Located in Central Bali, this village is well known as its culture and greenish image. The village was said used to be small, now has grown to be the second popular destination in Bali for those who crave for escaping the hip-hip hooray of Kuta area. Here we go, the travel guide Ubud.
1. Getting Here
Getting here is easy, if you decide to go straight to Ubud (B) from the Airport, you might be left with not many options. Either to take airport taxi that will charge you IDR 250,000 to IDR 300,000, which could be a good deal if you are not alone so that you could share the price, or bargaining with the local car rental drivers whose ready to offer you with a huge amount of price most of the time (even more when you are a foreigner). If you want to go by taxi, make sure that you buy the ticket in the official ticket office to avoid paying unbelievably expensive price. Or, if you are ready for a little walk, you can walk out from the airport area and find Blue Bird taxi with price meter. Alternatively, install the apps for Uber or Grab Car to hire a car up to Ubud. With uber it will cost around IDR 120,000 – IDR 160,000 depends on the traffic (Toll and Airport parking fee are not included yet).
Otherwise, if you want to get to Ubud from Kuta or Legian area, there is shuttle bus managed by Perama Tour. You can directly come to their office in Legian to check the schedule and buy the ticket or just simply check from their website. The price is fairly cost IDR 60,000 for one-way ticket.
2. Getting Around and Attractions
Some attractions in Ubud are reachable by walk while few others are reachable by motor bike, scooter or car.
Goa gajah is located less than 6 km from central Ubud. Goa gajah or elephant cave charges you for the entrance fee of IDR 15,000. As this is a temple for meditation, you are obliged to respect the site while entering by covering your lower body with Sarong, so be prepared. Inside the site, you can bargain to have a local guide explaining about the history of the site, be aware that the fair price should be around IDR 50,000 – IDR 100,000. They might offer you a price like IDR 500,000, so negotiation is highly recommended to avoid to pay an overprice.
Only a walking distance from the central Ubud, you can find monkey forest. On the map that I show above, it is exactly located in Monkey Forest street at Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana. Entrance fee is IDR 40,000 for adult and IDR 30,000 for child. Care must be taken when you are in the monkey forest as the monkeys are attracted to whatever you bring. Take care about your sunglasses, pocket camera, phone, bags, basically take care about everything. Don’t get too stressed when the monkey suddenly jumps on your head and stay on it. Remain calm (I know its nearly impossible to do so), when you are calm, you are not fun for them anymore and they will leave. Do not see them in the eyes as it will provoke them to attack you.
Campuhan Ridge Walk
You can either walk or ride a bike to enjoy Campuhan ridgewalk. The view along the way towards Campuhan Hill (Bukit Campuhan) is green and calming. This activity is free, what you need to pay is that if you decide to reward yourself with the fresh coconut drink at Café Karsa after a long walk. The café itself is nice and very relaxing.
Tegallalang Rice Field
Tegallalang rice field is more or less 10 km away north of Ubud. The entrance fee is IDR 10,000 per person officially. You are expected to walk along the rice field, so wearing a comfortable sneakers is recommended unless you want to get mud on your feet. While walking, the field is quite up and down and sometimes slippery but the view is very nice. There are some spots with decoration where you can take your picture by paying for some donation.
Pura (Temples) Hopping
Bali is a home of thousands Pura, in Ubud itself there are some names that worth to see and visit such as Pura Desa, Pura Gunung Lebah, Pura Taman Saraswati, Pura Dalem Agung Padang Tegal and Pura Padang Kerta. Pura Taman Saraswati is the unique one, pura that is surrounded by lotus garden. It is also known as Pura Water Palace.
Shopping at Ubud Market can also be interesting, you can buy Balinese spices, soaps, aromatherapy, etc. Next to Local Market, there is Jalan Karna (Karna Street) with the vendors a long the way selling various kind of stuffs just like Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur. The best thing about it is that you could spontaneously trying anything that suddenly interest you, Balinese Coffee for example.
Activities & Relaxation
Some other suggested activities during your stay in Ubud are attending half-day Cooking Class for IDR 300,000.
When in Bali, pampering yourself with massage and spa is sort of a tradition. I recommend you Fresh Spa if you want to try massage and spa in Ubud, the price is more expensive than another place but the service is special and professional. Make sure you book your appointment before.
Ubud is also known as a center of Yoga, therefore many choices of yoga class are available. Yoga class fee start from IDR 100,000 per visit.
Art & Culture
Bali is a land of art and culture. Every night there is always Balinese Dance performance in one or two of the main site in Ubud like Ubud Palace, Pura Puseh and Pura Taman Saraswati. Generally the ticket will cost IDR 80,000.
If painting and history are your thing, there is Museum Puri Lukisan with the admission fee of IDR 50,000 for adult and free of charge for child.
Eating cheap in Ubud? Try Warung Biah-Biah. The place is nice and its always very crowded so you might want to come earlier to get the table/spot. They serve many range of local food with a fair prices, full meal for 3 persons is around IDR 100,000. The warung is located at Goutama street.
There is one special place if you want to try a healthy herbal drink, its called Soma Café at Dewi Sita street. Even herbal drink is not really my thing, but well, to feed a curiosity is okay for once.
If you are looking for different dessert, try coconut ice cream at Tukies Coconut Shop.
As in another place in the world, when the local seller figure that you are a tourist, you could be asked as much money as they can.
In tegallalang rice field for example, its quite disappointing and shameful for me to admit that some of our local people is asking for “donation” even after you pay for the entrance fee. Even so, it does not happen all the time as some friends of mine were not asked for that other than for the bridge. So where does the donation go?
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