The cultural heart of Bali, and any other kind of heart seeing as it’s pretty much in the middle of the island.
You’ve got monkeys in Monkey Forest which is definitely worth a visit – careful not to have any food in your bag.
If you don’t like monkeys, don’t go there. And if you don’t like forests, you’ve hit a double whammy. Sit and drink beer instead. Perhaps in a place like this:
After your beer, you might want to take in the evening Legong dance show.
You can buy a ticket at the entrance opposite the market. There are several touts selling tickets around the town, up to you if you want to buy from them.
You get a programme which takes you through the different dances so you’ve got some idea of what’s going on.
Some of the dancers look a little creepy with contorted faces, staring eyes and masks.
A day or two spent biking or walking around the rice paddies is a must. Watch out for guys with machetes though.
You’ll probably see Balinese offerings like this scattered around (I spy a packet of biscuits – thoughtful).
And you can sit and watch locals play football and other games on the ‘village green’.
There’s a bustling market near the green. I found the prices to be cheaper near closing time. It’s a great place to buy some souvenirs.
Ubud is one of those places you could while away a lot of time. It’s not a big town but even then it wasn’t bustin’ at the seams with people. The food was good and the ambiance (I love that word and have to say it with a forced, French-esque accent) peacful.
There’s a good range of accommodation in and around the town. I stayed in a lovely homestay west of the town and came back to find tea and cake waiting on my balcony table after a hard day’s sightseeing – bonus points (will find the name and add).
When visited: May/June
Weather: warm and sunny