Going to Bali and looking for traditional Balinese atmosphere, cultural experience or nice relaxing spot? Then head to Ubud, it has it all.
Ubud is fun, Ubud is relax, Ubud is just great!
I guess you wanna know where this magic place is, right?
Ubud is located inland of the island, 2 hours far away from capital Denpasar.
Ubud was our first stop on the island and before we got there our „to do list“ was super long, but relaxed atmosphere made us slow down and just enjoy the spirit of this beautiful small town. It offers plenty of various things to do - you can watch traditional dancing shows, cultural performances or celebrate hindu holidays and festivals, practice yoga or take the cooking class.. The list is really long, but this post is not „ultimate guide for Ubud“, this is my 5 reasons why I love this city!
WALKING THE STREETS
Motorbikes! Motorbikes everywhere! Everybody rides here. It’s crazy, but it’s fun and locals know what they do. Despite of this fact, walking offers more than just nice sightseeing. Welcoming people, jumping monkeys around, streets are green and tiny, buildings are small and have a beautiful statues in front of the most entrances. Yeah, very nice!
Don’t forget to visit Ubud Palace in the center. Local royal family still lives here, so you can’t get behind every corner, but it has unique atmosphere of Hindu culture and traditional architecture.
EATING LOCAL FOOD
Oh well, lovers of the Asian cuisine and those who likes to experiment can feel like in a food heaven! There are plenty of restaurants on every corner which offer all kind of Indonesian food. You just have to choose one and enjoy! Yummy!
GETTING A MASSAGE
Get massage. Just get massage!
It’s awesome, relaxing and professional. Massage and spa centers are here everywhere as well as restaurants. The offer is really big and various. I personally recommend you traditional Balinese massage. It’s.just.great!
SHOPPING AT THE MARKET
Market is situated right in front of Ubud Palace in the center. You can buy various Balinese products, sarongs, classic souvenirs, not so classic souvenirs and also „seriously?“ souvenirs. You can also buy everything from famous designers - original fakes! Hell yeah!
This was my favorite thing! But be aware of monkeys! They are small thieves! Do not bring any food and if you don’t want your things to be stolen (sunglasses, jewelry,..), you should put everything to you bag. Like seriously.
But walking through MONKEY FOREST is really fun. Actually just walking close to the forest is fun, because there is no barrier to keep monkeys inside, so they are jumping around on the streets. Monkeys are just everywhere there and they are a little crazy, trying to check your bags whether you have some food or jumping on you for a banana! But if you have one for them, they will pose for a picture!
Have you been to Ubud? I would like to hear about your favorite things to do there :)
And because Bali offers more than this amazing cultural capital, you can read the whole story about Bali here.
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