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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOOK AT THE PICTURES!!!
On this trip to Ubud, we decided to focus on art instead of just shopping on Jl Monkey Forest. Having our own car helps as we can choose where to go and when to stop.
Finally saw egg painters at work and visited a few galleries where my friend bought many paintings. We learned about the different styles of art/strokes too.
Ubud and its surrounding areas,
are blessed with gorgeous hills,
ricefields, dirt pathways, etc.
A great adventure is to rent a bike,
and soak in the natural beauties
that one can find.
Certain areas can be steep riding up,
but upon request,
one can be driven by car uphill,
to roll on down amongst
the endless steps of rice fields.
A local tour guide that is available,
to show you THE spots
to venture of to is Wayan.
He can also arrange for you,
a sunrise volcano climb,
walks through the paddy fields,
and white water rafting.
It all sounds like sooo much fun!
Kintamani is 2 hours drive uphill from Ubud, the view of the mount and Lake Batur is awesome. The weather is slightly very cooling, some people trek up to the crater, but it is suggested to do it early morning, in time of sunrise.
Kintamani town is also a great place to have some lunch...almost all restaurants got a view of the volcano and lake, all offers buffet Indonesian lunch, at a very reasonable price.
Only disappointment I have here, is the super persistent souvenir sellers, they are every where, even if you say No, they will still pester you...
I was able to explore this temple complex by accident, while enjoying my lunch @ Cafe Lotus, ive seen the complex. As it was very hot afternoon, not many people dare to venture out..I was able to enjoy exploring the whole complex. Amazing architecture.
Pura Taman Kemuda Saraswati is also referred as Temple of Knowledge. It is along the temple street Jalan Raya...on same street as Ubud Royal Palace. It is famed for the beautiful lotus pond on the front, where nightly cultural dances are being held.
There is no entrance fee to this temple complex.
We did a good stroll along Jalan Raya Campuhan. It was the road that would lead us to Neka Art Museum. We did not make it to the museum as we reached there half an hour before closing time. Anyway, it was not a wasted journey as we thoroughly enjoyed the 40minutes walk from town of Ubud to Jalan Raya Campuhan. Along the road, we passed through many little stalls selling local art and crafts and small galleries displaying many beautiful art pieces. Jalan Raya Campuhan is also a place for many high end resorts and hotels. We passed by bridges and streams, patches of rice fields, willowy trees and most interestingly we met locals whom we had some good conversation.
See pics attached on our stroll along Jalan Campuhan, Ubud
When you are done with your visit at ARMA, the guide will ask if you wish to adjourn to Agung Rai Fine Art Gallery. Transport will be arranged free of charge to take you there. It is about 10minutes away from ARMA. This place is actually a gallery for art pieces by contemporary artists displayed for sale. Entrance is free. A person in charge will guide you around the gallery, explaining the art pieces and the artists involved. He will usually try to sell you the art pieces but if you do not intend to buy - it's fine with them. Art pieces can be negotiated to at least 60% of the quoted price!
If you are an art collector - good place to get some art pieces here. Good bargains!
Took some shots of the art pieces as there were no sign board to say that photography is not allowed. See pics attached on art pieces.
The Pura Kehen (see travelogue) in Bali's north eastern Bangli district is the second largest temple of the island and definitely a must see. The temple complex can be visited by car or minivan from Ubud. This is a picture of one of its amazing sculptures, an elephant standing directly at the side of the road.
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