Ubud is situated in the middle of rice fields. It’s a very nice town, pretty touristic, but quieter places to visit.
We chose to stay in a hotel a bit outside of town, but walking-distance (about 30-45 minutes walk from the center, 5 minutes by taxi) : the Bliss Ubud hotel. In the middle of rice fields, it offers nice big rooms with balcony and view on the gardens, a spa with fantastic offers, and very nice meals. The employees are very thoughtful, which is a plus ! I recommend this place !
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There’s a shuttle once a day from the hotel to the city center. Or you can walk there (but there’s quite a bit of traffic). You can also rent a scooter, or take a cab.
Here are the places I liked the most in Ubud :
- The Sacred Monkey Forest : a beautiful place (getting more and more touristic), very fresh in the middle of the town. The monkeys will keep you company in your walk among the trees. Be careful : they steal, just like in Uluwatu, and they can be quite aggressive if you get too close.
The Forest is open from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM everyday, and the entrance fee is 50.000 IDR (~3€ ~3,6$). 1 hour is the minimum to visit the park, but it’s so nice and fresh that you might want to spend a half day there.
When we got out of the forest, we were surprised by heavy rain. We decided to wait for it to stop while drinking a nice mojito at the Maha Bar.
- Saraswati Temple : right in the center of Ubud. Dewi Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge and arts. It’s a pretty crowded place, so I would advise (like every other place) to visit it early in the morning, or at the end of the day. You walk in through a water path, covered with lotus flowers, very refreshing. Don’t forget, like any other temple, you need to wear a sarong around your waist to enter (you will find them at the entrance to lend, or you can buy one at the craft market right across the street).
On Tuesday and Thursday nights, there are Balinese music played at the temple, and the entrance fee is 100.000 IDR (~6€ ~7,3€).
- Ubud Craft Market : situated across the street from Saraswati Temple, it’s the ideal place to bring back souvenirs home. Balinese crafts, such as sarongs, jewelry, wooden objects, etc. It’s a huge place, and of course, you will need to HAGGLE!
All over Ubud are souvenir shops, of all kinds. You’ll have plenty of choice to spoil your loved-ones 🙂
If you stay at the Bliss hotel, or not far from it, there’s a very nice restaurant I recommend : the Warung Mamaya Bali. The food is good, the people are adorable, and if you tag them on Instagram while you’re there, they will give you a small present 🙂
Want to wander in the rice fields ? Follow the guide to Jatiluwih !
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