The spiritual heart of Bali. The island's famous beaches are nowhere to be seen, instead replaced with Ubud's lush jungles, sacred temples, cheeky monkeys, chic yoga studios, and organic vegan restaurants.
Nature is the focus of any visit to Ubud. Main-Street-like shopping strips barely conceal the leafy jungle, meditation-worthy rivers, and ancient temples. Hire a scooter to delve deeper into the highlands and visit cascading rice terraces at Tegallalang, the mystical Tukad Cepung waterfall, active volcano Mount Batur, or even try your hand at whitewater rafting or zip-lining.
Don't be fooled by droves of hipster zen-seeking tourists inspired by Eat Pray Love, Ubud's traditional community-focused culture is still alive and well. Local children are often seen playing in streams while farmers tend rice fields, and women trek uphill sloshing water jugs atop their heads. Visit the Ubud Market at sunrise for a local food shopping experience. By 9am, brightly colored fruit and veg are replaced with jewelry, clothing, and homewares as the market transforms from local to tourist-oriented.
Ubud is a haven for the creatively-inclined with a steadfast focus on art and craft since the 1930s. Be inspired by a visit to the Blanco Renaissance Museum or unleash your inner creative with a Balinese painting or cooking class.
Private villas, rather than 5-star resorts, are the theme of accommodation in Ubud. Retreat to your own piece of paradise with the gentle sounds of frangipani trees swaying, cicadas chirping, and geckos croaking. Visit for a week, a month, or join the growing community of expats who never want to leave.
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