In addition to the Enchanted Monkey Forrest, the other main activity to do in Ubud is to see an "authentic" Balinese dance. We checked out a show one night and it was fairly entertaining even if the music was a little headache-inducing.
Once we got the dancing out of the way, we ventured outside of Ubud by renting a moped to cruise the surrounding countryside. We quickly got lost looking for the Gunung Kawi temple complex as there was a different complex similarly named in another town. We founds ourselves going down increasingly narrow lanes and finally we got chased by a dog only to have to turn around and face the mongrel once again. Braving the dog was worth it because along the way we enjoyed beautiful views of the Balinese landscape.
Luckily we survived and many hardly paved back roads later we finally found the temple complex and got there shortly before it closed. As with all temples in Bali, men are required to wear the traditional dress.
The temple complex dates from the 11th century and consists of huge stone notches as well as a traditional Balinese temple complex.
Although the temple complex was awesome to see, it was the surrounding views of terraced rice paddies that were truly captivating.
Up next, checking out the religious aspect of Bali!