Incredible views during ricefield walks in Ubud
Early morning while there is a little breeze and before it gets too hot is a perfect time to take a walk through the ricefields around Ubud. There are several walking tracks that do a loop back to Ubud or you can catch a 'taxi' to the distant point and walk back. Most accommodation will have easy to follow maps. Coupled with some terrific views - green like you've never seen - you may be lucky enough to meet local artists who have small studios along he path. Take some water and build up a healthy appetite for lunch at one of Ubud's many terrific restaurants.Related to:
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Stunning open air performances at night in Ubud
When in Ubud, you must take up the opportunity to see one of the night performances held in various locations. With the beautiful costumes and amazing dancing, Balinese culture comes to life. Often the performances depict parts of the Ramayana but there are usually two or three other acts in a sitting- my favorites being the trance dance and the fire dance. Performances start in the early evening and usually last for about 90 minutes. The cost is between 60,000 and 100,000 rupiah. Really a 'must see' when in Bali. I have also found that performances in the smaller 'theatres' of Ubud are more in line with tradition than some of those at larger ampitheatres in south Bali which appear to be more 'made-for-tourist' than depicting the original story line. Often the performances take place in the grounds of a temple. Ask at your accommodation for details.Related to:
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Bali Animal Welfare Association
If you have time, you might want to volunteer for a few hours at the Bali Animal Welfare Association. They have an office on Monkey Forest Road, but the clinic is located about 10 minutes away in Lohtundah. They care for both cats and dogs. Please be aware that you are required to have had rabies vaccinations to handle the dogs, but not the cats.Related to:
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Balinese cooking class
Take the Balinese cooking class offered by Cafe Wayan. The cooking class is conducted in the beautiful gardens of their sister restaurant Laka Lele in Nyuhkuning village behind the Monkey Forest. You meet at Cafe Wayan and are taken by van over to Laka Lele in Nyuhkuning. There are seven different menus to choose from and you can either attend the morning or the afternoon session. The cost is 350,000 Rp. for the two hour class. The day that I went Ana was the chef and I had a wonderful time. His English is excellent and he spent a great deal of time explaining everything that we were doing. I got to peel, shred, cut as well as cook and of course eat a wonderful five course Balinese meal. Ana is a wealth of information on Balinese cooking and enjoys his work throughly. He is also good at giving shortcuts and tips on how to cook Balinese food.
Good bargain here...
The picture...one of the normal view of Pasar Ubud...busy...especially lunch hour towards the evening. Best time to shop here is early in the morning. If you're driving cars...quite difficult to find parking spots here...better to take a cab, hotel shuttle or ride motorcycle. They got 'parking attendance' here managing the parking...if you can't park/take out your car/motorbike...they'll assist you...with a reasonable fee.
Dolce and Gabbana anyone???
There're a few Dolce and Gabbana's boutique around Ubud. Inside you'll find not just D&G...but other brands as well. During my visit...all of these boutiques were having sales up to 70%...or is it all year round sales...will have to check on that...n I'm not really sure on the originality as well.
Check out temples...
Majority of people here are Balinese Hindu's. You can find many temples here as well as shrines at shops and houses. Temples are known as pura in the Balinese language.
According to them, Balinese villages have three major temples. Pura Puseh (temples of origin) usually located towards the upstream of villages dedicated to remembering the founder of the village, Pura Desa (village temples) located in the middle of a village where the community meet to pray and the third is Pura Dalem (temples of the dead) located downstream of villages and this is where the graveyards are.
It's a nice experience seeing temples with unique and remarkable architecture. I think they have rules over women having menses not allowed to enter the temples...so it's best to check first before entering.
Abundance of woven items to choose from
To those who like woven items...you can find it a lot here in Ubud...sold at shops along the street and also at Pasar Ubud. You can find woven baskets of many sizes...handbags, tissue box, place mats, jewellery box, cutleries organizer, food cover (tudung saji we call it in Malaysia) and others which I'm no so sure what to call them...
