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What You Should Know More About Sightseeing in Ubud
Bali and Ubud are not so far from each other. However, the distance between the Bali International Airport at Denpasar and Ubud City is about 38 kilometers and shouldn’t take you more than 1.5 hours to make the journey. It is best to hire a taxi for a pretty straightforward journey. However, you can also take the public buses or hop on the minivan that’s headed towards Ubud. Depending on the time you reach the airport, renting your own vehicle would also be a great idea.
Ubud is open to tourists all round the year. However, similar to all other places in Bali, the best time to visit will be the months between May and July. This is the time of the year when Ubud is the coolest, though humidity will persist all round the year. From August, Ubud gets some amount of rainfall and won’t be a very great season to do day tours. The rest of the year is pretty hot but manageable.
To explore Ubud, a 3-day vacation would be fruitful. It is recommended that you divide each day into separate kinds of tours. For example, Day 1 could be a temple and museum tour, Day 2 could be local tours across the rice fields and villages and the last day can be kept for some adventure activities. However having a tour planned is always fruitful.
Although a relatively small place, Ubud offers plenty of sightseeing opportunities for tourists and travelers. A city placed in the lap of nature, it’s the perfect semblance of natural and cultural heritage. From panoramic views of the Indian Ocean to spectacular Balinese art galleries, there’s everything! If you are in Ubud, here are some places you cannot miss:
Depending on the kind of person you are and the interests you have, Ubud offers several day tour packages that are unique in itself. Choose from:
These are some romantic things couples can do in Ubud:
These are some things to do with kids in Ubud:
Renting your own vehicle is a great way to go around Ubud. It offers you the flexibility of travel and also proves to be the cheapest way to get around. Ubud is not a very big city and limiting yourself with public transportation is not quite recommended. However, do make sure that you have a valid international driving permit.
Public Transportation in and around Ubud is all about local buses and minivans. They aren’t quite comfortable and also limit you on the flexibility of your itinerary. However, taking the public transport will be the cheapest way to get around Ubud.
Having a local guide along can be really helpful in Ubud, especially if you are visiting historical sites and temples. English speaking guides are easily available upon requests and most hotels will be able to help you with one.
You will get a range of options for stay in Ubud, Depending on your budget, you can seek for anything between a home stay to a private villa. Ubud is considered to be one of the cheapest places to stay in Bali.
It is easy to find cheap accommodation across Ubud, making it one of the most recommended cities in Bali for budget travelers. Food is cheap too and hiring a bike or bicycle can save you more.
Ubud is a perfect escapade for all kind of travelers. When it comes to safety, there is nothing you need to worry about. The locals are really helpful and Ubud as such is a very small city to travel in. you will never be too far from the city center.
The most popular cave in Ubud is the Goa Gajah or the Elephant Cave. Situated just outside the city, it s significant archeological site for the Hindus. However, the cave gets exciting with its ancient bathing pools, relics, and other mysterious structures and sculptures. The entrance to the Goa Gajah is in the form of a demonic mouth and inside is complete darkness that you need to wake you way though using flashlights and head lamps
Ubud has got several famous temple sites that are worth a visit. Most of these are Hindu temples but some are even older than the Hindu era.
The top temples in Ubud include:
When visiting temple, it is mandatory:
Ubud is a perfect getaway if you are looking to experience the traditional Balinese culture and heritage. Top places for a cultural experience in Ubud include:
The Goa Gajah is a sacred archeological site in the heart of Ubud. It’s an 11th century cave that’s origin has been shrouded by mystery. Formerly, a place of worship for Buddhist monks and Hindu priests, the Goa Gajah is now a popular tourist attraction. The entrance to the cave is through the huge mouth of demon and inside is complete darkness to be disturbed by water pools and scary depictions on the walls. If you have been looking for some thrill, this is a trip that you need to make.
The Puri Saren Agung or the Ubud Palace is a historical building complex and was the former residence of Ubud Royalty. The Palace is regarded to be one of the most sacred sites by the locals and is believed to have spiritual powers. Generations of worshippers still pray in the premises and it is also the grounds for several cultural festivals and dances.
The Ubud Monkey Forest is a natural reserve built around Hindu temples complexes. It’s a popular tourist attraction receiving more than 10,000 people every month. The locals believe the moneys to be the form of gods and help their conservation. Consequently, the animals have flourished there and you can see them in their natural habitat. The presence of several temples along the Monkey Forest makes this place even more special.
An unofficial landmark in Ubud, the Blanco Renaissance Museum is the studio and residence of the Philippine maestro, Don Antonio Blanco. The museum offers a picturesque location in the Campuhan Valleys and showcases lithographic artwork of nude Balinese women.
