Ubud

Travel Guide Lesser Sunda Islands Bali Ubud

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Introduction

Ubud ricepaddies

Ubud ricepaddies

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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 wander around for many happy hours admiring the arts and crafts, enjoying the soothing views and soaking in the somewhat spiritual atmosphere.

  • Monkey Forest - Officially known as the “Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary” the Ubud Monkey Forest is a hit with the tourists visiting Bali island. The forest is a 12,5 ha nature reserve sacred to the Balinese. But the monkeys are thoroughly spoiled by too much human attention. Do not bring anything in a plastic bag or they will rob you of it. Keep your handbag closed at all times, better leave it in your hotel or at the ticket counter. The monkeys have been known to steal glasses as ransom for food. If you want to feed them, bananas only, and don’t hold onto them or they may bite. Read the guidelines at the official website! If this gives you second thoughts, consider Sangeh Monkey Forest in Badung regency at only half an hour’s drive from Ubud or Pura Alas Kedaton in Tabanan regency at three quarters of an hour's drive. At these places the monkeys behave less aggressively and can be handed food. And if you happen to travel through Central Java, there also is a place near Purwokerto, where the monkeys graciously accept what you give them.
  • 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.

Museums

  • Museum Puri Lukisan - Ubud's oldest art museum, it was inaugurated in 1956. The museum's design, in three separate buildings arranged around a garden, is due to Dutch painter Rudolf Bonnet. The collection in building I comprises the best work of Bali's older generation of artists, such as I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, Ida Bagus Nyana, Anak Agung Gde Sobrat and I Gusti Made Deblog. There are also paintings by Rudolf Bonnet and by German painter Walter Spies. Building II is dedicated to the work of younger artists and building IIi is for temporary exhibitions. The museum offers workshops in various traditional Balinese arts and crafts. Address: Jalan Raya Ubud (300 metres west of the market), Hours: 9am - 6pm., Price: IDR 75, 000, children under 15 free.
  • Neka Art Museum - The Neka Art Museum was founded by Pande Wayan Suteja Neka, a Balinese teacher. Suteja Neka, whose father was a famous carver, started collecting paintings early in life. His museum opened in 1982 and constitutes a worthwhile addition to Puri Lukisan. Address: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Kedewatan village (2.5 kilometres from Ubud centre), Phone: +62 - 361- 975074, Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9am–5pm, Sunday: noon-5pm. Closed on national holydays, Price: Adults IDR 75, 000, children of 12 and under free.
  • Antonio Blanco Renaissance Museum - Antiono Blanco was a Spanish-American painter, who lived and worked in Bali from 1952 until his death in 1999. He built his house on a hilltop given to him by the ruler of Ubud, Tjokorde Gde Agung Sukawati. His sumptuous former residence is now a museum containing more than 300 of his works. Address: Campuhan, Ubud (one kilometre west of the Ubud’s royal palace)., Phone: +62 361 975502, Hours: Daily 9am to 5pm, including Sundays and public holidays., Price: Foreign IDR 100, 000; local IDR 35, 000
  • Museum Rudana - The Rudana Muesum is the brainchild of its director, Nyoman Rudana. He designed the 500 m2 building in a one hectare plot on Balinese philosophical principles. The museum houses over 400 paintings by both classical and modern Balinese painters as well as by foreign painters who worked in Bali. Address: Jalan Cok Rai Pudak #44, Peliatan (3, 5 kilometres south of Ubud market)
  • Arma Museum - Another art museum founded by private enterprise. The name Arma is an acronym for Agung Rai Museum of Art, Agung Rai being the founder. The museum has a collection of ancient paintings on tree bark, a collection of pre-war Balinese paintings, as well as works of expat painters. It is located within the grounds of a luxury resort of the same name. Address: Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud (2, 5 kilometres south of Ubud market), Phone: +62 361 975742
  • Archaeological Museum - Bali’s Archeological Museum, also known as Gedong Arca, is located in Bedulu village, six kilometres from Ubud market. In this small museum one finds stone age sarcophagi, bronze age tools and Chinese ceramics, proofs that Bali has been inhabited for many millennia. Not to be missed by those interested in prehistory. Address: Jalan Tampaksiring, Blah Batu (not far from Goa Gajah and Yeh Pulu temples), Phone: (0361) 942947, Hours: Weekends closed, Price: Free, but one should tip the voluntary guide

