Ubud: Monkeys, Cock Fights & The MOST INSANE VILLA EVER

We left our awesome villas down in seminyak and headed into the mountains. Not knowing what to expect I was about to be pleasantly surprised. We split into 3 vehicles for the approx 2hour ride up to the villa ‘compound’ in Ubud. We stop along the way at Indus, a beautifully situated mountain side restaurant. The view overlooked a deep valley and the mountains on the other side were striking. The food was excellent and we all proceeded on towards the villa.

When I pulled up to the villa and walked around the wall obstructing the view, my jaw dropped. I tried my hardest to get a good shot on my camera, but the angles just weren’t working out. I’ve included a shot from vrbo below. The places was SICK!!! 2 huge villas connected by a tremendous infinity pool all with a view out across to a mountain in the distance. The staff working at the compound was superb and they made us dinner 2 nights and breakfast both mornings. All the food was superb and the large 20 person table was well displayed/presented with food and table settings.

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Dinner the first night was chicken satay, rice, veggies, fruit and some kind of curry. All excellent. Breakfast the next morning was american style with eggs, bacon, fruit, sausage, etc.

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Monkey Forest

For our first full day we all went down to the monkey forest, approximately a 30 minute drive, where we were in for a treat. Less than 2 minutes after buying our tickets, one of our friends was bit, lol. Theses monkeys dont mess around. Its hilarious watching people buy bananas, getting attacked and immediately dropping their full bunch for the monkeys right at the front entrance. These monkeys are not stupid, thats for sure.

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The scenery throughout the ‘forest’ was really interesting. The had a “spirit temple’ which had a spring water fountain all the way at the end of a long staircase. It was really serene and a little respite from the monkeys (i guess the figured that the time you got all the way down there you wouldn’t have any bananas left.

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All said and done, 2 monkey bites and one scratch. I dont understand how this place stays in business. It would NEVER fly in the US. Not a chance.

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Cock Fight

5 of the guys from the group decided to check out a cock fight that our driver had recommended. The rest of the group went to do yoga (talk about yin yang, huh). The cock fighting was a CRAZY scene. There must have been at least 1000 people jammed into a make shift arena of sorts just tucked away behind this residential “neighborhood”. The whole environment was hot, smelly, sticky, smokey and AWESOME. I never quite got the hang of it, but bets were being placed all over the place and basically everyone was just yelling at each other. It was really interesting the whole process as each cock owner (?) was primping and priming their cock for battle. mmmm cock jocks…

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The birds had 3 or 4 inch knives attached to their feet. I have no idea how the birds know to attack each other, but they did. I will spare you all the gruesome details, but while the fights themselves were not that entertaining, the whole scene and environment was. Just outside the seating area they were selling food and drinks and had people walking around selling goods like you would see at a ball game in the states. The whole thing was intriguing.

We got out of there after a few rounds. I couldn’t get any decent shots of the actual arena, but I want to the ‘staging’ area where the ‘on deck’ cocks were hanging out and got what I think is a good shot (see below) of one of the cocks and his owner.

Rice Fields and Organic Food

After the cocks were all fought, we went to meet the rest of the group at a restaurant which was a 30 minute walk into the middle of a rice field (Sari Organic). Talk about stunning scenery…. The food was OK, the service was TERRIBLE, but the views were great. The walk in was long and hot and, if you are going, I suggest grabbing a motor bike ride up and back if possible. We were able to convince the restaurant staff to give some of us rides back out. Well worth the $1 that it cost us.

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We continued to walk around the town of Ubud. It’s very touristy and there are plenty of restaurants and street shops/markets to check out. I picked up a couple of tank tops, we grabbed some gelato and went back to the villa for our traditional Balinese dinner.

Dinner was great. Don’t remember exactly what we ate (should have wrote it down), but it was all good. Nothing we had eaten up to this point was bad so it just followed the trend.

Driver’s Village

Before leaving Ubud the next day, one of our drivers took us to his village which was about 10 minutes from the villas. It was pretty stark leaving our villa and then entering his village. It was really run down and pretty sad looking. But the people there (essentially the drivers family, about 10-12 of them) all had smiles on their faces. One of them women was working on some food over an open fire. I’m not sure if they had prepared the food specifically for us or if we ate their lunch, but they offered us some kind of chicken/coconut paste fried on a stick. It was surprisingly good.

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We said our goodbyes to the family and left some cash we had on had. Im sure they could use it much more than us.

Hanging Gardens:

Our last stop in Ubud was at the Hanging Gardens, the home of a “top 5 greatest pools in the world”. It was stunning for sure. The view was similar to the one at Indus (our first restaurant stop in Ubud…. You forgot already?). The pool and accompanying hotel was situated along a mountain side and overlooked a valley. Across the valley was a mountain side temple. The whole scene was quite captivating and although it was our most expensive stop to that point in bali, it was worth it.

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After the gardens we were on our way to Sanur, our next and last stop in Bali.

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