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Introduction

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Ubud is located in central Bali, just a good hour’s drive away from the airport. Ubud is an artistic town with an array of fine restaurants and art shops, and a popular place for expats to settle down. In Ubud, everywhere you look you'll see the green terraced rice fields, ducks balancing precariously on the rims of the paddies and local farmers being busy planting or harvesting the rice. Ubud is the green, artistic heart of Bali and in the town centre you’ll find lots of small shops with artists selling their works of art or busy working on their latest piece. Local craftsmen are hard at work sculpting Buddha statues or carving wooden masks.

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Sights and Activities

Owing to Ubud’s serene surroundings many view Ubud as a sight and activity in its own right. It’s a scenic sanctuary in the heart of mother nature. One could wonder around for many happy hours admiring the arts and crafts, enjoying the soothing views and soaking in the somewhat spiritual atmosphere.

Yet there’s more. As you venture deeper into the wonder which is Ubud you suddenly realize you are in a setting fit for a romantic movie, and indeed it was, in the Julie Robert’s starring “Eat, Pray, Love”. Deeper still you become aware and truly captivated by the enchantment of Ubud; the rivers, the forests, the temples and so much more.

  • Monkey Forest - Officially know as the “Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary” the Ubud Monkey Forest is a hit with the tourists visiting Bali island. Both foreigner tourists and national tourists alike flock to this monkey’s paradise to experience being embraced in the bosom of nature and engulfed by the whole experience. As a conservation the forest serves as a way of expressing Hindu principles, living harmoniously with nature and between what the Hindu’s believe is Supreme God. For the average tourist however it makes for a fantastic trip where you’ll experience all kinds of natural beauties and, as the name suggests, be surrounded by monkeys! Address: Nature preserve in Ubud, Indonesia · Ubud
  • Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) - If you dare, enter the mouth of of the Elephant Cave and experience relief from demons
  • Gunung Kawi (Poet Mountain) - Explore this 11th century temple carved into the Ubud mountainside.
  • Botanic Garden Ubud - Over a kilometer of beautiful botanical gardens sweep across this Ubud valley. One could lose themselves for hours truly swept up nature, bliss and harmony. Serving as a sanctuary for endangered and rare flowers and plants, you’ll be amazed by the amount of diversity there is to be experienced in such a relatively small area. Relaxed and revitalized with a calm gentle hum in the air, you can explore the gardens and even enjoy a tour by friendly native Balinese.

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Weather

Ubud has a tropical climate with hot, humid conditions. Temperatures are mostly between 30 and 32 °C during the day and nights are still well above 20 °C. The April-October period is the dry season and November-March is the rainy season, though showers are still possible during the dry season and periods of dry weather occur during the monsoon season.

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Getting There

By Car

Ubud is just under an hour from Kuta and a short drive away from Denpasar, a world away from the crowded beaches and nightlife. It's advisable to rent a car with driver to visit Ubud and surroundings areas.

By Bus

Perama Tour has buses to/from Sanur, Lovina, Kuta, Bedugul, Candidasa, and Padang Bai. When coming from Ngurah Rai International Airport you need to take a taxi to Perama's Kuta branch first, when going to the airport direct transfers exist. These are convenient and inexpensive; e.g. four times per day to the airport for Rp 50,000. Rather less conveniently, the Perama terminal is not located in the centre of Ubud, but about two km south in Padang Tegal, on Jl Hanoman just south of the intersection with Jl Monkey Forest.

You can go to the "official Tourist Information" (just in the middle of town, on the big crossroad, opposite the market at Monkey Forest Road/Jalan Raya Road) and buy your ticket there (official outlet, same price) and Perama will pick you up there, to transfer to the Perama Bus Hub out of Town.

By Bemo

There are regular public bemos from Denpasar's Batubulan terminal to Ubud which cost 8,000IDR (although foreigner rate is 50,000IDR in 2016 and hard to bargain) and take about an hour. Most bemos run in the early morning, and in the later of the day it is getting difficult to find a bemo leaving and drivers try to pursue tourist to hire entire vehicle for 200-300,000IDR, and you will not find any after 4PM. In the opposite direction, bemos depart every morning from the central market (northern entrance) in Ubud.