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Events and Festivals

  • Balinese dance - Do not leave Ubud without having witnessed at least one dance performance. There is one at most days of the week, starting after nightfall. Tickets may be obtained at the venue, or from street sellers. As long as the latter offer you a ticket with program for the price printed on it, you can trust its veracity. There are several venues, all on walking distance from the market. Always come early, to get a good seat for taking pictures. After the performance the dancers will pose for a photo opportunity, be ready! The program varies according to the venue and the group performing it.
Sanghyang Jaran Dance

Sanghyang Jaran Dance

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Here are examples of what may be on the program:
- Panyembrama, welcome dance by women
- Baris, a warrior dance by men
- Cendrawasih, mimicking a bird of paradise
- Maragapati, lion dance
- Blibis, mimicking ducks
- Joged, male and female flirting; spectators may join
- Kecak, an episode of the Ramayana epos
- Sanghyang Dedari, two virgin dancers entranced by a divine spirit
- Sanghyang Jaran or Fire dance, a male dancer disguised as a horse dances around a fire and even on the glowing coals
- Tedung Agung, umbrella dance
- Legong Supraba Duta, an episode of the Mahabarata epos
- Topeng Arsa Wijaya, dancer with a white mask
- Legong Kraton, a classical dance originally for the entertainment of the king; the arrogant king Lasem desires the unwilling princess Langke Sari
- Barong, a friendly monster coming to the rescue
- Jauk, male dancers wearing devil masks

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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.

