Ubud is the heart of Bali and flourishes with its art & crafts centre and traditional dances. This has led to a large boom in the tourism industry. It is located amongst steep ravines and rice paddies in the central foothills of Gianyar regency.
In addition to the breathtaking beaches and glorious sunsets, there are hidden gems in surprising places, reserved for those of us looking for an off-beat experience.
It's in the cool mountains, just an hour's drive north of the airport. This traditional country town is home to one of Bali's royal families. You can even visit the majestic palace in the centre of town.
Ubud is also well known as a flourishing crafts centre. Around Ubud, there are the surrounding villages of Campuhan, Penestanan, Peliatan and Batuan. These communities specialise in crafts and woodcarving which are sold all over the island.
There are hundreds of shops selling antiques, woodcarvings, crafts, textiles, paintings and jewellery in Ubud.
You'll also find some of the best art museums in the country here. Along Ubud's main street are dozens of art studios, an excellent local craft market and galleries.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Where? Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Its official name is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ( Balinese Mandala Suci Wenara Wana), and its name as written on its welcome sign is the Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.