September 3, 2016

Bali: take a VW road trip to Ubud!

We stood in the lobby of the Mercure hotel at Kuta Beach and looked at the 13 brightly coloured vintage VW jeeps that had arrived to take all 40 of us on a VW Safari whizzing through the busy streets all the way to Monkey Forest in Ubud. What a day we were in for!

I made a bee-line for the bright red one, jumped in the back and with the top down we inched our way into the traffic, glad I wasn’t driving!

Road rules don’t mean much over here as scooters drove past us and stayed on the right side (note: wrong side) of the road. The drive on the left in Indonesia. Our driver didn’t seem fazed when we rolled through the red light keeping up with the group – and got stuck in the middle of the road.

Here’s some of my favourite pics of our day out:

Monkey Forest Ubud Bali

Our little car at the Monkey Forest, Ubud

VW safari through windsceen bali

An excellent way to have a look around the busy streets of Bali and decide where to come back to later

VW safari past temples

Plenty of neighbourhood temples along the route to Ubud

Whire VW safari Bali

Keeping up with the group!

VW at red lights ubud

Who said a red light meant stop?!

VW road trip bali

No one beeped at us, they’re so used to it!

VW safari to ubud

With the top down you can even sit on the back and take photos

VW drive through rice fields

Ask your driver to stop alongside some rice fields – they make great photo ops!

rice drying on road

Rice drying on the roadside

Entrance to monkey forest

Entrance to the Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

monkey forest bali

Cheeky monkey eating a chocolate bar

man with monkey ubud

If you’re brave enough! These ones have big teeth and even bigger bollocks!

Dont touch the monkey sign

Do Not Touch Monkey …!

You might like my post on visiting the dragons on Komodo Island next!



My visit to Bali was sponsored by the great team at Indonesia Tourism, but I was free to write about the things I loved most – like this VW Safari tour. I would totally recommend you rent a car and a driver for a day. Prices start at US$55 per adult.

About Megan Singleton

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