Bali Bird and Reptile Park, Ubud, Monkey Forest and Wood Carver
08.03.2012 - 12.03.2012 30 °C
Our driver picked us up from Kuta and he drove us to Ubud but on the way we stopped off at the Bali Bird and Reptile Park for the day. It was a great place with all kinds of birds that come from Bali. There were also birds from other countries as well. We saw some awesome bird shows and the birds swooped over our heads and took food from their trainers in the audience. Some of the birds played dead in our hands. We were able to take pictures of different birds sitting on our shoulders. We also had pictures taken of us feeding birds. We got so close to a flying fox we could of touch it but we didn’t.
After that we went into the Bali Reptile Park where we saw all sorts of different snakes. We were very lucky as we came at the right time of day so most of them were moving around. We saw Komodo Dragons, Crocodiles, Turtles and Monitor Lizards. We were able to hold a big monitor lizard and it was pretty scary but so cool. Then we went to a place where they do lots of paintings. They were all quite beautiful. When we got to our hotel it was evening and we were pretty tired so we ate and then went to bed.
In the morning we looked around our hotel and saw it was very Traditional Balinese' It was set in the rice fields behind the Monkey Forest. At breakfast we saw several monkeys trying to come up to the tables but the waiters used sling shots to scare the monkeys away. Most of the time it worked but they would keep coming back.
We walked into Ubud through the Monkey forest. That was a real exciting experience! The monkeys were everywhere. We had some bananas and they would jump up onto our shoulders, take the bananas and eat them while sitting on our shoulder. We couldn’t believe it. We got lots of pictures of the monkeys sitting on us. We saw mothers with baby monkeys and they looked so cute. We finished walking through the forest and spent the day in Ubud. We went to the local markets where they sell all sorts of things that they make. We batered for some wood carvings and a few other things. It was fun as nanny is very good at barting. Then we decided to have lunch at a coffee shop nanny and poppy like. It is called Que. They make homemade chocolates and pastries that are so good.
It started to pour down rain and we all got drenched. It was pretty terrible as we all felt yucky. Eventually we dried off from the sun and on our way back to the hotel we stopped at this house in the forest where an elderly man was carving statues out of wood. He invited us in and we saw all his wonderful carvings. He said all the men in his family were wood carvers from generation to generation. We bought some of his carvings for a fraction of what the markets were selling them for and we didn't even have to barter for them because they were so cheap. On our way home one of the monkeys attacked Tom and bit him on the leg which upset him quite a bit but luckily the monkey didn’t break the skin on his leg so it was all good. Even though the monkeys can be scary sometime we both can’t wait to go back into the forest and see them all again tomorrow!