Bubu Warung, Jl Penestanan Kelod, ✉ bubus_annasari@yahoo.co.id. 8AM-10PM daily. Healthy and delicious Balinese cuisine with plenty of choices on the menu. If you have any special requests, Ibu Made will be happy to cater for you.
Dewa Warung, Jl Goutama. 10AM-9PM daily. Dewa's is one of the better cheap places to eat in town. Serves all the usual Balinese and Indonesian dishes. Most mains Rp 24,000 - 36,000.
Ibu Oka Warung Babi Guling, Jl Suweta (around 200 m north of the Jl Raya Ubud-Jl Suweta-Monkey Forest Rd crossroads turn right into a side street and follow a small gang about 100 m ahead. There are lots of signs). 11AM-3PM daily. A Bali culinary experience. The babi guling (spit-roasted pig) here is world-famous, and this humble eating place is virtually a place of pilgrimage. The roast pork is served with rice and spiced veggies, order the special (Rp 55,000) to get a bit of everything — including offal and blood sausage. There are normal tables and chairs but you can also sit on the floor at low tables inside the bale (pavilion). From Rp 25,000. Oka, branch in Mas (on the main Teges-Sukawati road on the route between Ubud and the airport), ☏ +62 361 976345. Unlike the original, where comfort and appearance are not strong points, this outlet is a two-storey restaurant which is spotless, airy and comfortable.
Pizza Bagus, Jl. Raya Pengosekan (500 m south of the Monkey Forest Rd.), ☏ +62 361 978520. 9AM-10:30PM. Provides fresh made to order pizzas, pasta and other Italian style meals. Italian gelato and a full deli are also available. Eat-in, take-out or delivery. Organic market held every Saturday morning. Games and TV are provided to entertain children. Free wifi. Main course from Rp 22,000-50,000.
Sawah Indah Warung Ikan Bakar, Jl. Raya Goa Gajah (Peliatan), ☏ +62 361 785 8080. 9AM-10PM. Lunch or dinner with a rice field view. Fish pond. Relaxing and good for a family or group. Rp 50,000.
Sari Bamboo, Penestanan. 8AM-9PM daily. A tourist class warung, with food freshly cooked to order, set amid tropical gardens on the main road to Penestanan village. Mainly Indonesian food flavoured to suit the taste of western visitors. The warung and bungalows are easily distinguishable by the display of modern art works by the resident artist. No hard sell though, just good food in beautiful surroundings at good prices. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rp 15,000-25,000.
Warung Aja, Jl Monkey Forest (about halfway down Jl Monkey Forest, the warung is set back away from the road, on the right side if heading south towards the Monkey Forest), ☏ +62 361 973398. 9AM-10PM daily. Cosy and friendly, Warung Aja is run by a couple from Java and is a good place to sample Indonesian food from Java, such as nasi rawon, nasi kuning, and pecel. There are also the usual Balinese food items on the menu like sate lilit. Mains from Rp 20,000.
Warung Igelanca (Iggy's), Jl Raya Ubud, ☏ +62 815 8943251. 11AM-10PM daily. Cheap and cheerful Indonesian favorites like nasi campur, fried rice and noodles, plus (this being Ubud) a range of herbal drinks, such as Ginger Jive.
Dapur Bunda, Jalan Sriwedari (off Jalan Raya Ubud). Indonesian and western "buffet" style eaterie with the style and quality of a mid-range restaurant. Offers tapas-sized portions from Rp 4,000 to Rp 14,000 on saffron, brown or plain rice.
Warung Lada, Jl Hanoman. 10AM-9PM daily. Choose from the various Indonesian side dishes (nasi campur-style) that are displayed behind the counter. You can pick as many dishes as you like as you pay for each serving. A full plate is around Rp 30,000 including a fresh fruit juice. Be on time for lunch because it is usually packed. edit
Alchemy, Jl Penestanan Klod, ☏ +62 361 971981, ✉ hello@alchemybali.com. 7AM-9PM. A 100% raw vegan organic cafe & juice bar, organic health food store, and holistic clinic. Yummy breakfast bar with fruits, nuts, seeds, and raw vegan organic nutmilks and yoghurts from 07-11AM, delicious salad bar with amazing superfoods and toppings from 11AM-9PM. Alchemy´s has an Instagram account at @alchemybali. 39.000 RP - 60.000 RP.
Batan Waru, Jl Dewi Sita, ☏ +62 361 977528, ✉ info@baligoodfood.com. 8AM-midnight daily. Long established Ubud institution. Excellent Balinese and other Indonesian food as well as western options, in a well designed space. Also serves top quality coffee, and has a dessert menu which includes an especially notable version of Balinese black rice pudding (bubur injin). Indoor and outdoor seating. Most mains Rp 40,000-60,000.
Bakmie MG Ubud, Jl Raya Sanggingan (5 mins walk from Museum Neka, 8 mins walk from Naughty Nuri's Warung Ubud), ☏ +62 361 971949, fax: +62 361 971879, ✉ info@munaribali.com. 08.00 AM - 10.00 PM daily. Comfortable Balinese modern design for breakfast, lunch and dining at Ubud area, free wifi. Specialty in noodles and Asian food, you may taste the various food menu offered, such as Bakmie Special, Bakmie Hot Plate, Bebek (Duck), and Ayam (Chicken) Cha Siew in affordable price. from IDR 20.000 to 200.000.
Clear Cafe, 8 Jalan Hanoman, ☏ +62 361 8894437. An organic cafe with a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and raw food-friendly selections. Free Wi-Fi. Try free samples from their bakery at the front of the restaurant! Mains about Rp 25,000-70,000.
