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Partha Sarathi Bhowal
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Published: Sep 26, 2018 | 88 Views

Ubud bali tips:what to know before going to ubud

Far away from the busy streets of Kuta and tanned, sand-covered tourists, Ubud awaits. A passive, jungle break out, where the speed feels slower and the whole thing becomes a bit relaxed. Local artists show their paintings, jewellery, carvings and handicrafts, cafes and restaurants bragg organic, vegan fare and thick green rice paddies and patches of jungle spring up out of nowhere. Ubud is spiritual, friendly and peaceful, and for anyone exploring another side of Bali and relax among nature, it’s the perfect destination.

Top things to know for visiting Bali

If this is your first time visiting Bali, there are a few things you need to know before you set off:

  1. Take care of your Visa issues
  2. To make life smoother, try booking a hotel with an airport shuttle
  3. Things are never ideal in Bali, so set your outlook appropriately, relax and go with the flow

4.Prepare to experience astounding Balinese hospitality, affectionate welcomes and plenty of joyful smiles

5. Knowing a few key words in Bahasa goes a long way! Tidak (means no), Terima Kasih (means thank you) and Sama Sama (means you’re welcome)

6. You will need to bargain when shopping at local stores, learn how to bargain like a professional here

7. The roads are completely organized chaos, don’t get frightened, your driver constantly knows what they’re doing!

8. You cannot have the tap water, so store up some big bottles from neighboring stores

How to reach Ubud

Depending on the time of day, it should take approximately 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours to reach Ubud. If you have an option, I’d advise making the drive outside of peak traffic times as it makes the journey slower. If your Ubud lodging has a transfer service and you’re content with the rate, it’s honestly just much comfortable to book them and have them do it for you. It takes the pressure out of everything and makes life easier.

If you have to discover your own way to Ubud, the second suggestion would be to organize transport (not a taxi, but a private van). It should cost you approximately 300,000 IDR to get from the airport to Ubud.

If you’re on the ground in Bali, it’s simple to arrange transport. You can either inquire at the hotel you’re staying at or walk out on the street, where you’ll definitely have someone bawl out at you, saying “Transport! Transport!” You’ll probably need to bargain with them. If you’re not on the ground in Bali, you may want to try pre-booking the transfer yourself – yet again, it’ll make life much comfortable.

The third and final option would be to grab hold of a taxi, but this would be a last resort and catching a taxi is feasible if you are travelling straight away from the airport but not getting transferred from Kuta to Ubud for instance.

If you’re on the ground in Bali, it’s simple to arrange transport. You can either inquire at the hotel you’re staying at or walk out on the street, where you’ll definitely have someone bawl out at you, saying “Transport! Transport!” You’ll probably need to bargain with them. If you’re not on the ground in Bali, you may want to try pre-booking the transfer yourself – yet again, it’ll make life much comfortable.

The third and final option would be to grab hold of a taxi, but this would be a last resort and catching a taxi is feasible if you are travelling straight away from the airport but not getting transferred from Kuta to Ubud for instance.

Tip: If you are exhausted after catching two flights and a long layover then rather than tire yourselves out further it is wise to spend a few hours sleeping at a lovely, affordable hotel near Ngurah Rai International Airport (Hotel H Sovereign –costing $30-$40AU per night inclusive breakfast + free airport shuttle) before checking out and hopping into a Bluebird Taxi heading to Nusa Dua the next day.

Preferred time to visit Ubud

There is not a best time to visit this place since the weather is good all year round. Of course, there are particular time when it’s hotter and rainier, but normally, it’s difficult to go wrong – it’s a excellent destination all year. It’s said, the peak season happens in the summer months, from April to October.

You’ll find it a bit more rainy October through March but don’t let that discourage you, those tropical afternoon storms are stunning.

