Planning a visit to beautiful Bali? There are many reasons to visit Ubud, or even make it your base during your stay. Ubud sits only 20 kilometers from Denpasar among rolling green hills and the artistic heart of the country. It promises a truly unforgettable visit. Here are some great reasons to consider this paradise within paradise for your next trip.
1. Plenty of Affordable Accommodation
Accommodations in the area are usually more affordable than most of Bali’s beach towns. Along with hotels, you’ll also find plenty of Indonesian guest houses, or losmen, available to foreign visitors. Jalan Kajeng and Jalan Honoman are both very close to the main road and Jalan Honoman (who is the monkey god) is just downhill from Jalan Raya Ubud with plenty of temples and art shops to enjoy. Many people also prefer homestays, or family compounds and family temples, many of which have wonderful two-story bungalows you can rent and enjoy magnificent views of the sculpted gardens. Most hotels also include villas or suites with great views, large terraces and laundry service.
2. Central Location
Ubud sits 20 kilometers from Denpasar right in Bali’s cultural heartland. It’s also centrally located in the country only only 35 kilometers from Bali’s International Airport. It’s become very popular for tourists, including those who wish to avoid the swarms of people near the country’s best attractions, and it’s been voted as the most fascinating city in Asia by Conde Nast Traveler. You’ll also notice the climate here is much cooler than the other popular destinations of Bali.
3. Amazing Culture
Ubud is famous throughout Bali — and the world — for its nightly dance performances, which are part of the culture here and also arranged for the area’s many tourists. You’ll also witness daily Hindu-Balinese ceremonies which take place in the nearby candle-lit temples. The entire atmosphere of Ubud has a romantic feel with traditional Balinese music at every turn and plenty of tour guides eager to teach you more.
4. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
The Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal is just outside Ubud. The monkeys here are actually long-tailed macaques and symbolize negative and positive forces to the Balinese people. At sacred temples throughout the country — including the Sacred Monkey Forest — these macaques are protected and revered, although they’re also known to show the negative force when they steal from the shops and raid the nearby rice fields. There are three temples you can explore in the sanctuary and hundreds of macaques that aren’t afraid of people and freely wander the grounds.
5. The Best Food in the Country
Udub has quickly earned a reputation for having some of the best food in all of Bali. The area is home to a number of small restaurants set among the area’s tropical gardens as well as great roadside cafes to try and even food stalls offering Bali’s local specialties. One of the best places to check out is Ibu Oka Warung, a small cafe in Ubud that draws locals and visitors from around the globe. One of their most popular items is Babi guling, or a Balinese roast suckling pig, that’s delivered to the restaurant daily, sliced and served in bowls with rice, spiced veggies, fried intestines and the restaurant’s secret sauce. The pork is one of the best things you’ll eat on your trip and costs only £2.