Cafe des Artistes (Jl Bisma), ☏ +62 361 972706. 11AM-midnight daily. This Belgian-owned eatery serves Indonesian dishes as well as a vast array of international classics. Famous for their grilled tenderloin steaks. Extensive winelist, cocktails, Belgian beers and homemade desserts. Free wifi from 11AM-6PM. To make sure you get a table for dinner, call ahead. About Rp 50,000 per head.
Casa Luna, Jl Raya Ubud, ☏ +62 361 973282. 8AM-10PM daily. Large, long-established restaurant serving western and local dishes, and plenty that fall somewhere in between. Mains about Rp 30,000-50,000.
China Moon, 8 Jl Monkey Forest (at the corner of Jl Hanoman and Jl Monkey Forest), ☏ +62 361 981492. 7AM-2PM daily. While China Moon is not packed during lunch and dinner time, it does have some of the better Chinese cuisine available in Ubud. The owner of the restaurant comes from Taiwan and is really passionate about cooking and helping customers. Unsurprisingly, Taiwanese food is the big thing here, so you might want to try the mushroom pork soup or any other stews and soups Taiwanese cuisine has to offer. Food from other regions of China is also served, as well as typical Balinese dishes (or a fusion of both). De Ubud Villas & Spa is from the same owner at the backside. Mains Rp 30,000-50,000.
Havana, Jl Dewi Sita (right next to Tutmak after you cross the football field.). Very tasty Cuban food. Excellent paella and chorizo meatballs. There is also a good Latino band which plays there most evenings accompanied by local salsa dancers. Overall good fun. Mains about Rp 25,000-50,000.
Murni's Warung, Jl Raya Campuan-Ubud (at the Campuan Bridge), ☏ +62 361 975233, fax: +62 361 972146, ✉ murni@murnis.com. 9AM-11PM daily. Excellent western and Balinese food in a stunning, gorge setting. Elegant lounge bar. Historic, being the 1st real restaurant in Ubud founded by Murni herself in 1974. Also a shop with interesting collectibles and the odd real antique. Mains Rp 20,000-70,000.
Naughty Nuri's Warung and Grill, Jl Raya Sangiggan (opposite the Neka Art Museum half way up the hill heading north out of Ubud), ☏ +62 361 977547. 10AM-11PM daily. Crowded roadside watering hole. Microbrews, great martinis and slabs of BBQ ribs. This is very much a standard stop for Korean or Japanese tour buses. Once a week they do amazing grilled tuna. Careful that the waitresses do not stick other peoples drinks on your bill. A few times a year they have parties where drinks are US$10 for as much beer as you can handle, for example during USA elections and the Superbowl. Mains Rp 20,000-70,000.
Nomad, Jl Raya Ubud 35, ☏ +62 361 977169. 11AM-11PM daily. A long-standing institution that serves up a good selection of Balinese, Indonesian, and western dishes, but deservedly popular is their version of a tapas selection, consisting of bite-sized portions of local flavors. 12 pieces of tapas served with rice costs Rp 90,000 and feeds two. Also serves a wide range of cocktails and spirits.
Taco Casa 'n Grill (Mexican Restaurant), Jl Raya Pengosekan (next to Alana's California Dreaming), ☏ +62 361 2123818, ✉ info@tacocasabali.com. 11AM-10PM daily. Open kitchen, simple and fresh tacos (soft and crispy), nachos, 8-layer burrito, fajitas, cheesy enchiladas, quesadillas and taco salad bowl. Fresh blended tropical fruit juices or lassies, milkshakes, freshly prepared lemonade, pure juices, mineral water, hot drink, margarita, mojito, sangria and soft drinks. Mains Rp 22,000-45,000.
Tutmak, Jl Dewi Sita (next to the football field), ☏ +62 361 975754. 8AM-11PM daily. A favorite with the expat crowd, Tutmak offers an international menu, but is especially famous for its superb coffee made from local arabica fresh roasted daily by the owners. Mains about Rp 25,000-50,000.
Uma Resto, Jalan Monkey Forest (Few metres from Sacred Monkey Forest), ☏ +62 361 4792 766, ✉ umaresto@anumanaubud.com. 07:00 22:00. Provides an Asian (Balinese, Indonesian, Thai) and Western cuisine, and various of beverages; cocktail, mocktail, coffee or tea. Free wifi.
Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner), Jl Hanoman, Padang Tegal, ☏ +62 361 975489, ✉ ubud@bebekbengil.co.id. 11AM-10PM daily. An interesting restaurant with paddy field views and nice gardens. Famous for their crispy fried duck and some European-based menu items. They have a good selection of cakes as well. Free wifi in the area closest to the street. About Rp 100,000 per head.
Cascades Restaurant, Jl Lanyahan, Br Nagi, ☏ +62 361 972111, fax: +62 361 970777, ✉ resv@cascadesbali.com. A fine dining restaurant with French inspired menus mixed with Asian influences. Good views and hushed atmosphere. Has a large wine list.
Mozaic, Jl Raya Sanggingan, ☏ +62 361 975768. 11AM-11PM daily. The brainchild of chef Chris Salans, this is one of the leading restaurants in the whole of Bali, and one which will please even the most jaded of foodies. Multi-award winning, including the coveted Les Grandes Tables du Monde award (the only restaurant in Bali ever to achieve that). Western prices, but worth it as a special treat. Try the degustation menu.

