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Breathtaking Bali; Uniquely Ubud

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A May 2006 trip to Bali by dcdc75

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Breathtaking Bali; Uniquely Ubud

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wedding couple Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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One normally associates Bali with beautiful beaches, deliciously cheap cuisine and an exuberant nightlife. But away from the madding crowd that is Kuta or the mass package travel havens of Sanur, there lies a quieter and more peaceful facet of the island. Ubud, tucked away on the slopes leading to the central, is often overlooked and deemed only worthy of a day trip from Kuta. But as the growing expatriate community there can testify, in Ubud lies the real beauty of Bali. Despite Ubud’s renowned world class resorts and inevitable tourist traps, there are temples and rice fields which allow the visitor to experience the village life in its entirety. Visitors are often invited to participate in intimate...Read More

Ubud Market

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Ubud Market Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Ubud’s ‘Pasar Seni’ or Art Market is a must stop on the tourist route and tours to the market are offered by most travel agencies in Bali. All of Bali’s finest arts and crafts can be found in this two-storey brick building. A good time to poke around would be in the early morning when the vendors are just setting up their stalls. Not only will you be buffered from the harsh midday sun but you will also be offered lower prices (‘harga pelangsir’) as the Balinese believe that the first sale of the day must be secured even at rock-bottom prices as this brings good luck and more sales throughout the day. Shopping in the evenings b...Read More

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Ubud Market
Jalan Raya Ubud
Bali, Indonesia 80571
+62 361 755 424

Dance Performance

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Shadow Puppet performance Photo,
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One of the great joys of Ubud is the nightly array of cultural entertainment available for the traveler. Most dance performances depict scenes from the ancient Hindi script Ramayana and Mahabharata; and involve tales of good triumphing over evil. Dances performed for tourists are often abbreviated and a typical performance will consist of two different dances held normally from 7.30pm-9.00pm. Tickets are normally about $5 per person and can be purchased from Ubud Tourist Information hut on the main street. You can also buy tickets from street vendors gaily clad in traditional finery at no e...Read More

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Sayan Rice Fields and Ayung River

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Farmers hard at work harvesting rice Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Sometimes the best pleasures of travel are its simpler pursuits. Indeed in Bali, there is no limit to activities for the traveler; be it the myriad tours to must- see destinations on the island, luxurious spa packages, colorful shopping boutiques and gourmet restaurants. Yet one can quickly tire of this surfeit of entertainment and crave a little peace and quiet. A do-it-yourself walking tour is just the remedy! It is good exercise, fun with the possibility of adventure and most importantly, a chance for one to explore delightful little enclaves which has not yet been overrun by tour buses... A good walking trail which is accessible from Ubud will be a westward walk towards the town of Pen...Read More

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Sacred Monkey Forest

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Attraction | "Monkey Forest, Nyuh Kuning, and Penestanan"

Sacred Monkey Forest Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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Walks around Ubud and its surrounding villages are extremely rewarding, as they offer many opportunities to marvel at budding artists at work in open verandahs and observe age-old tasks of rice cultivation alongside sophisticated hotels. One such walk which allows us a glimpse of rural life and gorgeous rice fields will be this walking trail south of Ubud: beginning at the delightful Monkey Forest Sanctuary, continuing southwards to the little village of Nyuh Kuning, and circling back up to Penestanan. This walk will take about 2 hours and covers a distance of approximately 8km. As always, you will need a hat, good shoes, and a good tourist map (pick up one for free at the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2007

Sacred Monkey Forest
Village Of Padangtegal
Ubud, Bali
+62 361 973 285