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Tanah Lot Temple Central Bali This is the part of the island where you can find some really stunning natural attractions such as waterfalls, mountains, rainforest and volcanoes. Also the human build attractions like rice terraces and temples in this area are pretty amazing. Even if you are an Ocean lover and prefer staying close to coast (like yours truly) it is still advisable to visit also this part of the island. Most well known and most popular town among tourists in the central area is Ubud, the cultural centre of the island. This is the place for art, handicrafts, museums, dance performances, yoga, temples and all things alike. Ubud Market is good place to buy handicrafts, sarongs, art or other souvenirs. It is in the culture to bargain from almost anything and especially in the market it is part of the experience to negotiate appropriate price with the seller. Even if you are not that interested in cultural stuff Ubud should still be on your bucket list, the town itself is located in really nice area among rice terraces and rainforest and it is home to Monkey Forest, a sacred nature reserve and temple inhabited by hundreds of monkeys who are much friendlier than in Uluwatu. Monkey Forest / UbudHelena
Aling-Aling Waterfall : Ubud
Some Favorite Places to Visit/Activities to Do Aling-Aling Waterfall : Ubud Probably my number one favorite thing I did when I was there. It’s kind of hidden in the back of a town and not very well known (I’m talkin’ – our day driver had to ask locals how to get there), but really beautiful turquoise waters and an amazing rush when you jump off the falls. You have to jump (ok you don’t have to but you have to). I am usually somewhat of a dare devil, but when I got to the second waterfall jump it really phased me for some reason but with reassurance from the local guides and peer pressure from all my friends down below, I made the jump – and was SO happy I did. It’s such a rush and unlike any other jump I’ve done before.Rose Zilber
Ubud, The heart of Bali.
The next day we made our way to Ubud and absolutely fell in Love. The love you fall into when you met your soul mate. The flowers and offerings, the statues, the colors, the smiles and the prayer flags everywhere. It was like every girls dream who shops at world market in the states.. Is this real life? The art is phenomenal, there are literally statues and amazing carvings in every nook and cranny. It is a dream, a dream that you never want to wake up from. After I was visually stimulated I stopped at a restraint to get that free wifi, and ordered a tuna steak with a small Asian salad for a whopping 6 dollars Australian. After traveling Australia for a year I got used to meatless salads being 23 dollars. So this was a real treat. A delicious treat. After I geared up on food I moved along looking in stores like a kid What to do?Chelsae Weber
Ubud Arguably the most beautiful area in Bali, Ubud is famous for it’s lush forests, quiet village life, and easily identifiable rice paddies. You could easily spend a week exploring this area, but if you’re after a taste of Ubud in just one day I’d recommend a tour with Bali Adventure Tours. They offer many tours around the Southern Ubud region, but I recommend the mountain cycling tour in the morning, which takes you through the streets, lush valleys, villages, temples and rice farms in the outskirts of Ubud, and includes a tour of local homes, which was an extremely eye opening experience. Then, after lunch (provided by them) go white-water rafting through the Ayung river- it is a great way to enjoy the lush scenery and landscapes of Ubud.Tiyana Jovanovic
Cycling in Ubud
The life underwater belongs to those that live in it. And it’s an absolute privilege to be part of it, albeit for a few hours; the simplicity of marine life, the grace with which they conduct themselves and the feeling of being able to experience a completely different universe. Bali is home to thriving marine life consisting of corals and fish and mammals. It’s also got a WWII shipwreck which is now a spot for photography for certified and advanced divers. Scuba diving in Bali waters makes you realize the magnitude of what lies beneath and how beautiful it has the potential to be – the ones you cannot communicate with but still tell you everything they are by being themselves in their most natural habitat. Nusa Penida and Tulamben should be your most preferred dive sites, whether you’re looking for recreational diving, completing your dive courses or fun dives. Cycling in Ubud The serenity that Ubud boasts of is exclusive in the island country of Bali. Everywhere you look, you’ll find natural beauty and a certain warmth, in your surroundings. Culturally rich, Ubud is environmentally in the middle of mountains and rice terraces. If you want to explore all of Ubud and take in everything it has to offer from food to shopping to nature to culture, hire a bicycle and peddle on all over the place. Have a good breakfast for the day and book yourself a bike tour with one of the local companies. They will save you the trouble of figuring the route and finding your way back, in case you lose yourself in the midst of nowhere; though that has its charm, too!Kshamta Mantri
Ubud, the heart of the island
Ubud, the heart of the island Some things I will never forget in my life are the people walking around with a frangipane flower in their hair, the incense, the way people behave and help you, their rituals.agnese-gobbi
Other city to visit
After Kuta, I have been to Ubud. Ubud is well known for the beautiful rice field. So rent a bike fore not even 4$ for the day and it includes a delicious meal at the end of the day and go all around Ubud and visit the rice field. It is worth it! And cycling eliminates all the alcohol that you had drink the nights before in Kuta. You will take a lot of picture, because the landscapes are amazing! Another activity to do is the monkey forest. You will spend a very fun day with the monkeys. Don’t forget to bring snacks or bananas for them if you want them to come close to you. They are very funny. You will have the chance to see other monkeys if you do the Mont Batur hike. This volcano hike is little hard, but it is the most incredible things I have seen! You will be proud of you to wake up at 2 am to hike and watch the sunshine at the top of this volcano at 5 or 6 am. On your way down there are a lot of monkeys waiting for snacks! The city of Ubud is also well known for the art. I bought 2 beautiful painting that you can roll and put in your backpack and it is really cheap. Go do some shopping you will be impressed. Other activities that you can do are rafting in the jungle, coffee and tea degustation and there are a couple of temples to visit. Ubud was one of my favourite places in Bali. You need to go for a couple days or even a week. The only thing that I didn’t like in Ubud was the roasting pig. It is a very traditional Indonesian meal. As an animal lover I hated to see the complete pig and was not able to eat it… Bali is a paradisiac island and it is more and more popular to go spend holidays over there. I recommend it for sure to go to Kuta and Ubud. What is nice about Bali is that you can also go beyond. There are a lot of nice other islands very close that you can go by boat for cheap. I will talk about Noosa Lembongang, Gili trawangan and Lombok islands in my next article.Marie
Ubud : Looking for nature? You are in the right place. In the town of Ubud, you can enjoy a walk in the rice fields, beautiful views and plenty of activities including rafting!Mathias André
No Problem! Hostel, Ubud.
