Bali, Indonesia is beautiful. From the airport we drove through amazing mountain and jungle scenery. We are staying at Ubud Village Hotel at Monkey Forest. In the morning we needed to explore. Out the front entrance of our resort and a right turn. Shortly we arrive at the Monkey Forest entrance.
Yes, that is a monkey on the roof. Just inside the monkey forest is a statue.
And this statue has a monkey on the head. And monkeys nearby. We like monkeys, but there are a lot of them. The road coming into Ubud passes in front of the monkey forest.
The vegetation is beautiful and tropical. It seems like there are many motorcycles. This is a different statue.
Turtles have a significance to the local people, and here is a stone monkey sitting on the turtle. And, two famous Colorado Traveling Ducks, sitting on the turtle head. We have seen a few dogs on the street.
We love this sign. Free veterinary care for street dogs. Isn’t that great? We have places to go with our group this morning, so we wander back toward the hotel.
Shopping is available everywhere. As the day progresses, we see so many motorcycles.
They are convenient to rent and so much easier to drive than cars. We think this is a nice way to see Bali. We did make some purchases, but no food. Different people on the street warned us to be careful as the monkeys will take what they want. We made sure nothing was poking out of our shopping bags.
And so many great statues of monkey near the monkey forest. A few blocks from the monkey forest we did not see any more monkeys. Bali is Indonesia’s main tourist destination. Located 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali has a wonderful climate all year. Ubud, the city we are visiting, is known as the cultural center and magnet for artists.
This store offers an unusual variety of items. While walking we entered some stores and made some purchases. Snake skin change purses, wooden monkeys and bowls, a statue of Ganesha, a Hindu god, a little jewelry, and our favorite. Reusable bamboo drinking straws. We had never seen the bamboo straws before. Always something new to see.
Another interesting shop. But this store, across from our hotel, had to be our favorite.
Our relative from Bali is ready to take us to the pool or beach. Unfortunately, mom says we are on a tour and have places to go. But we enjoyed meeting a fellow rubber duck. We already like Bali, and our town of Ubud. We’re eager to see more of Bali.