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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.

Ary's Warung, Jl Raya Ubud 35 (opposite Puri Saraswati), ☏ +62 361 975959. 10:30AM-10PM daily. Don't be fooled by the name, this is a stylish watering hole with a large bar downstairs, complete with sofas and cow-leather bar stools, and a rather less busy restaurant upstairs. Drinks are expensive but generously sized.
The Melting Pot Game Room and Pub, Jl. Pengosekan (across from The Pond restaurant and behind Delta Dewata), ☏ +62 815 7689113. 11AM till last man out. Pool hall and games room with full bar. Every nation is represented with a flag and customers are encouraged to sign their country’s flag. Food, music, table tennis, darts, foosball, video games, pool tables and general atmosphere make it a place where locals, expats and tourists often congregate. 8 Ball tournament every Tuesday night and 10 ball tournament on Fridays are open to all.
Rendezvousdoux, Jl Raya Ubud 14, ☏ +62 361 7470163. 10AM-11PM daily. On Thursday evenings there is often a jam session with local expat musos trying their hand at various forms of ethnic music. Otherwise it is a generally quiet cafe.

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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. Ubud has many homestays which are the cheapest form of lodging, a good way to meet the locals, and the natural replacement for hostels on the backpacker circuit. If you want to stay in town, the area around Jl Monkey Forest is generally the most expensive little more expensive (from Rp 80,000-100,000 per night). If you want cheaper prices try the areas around Jl Hanoman, north of Jl Raya Ubud and further out in Peliatan. In the low season especially, bargains can be had by those willing to bargain. Jn Kajeng, close to the centre, is a peaceful, mostly pedestrianised street with many small budget to mid-range homestays - those on the west side have views at the rear towards the river, waterfall or nearby rice fields.

