Monkey Forest, Ubud, Balid, Indonesia

On the second day in Ubud we caught up with my brother, Simon and his friend Josh who drove down from Sanur on the coast of Bali. We decided to visit the Monkey Forest first even though we were not quite show if it was something we should take Farah into.

It turned out that the Monkey Forest was quite okay, with the monkey’s staying their ground unless you presented them with food. There were local Balinese men with sticks scattered around the Monkey Forest who did try to maintain the peace, though a lot of the time they were feeding the monkey’s instead.

Ubud city – Ubud Palace, Pura Saraswati and Museum Pura Lukisan

Our first day in Ubud we decided to take it easy and explore Ubud city, after all, we weren’t entirely sure how little Farah would hold up.

I purchased the Deuter Kid Carrier on an impulse and it was really very useful navigating the uneven and dangerous paths.

Located at the North of Ubud is a collection of temples some which have been incorporated into the grounds of the modern Ubud Palace and Ubud Museum.

Ubud Palace

The unsigned palace is a small section of the palace courtyard open to the public, exploring the grounds gave us a taste of Balinese architecture, multi tiered roofs with mythical creatures all wearing a traditional Sarong, which normally covers the temple  visitor’s bare legs.

Pura Saraswati

From the courtyard of Ubud Palace we continue to wander around the area, we stumbled into some unknown temples there were across the road which may have been the local village’s private temple, a sight we realised was quite common throughout Ubud.

We headed back to the main road and passed Pura Desa temple, which even though we couldn’t enter was very impressive from afar, with its meticulously kept gardens.

Next door to Pura Desa is the entrance to Pura Saraswati, an unusuality  is the Starbucks coffee at the entrance, which though it isn’t great to see at a temple, does a good job of blending in.

Pura Saraswait’s entrance is a central walkway past ponds of lotus flowers and made for some nice photos. Inside the upper temple’s level was many mini temples and shrines, some with mythical creates adorning them.

Ubud Museum

Ubud Museum’s entrance is another converted temple, Puri Lukisan, once past the entrance there is meticulous gardens with ponds and water features. We spent a while exploring the grounds and the small scattered buildings on the garden’s outskirts that housed artwork.

At the end we took a break with a complimentary cold drink.

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia – travelling with a little one

Our trip to Bali was our first family holiday with the little one. Bali is a convenient three and a half hour flight from Perth.  We hadn’t been there before together, and since it is relatively tourist friendly and not too expensive to travel, we thought it would be a great choice for a short trip.  We decided to stay in Ubud, a bustling town in the island’s central area, famed for its picturesque rice paddies, temples, culture, food and art.

Our accommodation was a lovely Balinese style villa set amongst the rice paddies – such luxury for us who are accustomed to hostels and backpacker joints. It even had its own private pool! The villa was in the village of Mas, a little out of the main city, and though it meant we needed to catch a shuttle to go into town, it was pleasant being away from the smells and sounds of the city. We took a few early morning walks around the rice paddies and it was quite enjoyable.

Phnom Phen, Cambodia – Killing Fields, Shooting Range, National Museum and Romdeng Restaurant

Back in Phnom Phen we visited a few more of the cities sites, including visiting the Killing Fields, shooting an AK-47, shopping at the Central Market, visiting the National Museum and ate some unusual food at Romdeng Restaurant.

Choeung Ek Killing Fields

A chilling reminder of the atrocities during the Khmer Rouge regime, of one million people were executed in the area with many mass open graves located in the area. Today there is a memorial marked by a stupa which encases the skulls of those that were murdered.

Thunder Ranch Shooting Range

Located nearby Choeung Ek is the Thunder Ranch Shooting Range run by a unit of the Royal Cambodian Army. For forty dollars I had a taste of a noisy AK-47 assault rifle.

National Museum of Cambodia

A nice museum with plenty of Buddhist statues of devas and deities. The photographs below were taken in the surrounds of the museum.

Romdeng Restaurant

A nice way to finish Phnom Phen and our Cambodia trip, unusual foods were no-uncommon in Cambodia, having already tried fried tarantula and fresh lotus seeds. That night we order a jackfruit salad, lotus root salad,  a beef dish with fried tree ants, among other dishes.