Ubud is a small town in Bali’s green interior known for its pretty terraced rice fields, arts and crafts, scenic villages, rivers and ancient temples. If you’re looking to explore Bali’s culture, Ubud is the place to start.
It’s a stark contrast to the whirlwind party scene in Kuta- Ubud offers a peaceful, relaxing setting with scenic views and plenty of art galleries and workshops. This cultural centre was once a place for bohemians, backpackers and artists to get ‘off the beaten track’ but has becoming increasingly popular with tourists and jetsetters who come for relaxation and pampering at Ubud’s eco-resorts, luxury villas, yoga holidays, spas and spiritual retreats. Whilst there are concerns that Ubud may start to struggle to cope with the number of tourists flooding into the area, it still retains its charm.
Ubud can be a great base from which to explore the island because of its central location and easy access to Bali’s main tourist spots as well as the mountains. The air is much cooler here as Ubud is a few hundred metres above sea level, and if you’re not so bothered about being close to the beach, then this serene town is probably the best option for you.
It is also becoming increasingly popular with tourists since it featured in the book, and subsequent movie Eat Pray Love. And who wouldn’t want to visit Bali after seeing Julia Roberts riding a bicycle amongst those green rice fields? Many people also visit Ubud to seek out Ketut Liyer, the medicine man who reads the main character Liz’s palm.