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Exploring Bali, Indonesia: Balinese Dancers at the Amandari, Ubud


A local girl performing a Balienese Dance at the Amandari

Ubud’s rich artistic culture is one of the area’s biggest draws, and it’s known as the cultural heart of the island of Bali. One of the perks of staying at the Amandari Resort guests is the a chanced to be fully immersed in Balinese culture without needing to leave the property.

Video of a Traditional Balinese Dance Performance at the Amandari

The Amandari hosts traditional Balinese dance performances regularly. The local village children practice their dances daily on the resort grounds and their performance was impressive. Hindu children in Bali are often played music while they are in the womb since the tradition of dance is so much a part of the religious and artistic culture.


Dazzling costumes

Balinese dance includes expressive eyes and elaborate costumes. This was not an awkward school performance… these children had amazing dance skills. Many of them are the children of Amandari employees.


Expressive eyes are a key part of Balinese dance

The performance included group dances, solo dance, and performances with only two or three people. All were impressive. It was nice to be able to see this part of traditional Hindu culture without making extensive plans.

fullsizerender-6Flowers were used in this traditional dance

The dance performance was a beautiful and memorable highlight of my stay at the Amandari.


A full schedule of cultural events and experiences at the Amandari can be found on the hotel’s website.

A full cast photo of the Balinese dancers at the Amandari


Amandari Kedewatan, Ubud
Bali, Indonesia
PO Box 33, Ubud 80571, Indonesia

Tel: (62) 361 975 333
Fax: (62) 361 975 335

Rates from $700 USD (9,290,664 IDR) per night.

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Exploring Bali, Indonesia: The Birds of the Blanco Renaissance Museum in Ubud


Blue-and-yellow macaw (or blue-and-gold macaw (Ara ararauna) and Green-winged macaw (or red-and-green macaw (Ara chloroptera)

An unexpected highlight of my recent trip to Bali was a visit the the Blanco Renaissance Museum in Ubud. Located in the hill top former residence of Philippine-born painter, Don Antonio Blanco, the museum is whimsical and fascinating… and doesn’t allow photography inside.


A gorgeous statue on the museum grounds

Like Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia, Blanco’s favorite subject to paint were nude local women. If you’re visiting and have young children, be aware it is impossible to explore the museum’s interior and avoid the vast collection Balinese nudes.


Palm Cockatoo

The museum is well worth visiting, with lots of paintings and mid-century media collages. But the unexpected find on the grounds is the collection of exotic birds.


White cockatoo (Cacatua alba)

Several birds add the atmosphere of the Balinese gardens, including several colorful cockatoos and a very charming wreathed hornbill. The birds are friendly and happy to pose for pictures.


Wreathed Hornbill

The museum also has a nice cafe overlooking the the Campuhan valley, where you can take in the view below.


Flower bedecked statue in the gardens of the Blanco museum

Strolling through the gardens and seeing the collection of birds is more than worth the entry fee of 80,00o rupiahs (about $6.03 USD).


Green-winged macaw or red-and-green macaw (Ara chloroptera)

If you’re looking for things to do in Ubud, I’d highly recommend checking out the Blanco Renaissance Museum. I had no expectations of it and found the whimsical tropical atmosphere delightful.


Newfound feathered friend



Blue-and-yellow macaw or blue-and-gold macaw (Ara ararauna) and Green-winged macaw or red-and-green macaw (Ara chloroptera)

Be sure to take a pic or two with the birds in the courtyard. They are highly Instagram-worthy subjects.


Maks posing with a feathered friend

The Blanco Renaissance Museum 
Address: Jl. Raya Penestanan, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 975502

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Exploring Bali, Indonesia: The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud


Getting groomed at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

If you’re looking for fun things to do in and around Ubud on the island of Bali, you’re going to hear about the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. It’s not hard to find since it’s located right in the center of town on Monkey Forest Road.


Mama and baby monkey at the Ubud Monkey Forest


Highly photogenic primate at the Monkey Forest in Ubud

Located on a site of a Hindu temple complex in the village of Padangtegal, the Monkey Forest Sanctuary has about 700 macaques roaming freely on the grounds. These are also known as Balinese long-tailed monkeys, scientific name Macaca fascicularis.


Lunch break for a Balinese long tail monkey

These primates wander freely through the twenty seven acres of protected, jungle-like park grounds. They are very used to being around humans and not in the least bit frightened of people.

Monkey on the stairs

There are also fruit vendors selling bananas, should you wish to feed the monkeys. I’d suggest passing on the chance to feed the monkeys. These Balinese long tail monkeys are already very comfortable with humans and can get aggressive. One jumped on my back and grabbed my hair while I was holding a banana. And we all know how virus movies start, don’t we?


Up close with a monkey at the Sacred Monkey Forest

With an entry fee of less than two US dollars, visiting the Monkey Forest Sanctuary is definitely a worthwhile activity if you’re visiting Ubud, which is known as Bali’s cultural center.


Super cute monkey in the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud

Pro-Tip: skip the bananas. Feeding the monkeys makes them very aggressive. They have no problem opening your backpack or grabbing your iPhone

Monkey Forest

Monkey Forest Street – Padangtegal Ubud
Gianyar – Bali, 80571

+62 361 971304

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