An introduction to Ubud – Bali

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Ubud Temple

Ubud is considered as the cultural centre of the island of Bali, Indonesia. The town is a haven for artists and writers with galleries and workshops all over the town.

The town is about 1 hour north of Denpasar airport and the beaches of Southern Bali, but it has a completely different feel to the beaches. Ubud has an alternative lifestyle/hippie vibe to it, which is not like any other place in Asia. The town soon found a new wave of admirers with the release of the best selling book “Eat, Pray, Love”.

In Ubud the traditional Balinese way of life evident everywhere you go, with temples seemingly on every corner. While Ubud has grown over the last decade you can still be in rice fields within 10 minutes walk from the town centre.

It is not just new age crowd that come here either. Ubud is a favourite hangout place for travellers that are starting a travel blog. The combination of the low cost of living (compared to Australia and Europe) and the abundant things to do in the area make for a ideal base for a travel blogger.

Online entrepreneurs have also found their way to Ubud with co-working spaces and cafes that are friendly to location independent working. It’s an interesting mix of expats who have chosen to call Ubud home, and they have have added another layer to the traditional Balinese way of life.

For a relatively small town Ubud has a lot of things to do. There are good quality restaurants and cafes everywhere, and local and international artists have studios and stores here too, making it a great place to go shopping for yourself or for souvenirs to take home.

Most people who visit Bali stay in the beach area in Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak. Some will take a day trip from the beach to visit Ubud, but to truly experience it you should at least stay here for a night or two. In the evening the day-tripper traffic dies down and there are traditional Balinese dances that are held in the temples around town.

Ubud also makes for a more convenient base to explore central Bali which will save more travel time compared to departing from the beaches.

If you are looking for a place to stay we recommend using the booking site Agoda for hotels in Ubud. Agoda are the leading hotel bookers in Southeast Asia. They offer a lowest price guarantee, so if you find a cheaper hotel rate for the same hotel and dates, they will match it. Agoda offer regular deals so there are some excellent offers to be found. When looking for hotels you can filter the results according to your needs.

In terms of finding a place to stay, Ubud has a wide range of accommodation. From hostels and basic losmen (a guesthouse in Indonesia), to mid-range hotels and 5 star resorts. You can choose to stay in the town or select from one of the many hotels and villas that are in the rice fields or surrounding forest.

Travel Resources:
Ubud travel guide – Wikitravel
Introducing Ubud – Lonely Planet

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