being at front also allows you to have a best view of the sunset.
I have reached the end of my Ubud day tour post. Of course, these 2 entries will do no full justice to the beauty of Ubud. There are certainly more places that you can go visit. Places like the Kintamani – to have a look at Mount Batur (a live volcano), Goa Gajah aka the Elephant Cave (nominated to be an UNESCO site) and the famous Ubud Market near the royal palace.
Mrs SOL and I certainty enjoyed ourselves for that day. We would like to give credits to our driver who did a very good job in driving us around and, of course, for accommodating us on our request to visit the Tahan Lot Temple. You can contact him if you need his service. His details are as below:
I Made Parwita (you can call him Mr Made, pronounced as “Maaa Day”)
Mobile no.: +62 81 338 039 605