This Oct was my second trip to Bali and we decided to spend more time in Ubud and I’m glad we did. Ubud is about 40 km from Kuta and door-to-door should take about 60 mins but traffic can be crazy sometimes. It’s better to keep a margin when you plan.
Ubud is actually supposed to be a village but its getting more touristy with each passing day. Even so its more laid back compared to Kuta, weather is nicer and there are loads of cafes dotted around. We tried 4-5 different cafes serving healthy organic/vegetarian dishes. They all also serve a selection of health drinks to wash it down. Read more about some cafes here. Another good experience was coffee and tea sampling at this place called Alam Sari. We even tried the famous coffee Luwak here …
Then there is the whole art & culture element to it. In fact the whole town is drenched in it with artistic buildings and statues cropping up in all nooks and crannies. I also enjoyed strolling around in the local market picking up odds and ends. We even visited the ARMA art museum to get to know the painting styles and influences. I really liked the ones from a German Artist called Walter Spies. One of the evenings we attended the traditional Barong and Legong dance performed in the backdrop of the Ubud palace. While it was nice to watch, it did become too long … so you can actually attend it for the first 30 mins or so and its okay to leave after that.
Lastly, it was a lot of fun driving around on a two wheeler in Ubud. It’s very simple to rent one there. You just need to provide a copy of your passport and fill a form asking for name, contact details, DL number etc. We were staying away from central Ubud, at a resort called ‘Tanah Merah’ and so we got to drive alongside rice paddies and some hilly slopes. It was really fun and made roaming around very cost-effective and convenient. See our zipping around Ubud here.
There is still lots to be explored, more cafes to try, some rice paddy walks and white water rafting. Can’t wait for my next trip to Ubud … 😀