One day we hired a driver and car and took a trip outside Ubud. Driving in Bali is very dangerous because of the poor roads and too many motor scooters. There doesn’t seem to be any traffic rules and our driver told us as long as you don’t crash everything is okay. We saw some interesting sites, but we also saw more poverty and unclean conditions.
Our first stop was Goa Gajah or the Elephant Cave Temple. (One must be appropriately attired to visit a temple, but that wasn’t a problem since the cost of admission includes the use of a sarong during the visit.) It was built in the 9th century and served as a sanctuary. Inside the cave is a worship area devoted to the Hindu god Shiva.