Shop for paintings
I believe this is one of the many things must do in Ubud...buy paintings. Ubud is the centre for arts as well. There're many artists here making beautiful paintings. One of which that amazed me were paintings of beautiful Balinese ladies (they're usually portait of a lady) with her hair tight on a bun with a flower on top of one of her ear...face well done...wearing only sarong and a belt made from plain cloth...nothing on the top (topless). According to some of the galleries these kind of paintings are classics...very rare now. Well, there're many more paintings to choose from...prices can be quite high depending on the sizes and quality of the paintings...but I guess work of art as such...we can't expect them to be sold so cheap either.
There're plenty of paintings galleries/shops/stalls selling paintings all around Ubud. In fact, on the way from Denpasar to Ubud...as you enter the district of Ubud...paintings shop are abundance on the left and right side of the road. You'll found many stalls at Pasar Ubud selling paintings as well.
Bargain for the best price at Pasar Ubud
I had a good time shopping here. Many things to see and buy with a very reasonable price. Just bargain nicely and reasonably...also make sure you're the no 1 customer...they rarely turned you down...it'll bring bad luck according to the sellers. Go to the 2nd floor...stairs to go up is a bit hidden...there's one just near the temple at the market. Sellers on the upper level...they're more willing to give even cheaper price since not many want to climb up there.
Walking around Ubud town
Ubud is just a small town that sprawls around a few kilometres. The town has three main streets: Jl Raya Ubud, Jl Monkey Forest and Jl Hanoman. Along these roads you'll found different types of accommodation to choose from (one of which I would consider on the next visit is Ubud Village Hotel - sister hotel of Ubud Village Resort and Spa), shops selling so many things: batik, sarong, clothes (one of which I found interesting was halter neck dresses made from batik silk-the price is around Rp200,000.00 n above since it's silk), tshirts (it's a heaven for women clothes - I found the designs n styles quite pleasing), wood carvings, sculptures, paintings, house decorative items such as lamps, table runners, cushion cover, table mats, woven items such as baskets, handbags, place mats, cutleries organizers, tissue boxes n etc. You'll found that these things are sold in either a normal looking shop or in a boutique with a nice interior which prices much higher than the rest. Along these roads you can also found pharmacies, restaurants and cafes.
Walking can be quite challenging though...since at a few locations somewhere along these streets you have to go up and down the hills...anyway, with the nice things to see on the left and right side of the road...you'll forget the exhaustion coz you'll be too busy looking around.
I enjoyed walking around Ubud little town. Other than seeing all those mentioned above, I get to see Balinese ladies taking prayer at the nearby temples...placing offerings at certain locations, locals balancing basket on their heads...get to see closer the life of a Balinese in Ubud.
Reasonable place to shop
It's a market selling so many things...wood carvings, batik shirts, batik silk, sarongs, paintings, home decorative items such as table runners, cushion covers, place mats, lamps, woven bags, woven baskets, beaded bangles, silver jewelleries, local made clothes and etc. You can find many things here to be taken home as souvenirs :)
All the things sold here are also sold at the shops outside...but prices here are much more reasonable and you can bargain more.
It's a two-storey market...less people go the upper level. I did my shopping on the upper stairs...it was much cheaper than the lower stalls.
Best Activity in Bali!
I travelled in Indonesia as a tour leader with Dutch tourists for four months. I did a lot of excursions, but my favourite one was the bike tour with Bagi (which I did 4 times). Bagi shows the best parts of the countryside: beautiful rice fields, an organic farm and much more. Together with his knowledge of the Balinese people, this tour is an unforgettable experience. And I almost forget to tell you the best part: after cycling we went to Bagi's house where his wife made the best food of Indonesia!
So when you go to Ubud, don't forget to mail Bagi!Related to:
Traditional show every Sunday in Lotus Cafe
Every Sunday, Lotus cafe has a traditional dance named as 'Panghir' performed on the stage right at the center of the lotus pond. The charge is IR 80,000. You can watch the show for free by attending dinner there during the show. we paid for the tickets and later had dinner there, we paid twice, one for the show and another for the dinner. avoid our mistake, take your dinner and enjoy the show, two in one.Related to:
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Ubud - The heart of Bali
When you hear Bali you´r thinking of beaches and sun, right. But don´t miss a tripp to Ubud-the heart of Bali.
In this village they carve skulptures from wood. AMAZING
EVERYTHING IS HANDMADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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