Dewi Antara Homestay, Jl Sugriwa, Padang Tegal, ☏ +62 361 976072, ✉ dewi.antara.ubud@gmail.com. A humble Balinese family homestay. Quiet and clean bungalows in a garden setting. The father participates in cultural activities (he's a dancer), so it's fun to watch him in traditional dress. Mum prepares the breakfast of toast, fruit salad and coffee. From Rp 250,000.
Family Guest House, Jl Sukma 39, Tebesaya, ☏ +62 361 974054, ✉ familyhouse@hotmail.co.id. Friendly Hindu family makes you feel right at home. Rooms are placed in a lovely compound and includes a good breakfast. Rp 200,000-250,000.
Gustis Garden Bungalows, Jl Kajeng No 27, ☏ +62 361 3610840. Balinese style with 25 m sq, private balcony, private bathroom. hot and cold water, king size bed, clothing cabinet, dressing table, ceiling fan, wash basin and standing shower. From about Rp 275,000.
Jati Home Stay, Jl Hanoman, Padang Tegal, ☏ +62 361 977701. Rooms using natural, traditional materials of bamboo, marble and thatched roofs. An atmosphere of art and culture, all members of Jati's family are traditional Balinese artists. Learn Balinese painting and watch a group of children practice Balinese dancing. From about Rp 100,000.
Ketut and Geks House, Jl Raya Bono, Bona Kelod, Blahbatuh, Gianyar (13 km southeast of Ubud), ☏ +62 361 945833, +62 85792529536, ✉ ketutsura@yahoo.com. Rooms with private bathroom with cold and hot shower, overlooking rice fields. free WIFI From Rp 80,000 inc breakfast.
Melati Cottages, Jl Penestanan, ☏ +62 361 974650, ✉ melaticottages@hotmail.com. Traditional style rooms set around a cafe by a pool. You can walk in from north or south. From about Rp 220,000.
Narasoma Homestay, Gang Beji off Jl Monkey Forest, ☏ +62 361 973404. Down a little lane off busy Jl Monkey Forest. Family home with accommodation. Balinese compound setting with traditional carved buildings, surrounded by coconut palms. Top floor has views of the central mountains and Mount Agung. Clean and airy, and breakfast is included. Rp 200,000-250,000.
Nyoman Murjana Homestay, Jl Hanoman, Gang Anila No 7 (down the alley opposite Jl Jembawan), ☏ +6285 936116 712, ✉ nyomanmurjana2005@yahoo.com. Check-out: 11AM. Clean, nicely furnished rooms in a traditional Balinese family compound. A breakfast is included with egg, toast, veggies, fresh fruit, coffee and tea, also has WiFi. The family can help with information, bicycle and motorbike rental. Double with hot shower from Rp 200,000.
Rumah Roda Homestay and Restaurant (Jl Kajeng 24), ☏ +62 361 975487. Lovely family compound with rooms. The restaurant has a Sunday evening buffet. The book A Little Bit One O'Clock is about this place and family. About Rp 150,000.
Shana Homestay, Jl Goutama No7, Padang Tegal (very close to the traditional & art market and Nomad restaurant), ☏ +62 361 97481. 3 bungalows in garden setting, each with 2 beds, breakfast included. Rp 100,000.
Raka's House, Jl. Dewi Sita, Maruti Line. Quiet family homestay, bungalows with and without AC, free wifi, small pool. From 180,000 Rp.
The Onion Collective (Delicious Onion), Jalan Raya Pengosekan (100 meter south of Perama bus station), ✉ connect@theonionco.com. Eat, live, work, play, connect. A collaborative community living space. Several unique cozy rooms, dorms, and a co-working space. Geek-powered wifi. Several comfortable places to hang out, inside and outside. Very friendly host and staff. Menu has only a small selection, but very tasty (burgers, dragon bowl, salads). Close to Perama bus station, Yoga Barn, Hubud, Monkey Forest.
Ayuk Guest House, Jl. Gootama No. 26 (Walk up the stairs from street level and follow the path towards the back of the temple compound.), ☏ +62 815 5844 2662, ✉ ayukguesthouse@gmail.com. Sweet Balinese family run guest house centrally located, with three spacious double rooms; fans, Wi-Fi, full breakfast (pancakes or omelettes plus fruit and coffee/tea) cooked by Ayu. Nyoman, the husband, is also a driver, and they'll go out of their way to assist you with transport or needs. Rates are $20 USD for one person, $30 for two. $20-$30.
Sunarta Haouse (Sunarta), Jl. Suweta N° 19 80571 Gianyar (from the center go almost 300mt to jalan Suweta at left side), ☏ +62 361-974159, ✉ Sunartahomestay19@yahoo.co.id. Nice and comfortable, Apr 2018 - 200.000Rp double room no hot water bathroom inside, nice breakfast - 250.000Rp for double fan room with hot water (not Always work) bathroom inside, nice breakfast included.
Anom Cottages, Jl Raya Sanggingan (about 25 min walk south of the Monkey Forest Road-Jl Raya Ubud crossroads), ☏ +62 361 8528521, ✉ info@anomcottagesubud.com. Small bungalows with lovely views over the adjacent valley. 3 min from the town centre. Recently re-furbished. From Rp 450,000.
Bucu View Bungalow, Jl Bisma, ☏ +62 361 972513. 8 bedrooms, all tastefully furnished. From IDRD 400.000.
Dewa Bungalows, Jalan Hanuman 48, Padangtegal, ☏ +62 361 973 345, ✉ dewabungalows@hotmail.com. Family compound close to the center of town. Family-run and gracious, it has nice little slate pool perfect for a dip in the heat of the day. There is free access to WiFi as well as a restaurant. From Rp350000.
