The art village.
Some distance away from the crowded beaches full of noisy teenagers, only an hour's drive from the Ngurah Rai airport or Kuta, travelers will find Ubud, an island within an island. As opposed to the well known coastal destinations, here there is a completely different atmosphere.
Ubud is the cultural center of Bali. In the main town of Ubud you will find many art studios and stores. Some of the paintings, sculptures
and other works of art can also be purchased at very reasonable prices. There are also several interesting museums, dance shows,
various festivals and other cultural events. Visitors are offered a variety of courses, including batik and Balinese painting.
Ubud invites you with an extremely relaxed and casual atmosphere, immerse yourself in the cultural diversity of Bali.
The beautiful, natural surroundings of Ubud, offers itself to undertake an exploration tour by bike, or go for a hike.. You will be rewarded with some spectacular views into the mountains and the rainforest. Hotels and tour operators offer guided tours. Especially recommended are the early morning bird walks, where you can sometimes see over 50 species of birds.
Things to do near Ubud
In the center of Ubud is a small, old palace, the former residence of the Raja of Ubud. A small part of the system is still inhabited by the descendants of the Rajas. However, large parts are accessible for the public.
Gunung Kawi is a grave system of the 11th Century. It represents one of the most impressive places of worship in Bali. Near Tampaksiring travelers reach Gunung Kawi by a staircase, which is cut into the rock and leads into a deep gorge, with steep rice terraces. From the rock faces nine graves were carved out. Try to avoid the rush hours and visit this impressive, even majestic place either early morning or towards late afternoon. Then, when the noise of the tourist has died, you can feel it, the splendor and spirit of the past.
Ubud offers a huge range of art museums. Its difficulty to recommend a special one. However, the museum Puri Luksina displays typical examples of Balinese arts, and the Arma also offers a huge array of courses and workshops in Balinese painting, woodcarving, batik, architecture and many others.
Travelers will find art galleries in every street of Ubud. But you should not miss Seniwati Gallery of art by Balinese women.
Travel to Ubud
You can travel to Ubud with two bemo services. Orange bemos travel from Gianyar to Ubud, and the larger brown bemos come from Batubulan terminal in Denpasar. As Ubud has not a complete bemo termina, bemos stop in the middle of the town.
There are not many taxis in and around Ubud. But many private drivers are available. Travelers should ask at the hotel reception for a reliable driver. You might order a taxi from Ubud to the airport that is about Rp. 175.000.
For short distances a mountain-bike might be an alternative. Many shops offer bicycles for rent.