Ubud Journals

Stopover in Ubud

An August 2002 trip to Ubud by stevepage

Ubud Photo, Ubud, Indonesia More Photos
Quote: Highlights of a two day stopover in Ubud - one of the main tourist centres in Bali

Stopover in Ubud

Overview

Ubud Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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This offers all the services you would expect in a bid city and is a fine place to stock up on supplies at the start of your trip, or souvenirs at the end. The area surrounding Ubud is packed full of temples and the like and guided tours are available for culture vultures.Quick Tips: Remember to bargain hard when purchasing souvenirs - Ubud isn't the cheapest place for everything, but most things are in plentiful supply which drives the cost down.Best Way To Get Around: There is little in the way of organized public transportation in town, but everywhere you go people will offer you transport - from the back of a motorbike to an air-conditioned car, so bargain a price to start with a...Read More
Artini 3 Lodge Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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Down near the south end of Monkey Forest Road, this excellent if small hotel is a great base for exploring Ubud.The hotel does not serve food (other than breakfasts which are included in the price), but this isn't a hardship as a good range of restaurants is on its doorstep. The rooms are set out in three main blocks aside the outdoor swimming pool, and they all have a balcony or private entrance way dependant whether you’re on the ground floor or above. All rooms are twins with shower and bath, but be aware that the ones right down at the bottom of the complex are the very end of the hot water pipes – so time your showers accordingly! We stayed here on a few occasions and were happy with t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2002

Artini 3 Lodge
Monkey Forest Road
Ubud, Indonesia

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A fairly posh affair but one of the best we found for providing a more westernized style of service – i.e. all of our food arrived more or less at the same time and in the right order. They have both standard tables with chairs and low tables where you sit on the floor – all eating is done outdoors with canopies above each table. The menu includes the full range of Indonesian foods and some more westernized dishes.At night the pathways through the garden are lit entirely by candles, which adds a wonderful atmosphere to the place but doesn’t do much for helping you see the way around – watch out for the occasional pond beside the paths! The name dirty duck – according to the creed on the men...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2002

Dirty Duck Restaurant
Monkey Forest Road
Ubud, Indonesia

The Rose Garden

Restaurant

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A pricey restaurant as far as Balinese prices are concerned, but good at catering for larger numbers. The restaurant is set in wonderful surroundings best viewed during the day, and the main eating areas look out over a small lake with a large Hindu temple to the rear.

Food is predominantly Indonesian although some are available with more western influences. The main eating area is exclusively kitted out with normal tables / chairs, but is a bit characterless so it's better to ask for a place up the left side – it's all on low tables so you sit on the floor, but is generally a bit nicer.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2002

The Rose Garden
North End of Monkey Forest Road
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud Music

Attraction

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Just along to the west of the Royal Palace, this is the biggest music and DVD store in central Ubud – be careful what you buy as prices vary wildly dependant on whether it's an import or Asian edition of the product. DVD’s are fairly cheap at 40,000 rp each, but be aware that although most are perfectly fine some are of very poor quality and are possibly pirate versions. This seems to be the case with the most recent releases – the easy way to tell is to read the back cover to see if there are any additional special features listed, and if not then it's probably of poor quality. This shop also sells a good range of books on Indonesia, ranging from religion to wildlife, so it's worth a look. If y...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 16, 2002

Ubud Music
West of Royal Palace
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud Market

Attraction

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Ubud craft market is situated on the corner of Monkey Forest Road and at first glance seems to be a fairly small affair, but it's a densely packed labyrinth. On the north side are the T shirt sellers with everything from I love Bali, Bintang (the local beer), and surfing tshirts – all for around 20,000 – 25,000 rp each. Deeper into the market are the wood carvers, but prices do rise up a bit – be very careful here as quality varies widely and they are quick to wrap things up. We found a few items which had clearly been broken and subsequently repaired, being disguised with heaps of shoe polish – if you find this and the repair is good then it’s a good bargaining lever, but for a wider range of carving...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2002

Ubud Market
Opposite the Palace, North End of Monkey Forest Ro
Ubud, Indonesia

Sacred Monkey Forest

Attraction | "Monkey Forest"

Sacred Monkey Forest Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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This is an excellent little attraction. Fair enough that you can see monkeys in most parts of Bali, but here they come right up to you as they are well acquainted to the activities of humans – in some respects only too well acquainted.Whatever you do, don’t leave your bags open or lying around as the monkeys will be off with them as soon as you turn your back. The staff of the park will feed the monkeys and offer you the same opportunity, but if you want a good photo then it's best to avoid being associated with food. Another word of caution is that you should never bare your teeth as this is a sign of aggression – fine if your on a one to one situation, but here you are well and truly outnumbered ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2002

Sacred Monkey Forest
Village Of Padangtegal
Ubud, Bali
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