These are some yoga places in Ubud:
The nightlife in Ubud is pretty light. There are a few clubs around but they are laid back premises where you can get a couple of drinks and be in a closed group of friends. There’s no party scene as such.
The use of credit/debit cards depends on the hotel you stay in. Local shops will accept only cash. It is only in some luxury hotels, restaurants and spas that you can use your cards.
There are several money exchange facilities around Ubud. It is however recommended that you visit an authorized service provider. Your best bet are the currency exchange services around the airport. IT is always wise to carry cash as most places don’t accept cards.
Depending on the kind of medical emergency, it is highly recommended that you go to the nearest hospital in Ubud. Some of the top medical facilities around include:
Traveller Tales from Ubud
22 September 2016
A very interesting five day Bali tour – Yes! You have heard it right, we went as a gang of five – me and my college mates, every year we guys plan for a week tour to some amazing places, this year one of my friend wanted to visit Bali – exotic Bali as it is called. The tour covered some of the best places in Bali like Kintamani, Ubud and Tanah. Literally our guide was able to cover many places in these five days including rice terraces, elephant safari, royal temple, holy spring temple, monkey forest, coffee plantation. The rich aroma from this plantation tree is still lingering inside me. Actually I am writing this review mainly to say my view regarding the stay over here, I never expected that Bali would have such marvelous hotels, inns, motels and villa. We basically took for rent one of the villas and the reception that we received here was sumptuous, we explored the rice fields which was excellent and one of its kind. It is heard that these farms are famous for subak system of traditional irrigation in Bali. One of my friends is an agricultural engineer and he was explaining us the benefits of all these things. It is really a matter of pride to see that this small place is not only rich in culture and heritage but it is also contributing a lot to the economic system of the country. On the way we came across many villages like Ubud, Celuk, and Mas. These places are known for wood carvings, art work and gold jewel making. I have also shared some pictures that have been taken from the high road side location that covers the hills, mountains, beaches and more. Overall we learnt loads from this amazing trip to Bali in five day.
22 September 2016
A fabulous country with great friendly Balinese – this is the limelight of my trip to Bali for five days, my company had arranged for a five day sightseeing tour abroad, and this is when we all immediately nodded our head for Bali when one my colleague hinted that this is a wonderful place on Earth, so immediately without any second thought our team hired the travel agents for Bali. It was like a dream destination spot for me and my team never expected such a type of output from a foreign state like this. Such a small place but there is many things in store from Bali. What inspired me more in this place apart from sightseeing is the culture of the country, it is simply out of the world experience, as they say big things come in small packages, even though this was a small tour package we were able to cover many things under one roof. The Elephant safari was somehow missed out as we lacked time, but no regrets I am planning to go again next year with my family personally. Some of the best places that I recommend over here are Legian and Sanur. And Guys don’t miss out the rich rice farming vegetation and coffee plantation at Bali. If you plan and jot down the main landmarks you can very well get a chance to cover it all. A little bit of planning is enough to enjoy such a place. Note – if you don’t research and visit there are chances that you will miss out seeing important attractions at Bali. Bali is completely safe for couples and family, so I recommend this tour for people who want some privacy in their trip. A final word – my review is incomplete if I don’t mention my tour to the volcano. Splendid tour!
22 September 2016
Bali is indeed a great vacation destination! I went over here along with my husband on our honeymoon, initially I was bit afraid to take up a cycling tour as you need lot of energy to cycle in and around Bali, but the organizers gave us lot of rest time so that we could refresh. Well speaking about the trip – great and fabulous. Cycling to the terraced rice fields and visiting the adjacent landmarks and villages were more than memorable. Jatiluwih is known for its famous rice paddies and I am happy that I saw that for real, well speaking about the real fun – the water rides, the sporting activities and the bonfire were charming. Food was good and we were offered plenty of activities to indulge in. The guides were supportive and had good communication skill. Suggestions – Carry comfy footwear, sunglasses and a good camera (Guys you have loads to capture at Bali). It was an amazing and pleasant stay at the Pacung mountain resort (nice resort experience – I ll write about this a review separately) Well guys if you are planning to take this trip I advise you to take few days of stretching exercise in prior so that you can enjoy to the core!
22 September 2016
Well that now I am back from my Bali 6D/5N cycling tour, I have only two words to say – enchantment incarnate! Even though this trip can be a great trip for couples or friends, I feel it is ideal for family vacation too. I took up this trip with my wife and we got that full-to-full enjoyment. The itinerary and the procedures were explained to us well in advance to us by our team and so it was easy for us to stick to it. The whole way cycling to Volcano at Batur and then cycling to Pacung - Mengwi – Ubud was a bit tiresome (but if you have stamina you can very well manage it). Still the night halt at the hotels and the resorts gave us the needed break and took off the tiredness’. My wife loved the cycling to the rice fields and the nearby village. The folk dancers danced well to the local music and we should admit that we got an exhilarating experience, well all that being said, the trip was above average with prices being at par with the services. Lastly I would like to wind this review by saying that I recommend this trip for sure.
