The drive to Ubud was just as adventurous as the other times we'd driven in Indonesia. There seem to be no traffic laws and cars routinely cross into oncoming traffic. We got to see a ton of small villages, and we passed some incredible statues, temples and sites. Even though the distance between Tulamben and Ubud is only 28 miles the way the crow flies, it took almost three hours to get there (not including stopping). We had to travel around Mount Batur, and the roads are slow, windy and not well kept.
We also stopped at Tirtagangga, which is a town with a beautiful royal water palace. It was built in 1946 by the King of Karangsem, but was destroyed in 1963 when Gunung Agung erupted (this is the same eruption that pushed the USAT Liberty into the sea). It has been rebuilt, obviously, and is very beautiful.
|Me at Tirtagangga|
|Todd at Tirtagangga|
|The water palace at Tirtagangga|
|Looking down at the water palace|
|A quiet path in Tirtagangga|