Ubud is located in the middle of the main land in Bali Indonesia. It is known to be the yogi capital and resort jungle go to, However I slightly disagree. For me Ubud was a busy city with a fair amount of traffic and tourists. Although it is more peaceful than places like Seminyak in the south. It is a good place to base yourself if you want to do day trips up the the waterfall region in Northern Bali.
Things to do and see:
1. Campuhan Ridge walk: This trial is just on the edge of Ubud city tucked away in the hidden hills. It is a great ay to have a break from he hustle and bustle of the city and traffic and wander through the peaceful fields. Gorgeous views of the hills and rice fields and palm trees lining the path. It does get a little busy at times so would recommend to just enjoy the bliss and take your time. Going in the mornings or early evening is a good idea as the is little to no shade along the way and the begging has a fair incline before you reach the open air trail.
Note: It is free access but can be hard to find. If you type in "Campuhan Ridge walk" into google maps it will take you to the entrance, which is just left to 'IBA Luxury Villa and spa'. Walk down the hill until you reach the bridge and tucked just to the right hand side before the temple and before the bridge is path that will lead to to the trail.
2. Ubud Central Market: The markets are located in the centre of the city. You will most likely come across them even if you were not planning to as they are hard to miss and very popular during the day. With hundreds of stalls selling things from baskets bags (my dream) to clothing, food, bowls and bags etc it is a must see and you will be wishing that you had a empty suitcase to fill to take back with you. Keep in mind the is usually no price place on the items that are being sold and the first price given is always more that they store holder are selling the item for so this mean barter the price ... I always go with half the price first said and work you way up from there.
3.Early morning Markets: Now this is a unique one and probably one that most travellers aren't aware happens. But there is a early morning market that starts from 4am till 7am every day in the same location as the daytime central markets but just fresh food. It is mainly we are all the restaurants comet buy the fresh products for the day ahead and you will most likely be the only non local there.
With truck loads of fresh whole water melons, mangos bananas, oranges and every other fruit and veg you could as for it is the perfect way to get some fresh goodness. and its cheap!! Because it is so local most of the stall owners don't speak english so it would be handy to learn a few words to say thank you etc.
4. Bali swing Day a day trip out the the Ceking Rice Fields and prepare yourself for the best swings ever. There is a fee to get into the rice field area which you will need to get from a small both inside a open parking lot. Ask the shop owner and they will point you int he right direction. (keep in mind the season and which time of year the are harvest)
There are a lot of swings available throughout the fields so don't just choose the first once you see. Ask around and get the best price I believe $15 Aus (150 000 IDR) is the average per swing or if your really lucky $10 (100 000 IDR) at the end of the day. for the swings not he hill inside.
5.Eat your heart out: With so many plant based Vegan Cafes to enjoy, set aside time to enjoy the goodness of food Ubud has to offer. The best way is to walk down one of the many ally roads and see which one catches your eye.
My favourites was: Acai Queen which has a wide range of Acai and smoothie bowls and well as well as chocolate filled waffles! I mean what more could you want?
A few quick tips: * Try and book your accomodation located in the centre of Ubud as then you can easily walk are the city with out having to find park or try and get a taxi. * No Blue taxi are allowed to pick up the the city centre area otherwise they will get fined by the local police. This is done so the local taxis get business however please be careful with he local taxi prices and agree on your destination and price prior to getting into the car. Also make sure a authorised sticker is on the vehicle. * if you have never driven a moped before I would not suggest learning in ubud. Try giving it a go in a smaller and less busy town such as Canggu. * Always respect the locals and the culture
We stayed in the Taman Bintang Hut, booked on airbnb ( used this link to get $60 Aus off next booking )
Was very cute and staff were great and peaceful with the rice fields around. However be aware that is is out in almost the rice fields with are beautiful but a fair walk from he centre of Ubud. The staff are happy to pick and drop you off via moped to town centre to accomodate however keep in mid the distance. We did get breakfast included and they were happy to accomodate for Vegan options.
xx KirstyClaire xx
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