If you are stuck in your life, fed up with the rat race of the big city, or just want to experience the city with Bali's most spectacular culture, Ubud is the place for you! Since Elisabeth Gilbert's "Eat, Pray and Love," was published and subsequently made into a movie, Ubud has become a favourite with people looking for the meaning in life and it is the meeting place and mecca of most esoteric healing and meditation experts. Walking through the streets, you can hear the relaxing sound of Balinese music and walking into the many inviting massage salons, you can refresh every pore of your body.
However, even those who are not that much into self-healing will find tons of things to do here as well. One of the most visited attractions in Ubud is the Monkey Forest, which is a huge park with traditional carved stones and plenty of friendly monkeys who will be happy to pose with you for your selfies.
Moreover, the city offers more temples and sacred Hindu places than probably any other place in Indonesia. These can be visited for free during the day and serve as excellent backgrounds to the numerous dancing shows that take place once the sun sets. Another place that is definitely worth a visit is the traditional market, where you can buy everything from local flower petals to children's toys, from Wayang puppets to artistic paintings. And if you get interested in the local art, why not visit one of the many art galleries and exhibitions scattered all over the city or just get lost in the breathtakingly beautiful traditional streets with spectacular statutes and gateways beckoning to you all the way?
Another great thing about Ubud is that even though the local culture is very strongly present, it is one of the few places in Indonesia where you can find food from all over the planet. Even though food prices are probably the highest compared to anywhere else in Indonesia, most eateries have a very special atmosphere and work with quality ingredients, so it's well worth the price.
In the very unlikely case that you are tired of Ubud, there is lots to do on the outskirts of the city as well. To the north are the Tegalalang ride paddies, which are definitely worth a visit with their lush, green, terraced rice plantations. Group hikes can be organised here to have a closer look at the traditional rice cultivation.
To the south, there is Goa Gajah, the Elephant Cave, which is a temple inside a cave that has an elaborate elephant carving over it. Although it will probably not take you more than half an hour to visit, it will definitely offer a unique experience.
All in all, Ubud is a must for any traveler, because it is such an exceptional place that you will not be able to find anywhere else in the world. From traditional healing to spectacular temples, this place has everything to keep every age group entertained and an Ubud hostel is a great place from which to base yourself so you are in the middle of it all!
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