Where to stay

When it comes to selecting where to stay, you generally have two location options. You either like to be right in the heart of Ubud or outside the major streets, staying somewhere in the jungle/along the river. Here are some tips for the best of each:

In the centre of Ubud: Plataran Ubud

Hotel locations in Ubud don’t get improved than the incredible Plataran Ubud. You’ll find it right all along with one of Ubud’s main streets, making it perfect for anyone exploring to get around easily and on-foot.

Of course, you can arrange transport or a scooter to get around town and witness things outside of the main area too. Unexpectedly, even though it’s located right in the heart of Ubud, the hotel is on a pleasant big property that stretches way back off the streets, making it feel like you’re a world away from the jostle and buzz from outside.

The pool is perfect for lounging, bounded by jungle and rice patties, palm trees towering overhead. The on-site restaurant offers absolutely delicious food, including a variety of local favorites, perfect for anyone looking to taste local flavours.

If you’re looking to run away from the world and get lost in the jungle, Kupu Kupu Barong offers a implausible hideaway 5 minutes drive outside of Ubud’s main streets. Getting around is fast and easy, either by using the hotel’s transport, boarding the local transport on the street or hiring your own scooter (this is what is adventurous).

Hang about in the hotel-style Jungle Retreat or lean-to in your own Kupu Kupu Barong villa, inclusive of plunge-pool and river views. In the both ways, you’ll feel like the King of the jungle. You’ll find plenty of big restaurants, cafes and bars nearby, and the on-site Mango Tree Spa is completely extraordinary, offering wistful massages in treehouse-style bungalows.

Top things to see and do in Ubud

Need some motivation on what to see and do in Ubud? Here are a few tips:

  1. Travel around the rice terraces and an 11th-century temple, Gunung Kawi at Tampaksiring
  2. Visit the dazzling Tegenungan Waterfall, but don’t get in for a swim as the water isn’t ‘clean’
  3. Get up early and have a spiritual experience under the soothing waters at Istana Tampaksiring

4. See the remarkable Campuhan Ridge Walk at sunset.

5. Get up early and explore the lively Ubud morning market (get ready for a few funky smells)

6. Enjoy a tour of the absolutely implausible Green Village and grab delicious local food for lunch too

7. Explore the religious, peaceful space of the 9th century Elephant Cave

8. Stroll at the lush, green Tegalalang Rice Terraces

Where to eat at Ubud

You would love food here since it is sumptuous and fills your belly. Based on that information, here are some of the selective places where you can relish some of the delicious food at Ubud:

  1. Have an memorable dining experience, tasting an amazing Indonesian degustation at Blanco par Mandif
  2. Take pleasure in at least one lunch under the canopy of Cafe Pomegranate, hidden along a tiny path covered with rice fields and you can get magnificent mountain views
  3. Drink some of the best coffee in town (made without artificial espresso machines) at Made in Bali

4.Move to The Sayan House just before sunset for wonderful views, grand cocktails and really delicious food

5.·Grasp a quick and easy bite at Kafe and enjoy the world go by

6. Have really, really good gelato at local favorite, Gaya Gelato

7. Enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner at riverside, vegan restaurant Sakti Dining Room

8. Fill up you stomach on the top most Italian food in town at Uma Cucine

9. Burge in for a nutritious, delicious bite at Bali Buda

Packing can be hard and Bali is no exemption, here are some of the tips on a few things you definitely need to pack:

  1. Ubud is the super laid back, hippy, no matter whatsoever goes part of Bali, so wear whatever the heck you want! There are a few good restaurants to visit so you may want to pack one or two slightly desirable outfits for those places if you plan to visit them. No high-heels or jackets are to be kept.
  2. Don’t forget to pack your swimmers, kaftans, sarongs, hats and all your other necessary pool attire

3. Just keep your packing light, saving room for all the goodies you’ll scoop up while you’re staying there!

4. Pack light, comfortable clothing like shorts, skirts, dresses and t-shirts in nice blowy fabrics

5. Be sanguine to include indispensable medicines as well as Imodium or gasto-strop, any prescriptions meds, sunscreen and a high-strength bug spray. Apart from these keep a hat and sunglasses.


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