This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ubud. To help you make friends with Ubud before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
On the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia, one of the most friendly, stunning, and calming locations is the town of Bali Ubud, Indonesia. Ubud is located in Central Bali, putting a significant amount of distance between it and the beach party scene that envelopes Kuta, and to a lesser extent, Canggu. Ubud is widely regarded as one of the most prominent cultural centers in Bali, due in large part to its wonderfully unique architecture and tranquil surroundings. There are a growing number of Bali Ubud, Indonesia hostels and homestays, making it easy for visitors to find accommodation for the duration of their stay at an affordable cost. The hostels in Bali Ubud, Indonesia, are all strategically situated, allowing travelers to pick the location that best suits the purpose of their visit.
There is a much more spiritual and peaceful vibe that exists in Ubud as opposed to many other parts of Bali, making it a sanctuary for Yoga enthusiasts, artists, spiritual souls, and just your everyday backpackers. As in the rest of Bali, the best way to get around in Ubud is by scooter or motorbike, as it provides you with the freedom and convenience of being able to go wherever you desire, when you desire. There are numerous bike rental shops in the town so pricing them out and getting the best deal is paramount if you're on a budget. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Ubud is the magical Sacred Monkey Forest; there are also some other lesser-known things you must try during your stay. At the top of this list is visiting an art gallery, the Ubud Palace, temples, and markets -- all of which enrich your perspective on the beautiful area and culture by which you are surrounded.
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, look for a hostel in Ubud! 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 (ask at your hostel for more info).
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!
Written by local enthusiast for Ubud hostelsJudyM