Ubud may have been the best part of Bali. Ubud may not be as famous as Kuta, but it is definitely a place that many love. Although Ubud may have been a long-time tourist favorite, it recently received a publicity boost from Eat Pray Love. From Italy, where she re-discovered her passion for food and life, Lisa (starring Julie Roberts) traveled to India to seek a spiritual answer before landing in Bali. Ubud is an integral part of Liza's trip to Bali, where she eventually found her love and rebalanced her life. In her book, Lisa talks cordially about Ubud and how she met many friends, such as Ketu Liyer (her spiritual guru), Vejan (her healer), Mario and Robin (from the Bumi Sehat Foundation).
Ubud is truly a phenomenal place where unique traditions, pristine greens, rice paddy fields and exquisite arts blend in harmoniously.
There are plenty of daytime activities. If you are booking a room / villa with Four Seasons, Alila Ubud, Ubud Hanging Garden, Kupu Kupu Barong, Samaya (and the list goes on), you will be pampered with a dash of two or three times. before leaving the hotel. Although perfect for honeymoons and perfect entertainment, these hotels are not too pocket friendly and may not be a wise plan if you are planning to truly discover Ubud and spend most of the day outside your room. The next best accommodation alternatives like Tepi Sawah, Bali Rich, The Mansion (and the list goes on) are not bad at all and could easily halve your accommodation budget. If your route has a complete list of activities and a few hours are all you need to stay in the room, even more budget-friendly alternatives are available for just $ 30- $ 40 a day.
Ubud is most famous for its duck delicacies – Bebek Bengil and Bebek Betut. There are many places where you can try them, but as a vegetarian, I can't give any advice. One of the must-try options while in Ubud is lunch at the rice field. Many restaurants offer lunch in the rice field (and Tepi Sawah is popular with artists), and some offer a peculiar view of the rice field. The feeling is exhilarating.
If you're an animal lover or a city guy who lives everyday in the brick jungle, we recommend visiting the Monkey Forest. Here you can see the wildlife of the monkey. Monkeys are usually notorious for their dislike and monkeys are no exception. Although it is known that monkeys here are less terrifying than those in places like Uluwatu, caution is always better. If you decide to visit the forest, my best advice is to remove all the valuables – chains, bracelets, hair bands, sunglasses (they can tell if it is Oakley sunglasses), caps (they know if it is Nike) – and your risk of material loss are much reduced.
Ubud Art Market is another popular destination among tourists. The wet market at dawn and the art market during the day. From the colorful, handmade bracelet to the necklace, the rattan bag to the decorative, the Balinese sarong (clothes) to the natural aromatic healing soap and from kitchenware to herbs, you can find almost everything Bali has to offer in the Ubud art market. Be warned that disappointing agreement is a must. If you thought you were cheated, don't worry. There is a tourist police station right next to the market. There you can file a complaint and unlike many other places in Indonesia, the police there will be happy to help you (of course free of charge).
If you are a guy outdoors or want to get closer to Mother Nature, cycling is something you can add to your checklist. Bicycle rentals are common in Ubud. Rp. For 50,000 (less than $ 5), you can rent a bike for the whole day. A normal cycling trail starts early in the morning, when the weather is relatively cooler, the roads are less congested and, of course, the air is fresher and ends depending on how much time you have and how much you want to see. Imagine driving along a picturesque mountain, passing fields of green rice, watching duck walking, past the Ayun River, listening to the swirling stream of the river, watching the children swim and play. A truly life-changing experience!
When sunrise and nightfall, head down to catch some of the theater's traditional dance performances. One long-standing and still popular dance is the Legong dance. Legong dance dates back to the early 19th century. Each Legong dance show features an intricate mix of finger, foot, eye and gesture movements. Another popular show is Barong Dance. The protagonist in none other than the mythical Baronga, which today is still regarded by the Balinese as a sacred hero. In a nutshell, the show tells the story of the battle between good and evil. For tourists, Baronga's dance could be nothing more than a theatrical performance. But for Balilians, barong dance is part of their religious ceremonies. Nevertheless, there are huge rituals and preparations before each Baronga dance performance. What makes it so mysterious is the fact that real priests are involved and many things really have spirits to be immune to the knives that are used later in the show. They say that in order to get rid of evil possession, they must engrave black chickens after the show.
Kecak fire dance is another impressive traditional dance. Each performance troupe has at least 100 performers. Kekaka dance shows a mix of views and sounds, from the subtle movement of a Balinese lady dancer to the movement of the masses, from the magic of the song to the sound of the gamelan. Even though the Kecak fire dance is performed almost every night, it still captivates its audience even today.
Whether you're looking to recharge your romance, or looking for a way to excite yourself, or an exotic lunch picnic at the rice field, Ubud is probably one of the few exciting places in the world that has something for everyone. Indeed, Ubud has managed to retain its Balinese roots while transforming itself into one of the world's tourist magnates.