or 3 days I visited Ubud monkey forest, Kuta beach, Nusa Dua, rice fields, temple visit & pampered myself with balinese massage. Many water sports activity one must try like snorkelling, surfing, scuba diving. Nature at its best.
Ubud The overall pace and feel of the holiday was average till we reached Ubud. The place has world class resorts and we stayed at Sens Hotel and Spa, primarily cause of its proximity to the Ubud Market Center (Its advisable to stay near Market Center since there’s no public transport in Ubud and hotels generally have limited shuttle service, making you feel stranded). The hotel is a 4* property but we were again disappointed with food.Ubud was also crowded like Legian and Seminyak , but the charming Cafes , Quirky Shops & Zen Houses in the middle of the market street can win anybody’s heart over .You can pick up Bali bands , Dream Catchers , wooden carvings ,Paintings, decorative Items,clothes and other souvenirs from the Ubud Central Market.
Mt.Batur (1717 meters) is the most active volcano in Bali. This trek starts at 2 AM and if you sign up with a tour, they will pick you up from your hotel in Ubud. The drive from Ubud to Kintamani is around an hour or so and you arrive at 3AM in time to start your hike to the summit. It’s pitch dark and there is a nip in the air. You are freezing from excitement and the biting cold. You sip on hot tea and get your gear ready before your ascent – warm clothing, torch, stick, etc.
Ubud is the heart of cultural Bali that is away from the noise and craziness of Kuta. Interestingly, Central Ubud can be explored by foot without the need of any map, motorbike or a tour guide. A simple walk along Ubud’s streets would make one appreciate the culture of the locals. However, should one intends to see beyond Central Ubud, renting a car or motorbike helps.
The reason I am not covering the temples and rice terraces of Ubud; the lakes of Kintamani and Bedugul; the white sand beaches of south eastern Islands and Gili Islands, the surfing heaven of South Bali is because all these places are beautiful. What makes Bali one of the top holiday destinations is the perfect mix of fun, culture and relaxation. I am trying to cover the best places for party and fun in this island. South Bali is the party capital of the island, dotted with clubs, reggae bars, discotheques and more. Central Bali is very culture drives and just a few bars and clubs, although in some places parties do go on till 3am.
As with most of Asia, it’s pretty easy to eat well here on the cheap. Bali lacks the variety of some other Asian cuisines (like Thai, sigh!) but it does at least have flavour (unlike the food in Vietnam, ahem). The trick to eating cheap is to stay out of the tourist restaurants where prices quickly add up. I once ordered a small mineral water from a slightly pricey restaurant in Ubud and it cost me 30,000rp for a posh branded bottle instead of the 1,500rp it would have cost me in the convenience store for the most popular brand of mineral water here – Aqua. Luckily, it’s easy to find plenty of local warungs (restaurants) even in the most touristy areas. Just follow the locals and you’ll be fine. the most usual options are nasi goreng (fried rice) mie goreng (fried noodles) cap cay (stir fried veg /soup), ayam goreng (fried chicken), padang (choose your own dishes from a selection displayed in the window on an impressively-balanced tower of plates) , bakso (meatball soup), and nasi campur (rice with a nice selection of meat, veg and tofu/Tempe dishes)You could spend a fortune in Bali doing tours but there really is no need. If you’re staying by the beach then you’ve got plenty of entertainment right there. Inland you have rice fields and jungles, great for exploring. There are free and cheap art galleries and museums everywhere. You must visit a few temples when you come here and they are all very cheap to visit as a tourist.
5. Ubud Art Market and Puri SarenTake a break from all the sightseeing and visit the art market open till about 6pm everyday. We bought all our souvenirs here – paintings, masks, magnets, gifts, folding fans etc. Not far from here is the Water Palace which symbolizes the rich heritage of Bali. Distance from Ubud: 0kmSouth Bali