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Getting Around

By Car

Most local transport comes in the form of SUVs or minivans that can be hired with a driver for specific trips. Look for the circular yellow "E" logo on the windshield certifying them as Ubud Transport Association members. You can (and should) haggle a bit over the price, and pay less than for the equivalent journey in a metered taxi. A short trip should be less than Rp 20,000, and drivers will be glad to wait for you for a return fare.

Also, there are guys on motorbikes who will also offer bike rides (ojek) and are about half the price of those in a car.

By Bemo

Bemos ply the main routes in and around Ubud, and the main stop and gathering point is Ubud market at the junction of Jl Monkey Forest and Jl Raya Ubud. Most bemos stop running in the late afternoon, and are always more frequent in the morning.

By Foot

Most of central Ubud is easily navigated on foot.

By Bike

To explore the immediate surroudings, a bike or scooter is a good way to get around. Shops, agencies and hotels in central Ubud rent mountain bikes and cost around 20,000Rp per day.

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Eat

Ubud is renowned in Bali for its wide range of restaurants, and is probably second only to Seminyak in terms of the quality of the offerings. Travelers on a budget will not be short of options, as there are many simple warungs serving up the standard Indonesian staples.

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Drink

Ubud is emphatically not a party town: there are a few places for a quiet drink, but the strictly enforced local regulation that all live performances and loud music must end by 10:30pm puts a bit of a clamp on the local nightlife. More often than not, visitors have a quiet drink with their evening meal, and call it a night.

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Sleep

Ubud has a vast selection of lodging for all budgets. Many visitors prefer to stay out in nearby rural areas instead of in the town centre, ideally with views of the famous rice terraces, but this can make it a little difficult to get around.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is becoming more widely used in Indonesia, and warung Internet (warnet) - Internet cafés - are emerging everywhere. A lot of restaurants and cafés in big cities normally have wireless internet available for free. Internet connection speed in Indonesia varies between ISP and location. Prices vary considerably, and as usual you tend to get what you pay for, but you'll usually be looking at around Rp3,000 to Rp5,000 per hour with faster access than from your own mobile phone. In large cities, there are free WiFi hotspots in many shopping malls, McDonald restaurants, Starbucks cafes, 7 Eleven convenience stores, and in some restaurants and bars. Some hotels provide free hotspots in the lobby and/or in their restaurants and even in your rooms.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

You can use 112 as an emergency number through mobile phones. Other numbers include 110 (police), 113 (fire) and 118 (ambulance).
The international phone code is 62.

If you have GSM cellular phone, ask your local provider about "roaming agreement/facility" with local GSM operators in Indonesia (i.e.: PT Indosat, PT Telkomsel, PT XL Axiata). The cheapest way is buying a local SIM card, which would be much cheaper to call and especially use internet compared to your own cell phone's sim card.

The Indonesian mobile phone market is heavily competitive and prices are low: you can pick up a prepaid SIM card for less than Rp 10,000 and calls may cost as little as Rp 300 a minute to some other countries using certain carriers (subject to the usual host of restrictions). SMS (text message) service is generally very cheap, with local SMS as low as Rp129-165, and international SMS for Rp400-600. Indonesia is also the world's largest market for used phones, and basic models start from Rp 150,000, with used ones being even cheaper.

Post

Pos Indonesia provides the postal service in Indonesia. Pos Indonesia is government-owned and offers services ranging from sending letters and packages to money transfers (usually to remote areas which have no bank branch/ATM nearby) and selling postcards and stamps. Sending a postcards, letter or parcel is relatively expensive, but fairly reliable. It takes several days at least to send it within Indonesia, at least a week internationally. It is recommended to send letters from a Pos Indonesia branch, not by putting it inside orange mailbox (called Bis Surat) in the roadside, because some of the mailboxes are in very bad condition and aren't checked regularly by Pos Indonesia. Opening times of post offices usually tend to follow general business hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm (sometimes shorter hours on Fridays), Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm, closed on Sundays. Bigger cities, tourist areas and central post offices tend to keep longer hours, into the evenings.

Private postal services based in Indonesia include CV Titipan Kilat (CV TIKI), Jalur Nugraha Ekaputra (JNE), Caraka, and RPX. There are also foreign postal services that have branches in Indonesia, including DHL, TNT, UPS, and FedEx.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -8.4915888
  • Longitude: 115.2422684

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