Ubud Travel Guide | Hotels, Resorts, Insights, Things To Do

If you have ever heard Ubud, it crossed your mind that Ubud is Culture. It can be said that Ubud is Bali’s, cultural heart. This area is located in the incredible mountains, just one hour’s drive north of the airport and the resorts of southern Bali.

This traditional country town is the home of the Balinese Royal family and a flourishing arts center. Most of Bali’s museums and galleries are centered in Ubud, but culture and history-rich Bali are peppered with museums and galleries.

These museums and galleries offer paintings, woodcarvings, textiles, and souvenirs for viewing and purchase. Puri Lukisan Museum in the center of Ubud, Neka Museum in Campuhan, Seniwati Gallery, and Agung Rai Museum in Pengosekan is a must to see the difference between creative art and more commercial products.

Inspired by vibrant green rice paddies, mountains, and colorful Balinese festivals, the elite artistic colony that began in the 1930s with eminent European painters, writers, and musicians has grown into a thriving arts center, drawing increasing visitors. Ubud is also a flourishing crafts center.

Around Ubud, the surrounding villages like Campuhan, Penestanan, Peliatan, and Batuan specialize in crafts and woodcarving sold all over the island. There are hundreds of shops selling antiques, woodcarvings, crafts, textiles, paintings, jewelry, some of the best art museums in the country, dozens of art studios, an excellent local craft market, and galleries selling local international art.

Ubud’s role as the epicenter of Balinese culture makes it the perfect place to see traditional Balinese dance and drama. From the early 1920s, the royal family ensured that the most talented dance, music, and theater teachers were brought to Ubud to entertain the King and pass on their knowledge.

Dances like Legong, Ramayana, Baris, Kecak, and Sanghyang (the fire dance) are performed nightly in Bona village, just 15 minutes drive from Ubud. Bali’s most accomplished dancers, musicians, painters, and carvers live in just 10 square kilometers.

Balinese Hinduism remains stronger in Ubud than elsewhere in Bali, cremation ceremony or celebration. Balinese Hinduism is distinct from that of India. It has absorbed the animism of Bali’s pre-Hindu ancestors – inspired by the extraordinary beauty of Bali’s landscapes – rice fields, mountains, river gorges, villages, and ancient temples. Visit Ubud Monkey Forest, a natural forest reserve popular with locals and tourists.

They are inhabited by wild monkeys who will steal the camera, bananas, handbags, toupees, etc. These mischievous monkeys provide lots of entertainment. Interesting meandering paths lead to charming places like the bathing temple surrounded by lush remnants of an ancient forest.

Take a look at the new Checkers Specials before you go anywhere to shop. Also, you can have a look at the new JB Hi-Fi Catalogue, which is a great gift guide. Just off the main square, a lovely arched stone bridge leads to the Hindu elephant-headed Lord Ganesh overlooking a small, square, moss-covered pool where several koi swim at his feet.

How to Get There

Ubud is a tourist resort in the Gianyar area. Many ways to get to Ubud. One of the public transportation can use a taxi.

Also, you can hire a motorcycle in this area, and this is the cheapest way to get around Ubud. If you do not want to ride a motorbike, you can get a car rental for self-drive or car rental with a driver in Bali.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

  • Ubud Monkey Forest
  • Taro Elephant Safari Park
  • Tegalalng Rice Terrace

Accommodations

  • Uma Kalai
  • Ubud Villa Indah
  • Ubud Ina Inn
  • Sudana Homestay