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!

Monkey Forest Ubud Bali
Our little car at the Monkey Forest, Ubud

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:

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!

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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.

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