22 September 2016
Bali is paradise on Earth! But to enjoy this place you surely need to make sure that you hire the proper channel of tourism, I went alone for a four day sightseeing trip to Bali, got the booking done online and started off to take a break. It is an absolute place for relaxation and refreshing; I would surely choose this place and suggest it for any people who are longing for adventurous and memorable trip. The places in and around Bali are pleasant, peaceful and rejuvenating. I fell in love with the Kuta Beach, this beach is far better than the beaches I have been before; the organizers gave ample time to sit and relax here. I am not a great foodie but still I enjoyed the typical seafood that was served here at Jimbaran, and I have no words to say about the boat ride, I was allowed to indulge in plenty of water activities ( parasailing, banana boat and so on were unique and absolute fun). It is an awesome place to visit for couples, family and friends. Above all this trip was like a stress buster to me! Enjoyed it full to full!
22 September 2016
WOW TRIP! Some of the highlighting things of the trip are the visit the spring water temple, Balinese coffee plantation and the rice plantation, our last day included visiting the local villages and this showed the living style of the Bali people. If you use the best company for the tour then I am sure that the trip will be a memorable one. Overall I can say that this was an inexpensive and worthy trip. What is worthy to talk is the scenic view of Bali rice fields that are more than amazing! Thumbs up to my organizers for delivering such service!
22 September 2016
One of the best experiences of my life is this Bali trip. I have no words to start or end, but then definitely my trip will become incomplete if I don’t write a review of my memorable trip, Had been on this tour with my office people and each bit of the trip is simply superb, the blue waters of the Indian ocean are still in front of my eyes. The tour guide took all efforts to see that our trip covered the entire itinerary. It is surely a must do trip, the tour unfolds many aspects that I never even wondered would happen in my life.
22 September 2016
I had always wanted to go on a trip that is full of adventure and yet covers the cultural heritage of the country, and this is when I got to know from my colleague about one such place in Asia – Indonesia – Bali. It is really amazing to know that Bali is filled with such rich cultural heritage, spectacular beaches, nature, spirituality, art and above all the rural villages are off the talk. As soon as I heard of all these things, I couldn’t simply resist booking tickets for me and my family. I planned for a five day tour sightseeing trip to Bali. The multitudes of offerings of Bali are simply overwhelming. Bali has many temples and extraordinary sceneries that will keep you mesmerized in it for the entire lifetime. My kids got a real treat the whole way during the travel period as the roads we travelled covered many picturesque terraced rice fields and many more. My little daughter was in fact saying that she never saw all these in her life for real. The memorable part of our Bali sightseeing tour was the rustic villages that the tour agents covered which included – Ubud and Kintamani. The huge range of mountains, lush forests, wet rice fields and the bountiful vegetation of the country is still in fresh in front of my eyes. My son has captured all these beautiful places on his tab and has uploaded in his social media; the responses were simply great and amazing. My wife loved the historical monuments, art galleries and the museum in particular that is filled with the hidden gems of the country. I feel that this place is personally a great destination for family vacation or tours. If you are looking out to capture some memorable moments that you can cherish for lifetime, then this is it – Bali.
22 September 2016
Being a history student what can be more than useful than visiting the famous country Bali. When my parents had arranged for a Bali three day tour, I was more than happy. Bali is a lovely place with beautiful villages, temples, plantation groves, money forest, lakes and more. It is in fact a cluster of many things under one roof. A perfect family holiday destination spot! This is one of the most exciting expeditions that I have ever been before in my life. Our tour started on September 5th (first day) we were dropped in the hotels and we immediately were asked to meet within few hours to head to the Batubulan village, here we enjoyed the Balinese in their best dance form – Barong dance, visited the famous art villages nearby and we halted at the monkey village (great wildlife) this region gave us scope to know about the wildlife and nature of the place. Once we were done with Kintamani region, we went to the Tirta Empul (lovely place); from here we were dropped to our hotels. The second day was a visit to the famous Ayun temple, Ulndanu temple and Bratan lake view. Then we were shown the important plantations and rice terraced fields and again dropped at hotels. The third last day was super fun with visit to Beach and water gaming activity. Though my parents were not able to enjoy much of water sporting games; I and my brother enjoyed to the core. The water games offered here are surely unparalleled to any other water sports in any part of the place. The day ended in a beautiful way with a visit to the Jimbaran bay (don’t miss out the seafood being served here). Only regret is that we were not able to take up the Pandawa beach in this tour.
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