After a stroll on the black sand beach, we hit up the huge morning market in one of the nearby villages. This is actually where the shops in town pick up their inventory at wholesale. Here you can find endless carvings, crafts, jewelry, housewares and furniture at great prices. You have to bargain, but even if you only get a rupiah or two off the original price it's still a deal. I had a hard time resisting shopping here! If we had been going straight home after Bali, I would have purchased an extra bag and filled it with many treasures from this market!
Next on the list was a visit to the Bali Safari to see their show and visit the zoo. This was one of the few touristy things we did in Ubud and for good reason. The one-hour show was really fantastic and looked like something you'd see in Las Vegas. They didn't allow us to bring cameras so I don't have pictures of the show, but check out the website to get an idea. The set is beautiful and colorful, the story is interesting and the music and dancing is really fun to watch.
After the show we took a spin on the safari, which consisted of an encolsed trolley that drove through various habitats featuring animals from Asia, Africa and local Indonesian animals. We saw a lot of new animals, including a pair of beautiful tigers!
At one point, we had the chance to hold an orangutan. You had to buy tickets, so Chris bought 3 tickets - for me, Paul & Nyoman. Surprisingly, he didn't purchase one for himself because I think he was a little afraid of the monkey! Here are some shots Paul, Nyoman and I took with the silly orangutan.
That night we went out to eat in Ubud at a little warung called Wahyu. Set just off Monkey Forest Road near the soccer field, this place is a favorite of Paul and Nyoman's because it has tasty food at great prices. Here I had a great nasi gorem seafood and Chris had the seafood tempura salad. Delish!
That night Ren escorted us to the guest house as usual, and we fell asleep to the sound of the jungle, excited for the next day's excursion - Ganung Kawi Temple & the Summer Palace!