Fun things to do in Ubud

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    Doing the art scene

    by Restless-in-kl Written Oct 10, 2007

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    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.

    Egg painting
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    Riding a bike in Ubud

    by balisunshine Written Aug 23, 2007

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    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!

    Biking through the fields
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    Day trip uphill to Kintamani

    by arni_ph075 Written Jul 13, 2007

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    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...

    volcano crater the lake Indonesian Buffet Lunch Souvenir Sellers

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    Pura Taman Kemuda Saraswati

    by arni_ph075 Written Jun 8, 2007

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    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.

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    Jalan Raya Campuhan

    by myspices Updated Jun 2, 2007

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    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

    willowy trees along Jalan Raya Campuhan small outlets selling local art and crafts .. we passed by bridges and stream ... many small galleries along Campuhan rice fields too .....
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    Agung Rai Fine Art Gallery

    by myspices Updated Jun 2, 2007

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    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.

    One of the pieces shown in the gallery Harry against an art piece on Balinese women Birds - another big art piece Within the compound of Agung Rai Fine Art Gallery
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    A visit to Pura Kehen

    by egonwegh Updated Apr 12, 2007

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    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.

    Sculpture of an elephant, Pura Kehen, Bali
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    Explore Ubud in your own car

    by Restless-in-kl Written Oct 11, 2006

    Ubud is sprawling and most of the attraction is not in the town center. We drove around Ubud countryside to discover artists' homes and watch them at work.

    We found this mask maker in his home and he even put on a show for us.

    Mask maker
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    Go shopping

    by Restless-in-kl Written Oct 11, 2006

    Ubud is such a great place to shop especially along Jl Monkey Forest. Sometimes, you'll find artists showing off their crafts and selling them in front of hotels.

    We met this young artist who paints on egg shells with intricate designs.

    Ubud artist
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    Rice fields.

    by tere1 Updated Aug 31, 2006

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    One thing you shouln't miss when you go to Ubud is to go and see the beautiful rice fields, which characterize Ubud . Drive through to see them and watch the people working there.

    If you have a driver , ask him to stop so you can take a closer look.
    Very picturesque. It's an amazing sight!

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    Shopping

    by tere1 Updated Aug 24, 2006

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    If you're a shopaholic like I am, you will be thrilled with shopping in Ubud! There are small shops everywhere, plenty of crafts. Baskets, table mats, trays, boxes, incenses, massage oils, sarongs, and many, many beautiful things to buy. And usually very inexpensive.

    You must bargain a little and if you're lucky to be the first customer of the day maybe you will get a big discount. The balinese say that the first customer of the day brings them luck!

    Me shopping, shopping!
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    A cooking class at Casa Luna

    by tere1 Updated Aug 24, 2006

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    If you like Indonesian food, what about having a cooking lesson at Casa Luna? Besides being a guesthouse, the Casa Luna has cooking classes.

    Usually the classes begin with a visit to the Ubud food market followed by the lesson. It's a fun way to spend some time while you learn how to make tasty balinese food.

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    A balinese massage

    by tere1 Updated Aug 24, 2006

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    One thing not to be missed is to have a balinese massage. Most hotels and resorts in Ubud usually have spa facilities. But if yours is not the case, there are plenty of nice and inexpensive spas in Ubud center.

    I had a wonderful massage followed by a flower bath while drinking some ginger tea in a very nice spa , the Spa Hati. It's situated in the center of Ubud, close to the main road. A one hour massage here will cost you around 14 USD, which is ver cheap.

    the jacuzzi at Spa Hati
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    Mingle with the locals...

    by Tijavi Updated Jun 30, 2006

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    One of the great joys of traveling alone and independently is the opportunity to really get to know the people and the local culture.

    In Ubud, I had the opportunity to be invited to the homes of two artists - a painter and a dancer. My visits to their homes are featured in separate travelogues.

    Other than these two great individuals, my days in Ubud are spiced by conversations with local people, like this auntie selling peanuts at the community hall in central Ubud (across the Ubud Tourist Information Center). Although I don't speak the local language, I had a great time snapping pictures of her and her companions' . She also sells some of the best tasting peanuts I've tasted in my life!

    The joys of mingling with the locals are made even more special by the Indonesians' seemingly close affinity to Filipinos (their eyes sparkle with great interest when you identify yourself as Filipino) - perhaps because we share the same hardships, the same problems, the same concerns in our part of the world (vs. our more affluent neighbors in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia)?

    Maybe, or it might just be our shared resilience against life's odds and our zest for life, and the capacity to smile at even the most daunting (and miserable) of circumstances?

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    Arts, handy-crafts

    by Kriesta Updated Jun 27, 2006

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    If u're into antique wooden masks, or any authentic sculptures for a very cheap price, Ubud is where u need to go. Masks came from East Timor, Irian Jaya or Borneo etc and aged 20-30 years are easily to find here. And if u bargain, they willing to sell it to u if the price is right. From the pic, my bf bought the big tall mask for 400,000 rupiah...not a bad deal hey. Well, makes my bf a happy man and added another mask to his collection :)

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