$72 per night – You can find some absolute bangin’ Airbnb’s which are just absolutely gorgeous. I’m talking a lush, private oasis with open plan living and a private pool. Some are set in the heart of the city, whilst others are secluded in a rice paddy field. Our Airbnb was in Seminyak. I guess it was a little more on the expensive side but it was definitely worth it. Plus, our host was lovely and told us the best places to eat and even arranged tours for us! No Problem! Hostel, Ubud. $9 per night – This is one of my absolute favourite hostels that I’ve stayed in. It is a little out of Ubud centre so you will need a scooter to get around but it’s 100% worth it. I’m talking an infinity pool (yes infinity pool) that overlooks the rice paddy fields, traditional Balinese huts with bunk beds including en suite and a free breakfast! You can’t go wrong for $9.Benjamin Witcomb
Apparently, Kuta is a perfect place for friends to enjoy their time together, but as for couples, I would rather recommend the Seminyak beach, a deserted beach perfectly made for lovers where they can enjoy some romantic days in one of the fancy restaurants where they should try appetizing traditional Indonesian food. And at night, the atmosphere becomes livelier as they would be able to witness the entertaining nights of Bali that never end. UbudOmar El Zomor
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary An adorable sight at Ubud’s Monkey ForestBaneen Naqvi
What can i do in Bali?
Not just in Bali, but also on the islands around it, you can find some beautiful barrier reefs that you can not miss! In Kuta or Ubud you can find some small travel agencies with amazing prices hidden down secondary streets. If you already have an open water license, you can find prices between AUD 100-120 for two people to go diving.Michael Petrolini
Where The Adventure Began –
Firstly, what a great introduction to South East Asia! The moment we stepped off the plane we were bombarded by taxi men, shouting and vying for our attention, they were grabbing at our clothes and quoting the most ridiculous prices all these people and the heat bearing down on us made me a little dizzy. Our first night in Bali was just a rest stop between the airport and getting to Ubud. We stayed in Denpasar and just slept and ate and took a dip in the pool before heading off in the morning.Amy Driver
Ubud: A Quiet Treasure in Bali
Coco Alami will be our home for 49 days of our 56 day trip and is located just outside of Ubud in Gianyar, the staff lives on the property also and are like a big family. They work together to maintain the property so it is beautiful for the guests, they cook together and offer to teach you how to cook traditional Balinese food, and they celebrate together. Our driver explained to us that Coco Alami is a place of peace, love and meditation. They love nature and care for it and respect what it provides for them, they love the animals that they raise and respect what they give to them as they also love and support each other. He also told us (and we saw for ourselves when we arrived, much to our delight) that they raise their own animals on the property. There are 6 large pigs, 3 medium sized pigs, 7 piglets, about 10 cows, countless chickens and roosters a duck that thinks he’s a chicken which is entertaining to watch along with the different dogs constantly running around. As animal lovers and myself being a vegan we really love being surrounded by the sight, smell and sound of these animals every day. And although it makes us sad we can also respect the way they kill some of these animals for their food. They raise them, they love them and they really respect what the animals sacrifice gives them. There is no cruelty here on this property, only love.Kimberlee June
UBUD Taxi to get to Ubud from the airport cost us 300 000IDR (approximately 20euro) and it takes around 1 hour to get there because of the usual traffic. We stayed in a quite decent place and it wasn’t of much cost plus it was including nice breakfast (banana pancake or eggs, fruit, tea/coffee and fruit smoothie) it also had a pool and the staff was very friendly.Den Around The World
A Bali Itinerary: 5 Regions in 10 Days
With friends visiting us from Australia, and it being their first visit to Indonesia, Bali — we wanted to give them a day trip that would show them some of the island that maybe wouldn’t be a first choice for travellers. There are so many choices for a day trip across Bali, East coast versus West coast, Ubud and the mountain areas, or even central Bali and up to Lovina. And it really depends as to how much time you have.
What to do for a day trip!! With friends visiting us from Australia, and it being their first visit to Indonesia, Bali — we wanted to give them a day trip that would show them some of the island that maybe wouldn’t be a first choice for travellers. There are so many choices for a day trip across Bali, East coast versus West coast, Ubud and the mountain areas, or even central Bali and up to Lovina. And it really depends as to how much time you have. With much discussion however, we decided upon Tanah Lot Temple, Echo Beach Club, GWK Cultural Park and Single Fin beach bar. And… it actually allowed for us to have a day away from the restaurant that we run, so we were quite excited.Jojo in Bali
13 things you have to do in Bali
Yoga in UbudHolli McCarthy
1-day roadtrip from Canggu to Ubud
Roadtripping from Canggu To Ubud When it comes to visiting the main attractions of Bali, Ubud is clearly one of the top destinations. The view of the rice terraces is breathtaking, the Monkey Forrest is a must.Lilla Kovács
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