Dewa Bharata Bungalows, Jln Panestanan (Few metres from Blanco Museum), ☏ +62 361 977086, ✉ sales@dewabharataubud.com. Balinese-style accommodation, double bed, twin bed, public pool, direct IDD phone, TV, free Wi-Fi, airport transport, motorbike rental, breakfast, restaurant. Rp 270,000-450,000.
De Munut Cottages (Munut Bungalows), Jln Panestanan (adjacent of famous Blanco Museum), ☏ +62 361 975039, ✉ info@munutbungalows.com. Traditional Balinese architecture with spa, public swimming pool, internet services, free Wi-Fi, deluxe room, super deluxe room.
Bali T House Village, Lodtunduh, ☏ +62 812 3932000. 1, 2 and 3 bedroom private villas in a traditional rice farming and carving village 5 min from central Ubud. Daily maid and breakfast service included. Shared pool with rice-field views. This is an environmentally friendly and ecologically sustainable compound and part of a Balinese village. Rp 500,000-600,000, including breakfast.
Inata Monkey Forest, Jl. Monkey Forest (In the centre), ☏ +62 361 978267, ✉ info@inatahotelubud.com. from USD 70.
Jiwa Damai Bali Retreat, Jl Melati 3, Mambal (about 15 minutes with car from central Ubud), ☏ +62 361 8988384, ✉ info@jiwadamai.net. Organic (permaculture) garden and retreat centre in small village close to Ubud. 6 modern minimalist styled rooms with king size, queen size or two twin bed and three garden lumbungs. Spacious open air lounge and dining area, fresh water pool, organic fruit and vegetables used to prepare meals. Yoga and meditation classes for guests. Facilities available for seminars and retreats. From US$60.
Munari Resort and Spa Ubud, Jalan Raya Sanggingan (5 mins walking distance from Museum Neka, 8 mins walk from Naughty Nuri's Warung Ubud), ☏ +62 361 971949, fax: +62 361 971879, ✉ info@munaribali.com. Check-in: 14.00 PM, check-out: 12.00 AM (noon). 5-10 mins by car to Ubud center, Free Wifi in room, option of twin and double bed, room full AC, swimming pool, free bicycle to use based on request, Bakmie MG Restaurant specialty in noodles. All rooms with balcony overlooking nice garden, swimming pool. 2nd floor room can enjoy the beauty of ricefield next to Munari. Rp 550,000-1.200,000, including breakfast..
Oka Kartini, Jl Raya Ubud 35 (just across the bridge in Peliatan, east of Ubud town centre), ☏ +62 361 975759. Quirky old Balinese house complex on the edge of town. The rooms here are a bit long in the tooth, but decorated with more carvings and gold paint than the average temple. Friendly staff supervised by the owner Oka Kartini. Large art gallery, a small but pleasant garden pool. Shadow puppet shows 3 days a week (extra charge). Rp 340,000-511,000, including breakfast.
Puri Asri Villa & Spa, Jl Nyuh Bulan, Nyuh Kuning, ☏ +62 361 972550. In a very quiet spot south of town. Offer a couple of scheduled shuttle rides to Jl Monkey Forest and back each day. Walking distance from town via the Monkey Forest. Villas have spacious rooms, A/C, bath and shower (including outdoor showers), patio. Breakfast delivered to room if you choose. Take cash as their credit card facilities don't always work. Rp 500,000 including breakfast.
Puri Padi, Jl Hanoman, Padang Tegal (5 min walk southeast of the Monkey Forest), ☏ +62 361 8528521, ✉ info@puripadiubud.com. A Balinese style hotel in green gardens surrounded by rice fields. From Rp 450,000.
Puri Saraswati Bungalows, Main Rd. Puri Saraswati is located in the centre of Ubud Village. Rooms are set back from the road and quiet and there's a pool and WiFi. Airport transfers are available. US$70 including tax and breakfast.
Sania's house, Jalan Karna No. 7 (At the Ubud Market walk South it's on your left), ☏ +62 361975535, ✉ sania_house@yahoo.com. Beautiful place with clean rooms, swimming pool. Wi-Fi and breakfast included. From Rp 250,000.
Sri Bungalows, Jl Monkey Forest, ☏ +62 361 8528521. Centrally located with 16 bungalow-style rooms in lush gardens. 50 m from the busy road, but very quiet except for the singing of birds. Simple but pleasant rooms with bamboo furniture, western toilets and hot water. Large pool with rice paddies beyond. Internet cafe on the premises. From US$57.
Sri Ratih Cottages, Jl Penestanan, Campuhan, ☏ +62 361 8528521. 30 rooms, just west of the town centre. Large peaceful garden, good-sized pool, free wifi for guests, 24 hr room service. Long staying guests may find good value here. From US$30.
Suastika Bed and Breakfast, Jl Suweta 52, ☏ +62 361 9080143. Suastika is a Hindu symbol of peace. The rooms overlook family temples and beautiful jungle gardens, they all include a kitchen, large bathtub, shower and large huge bed. Breakfast is included with Bali coffee, pancakes, fruit all served on your private porch. Rp 250,000-400,000, breakfast and tax included, price negotiable if you stay for one week.
Taman Indrakila, Jl Raya Sanggingan, ☏ +62 361 975017. Boutique hotel high above the Campuhan River Valley in Sangginan. All rooms have a private terrace. From about Rp 500,000.
Ubud Terrace Bungalows, Jl Monkey Forest (about 10 minutes walk south of the Monkey Forest Road-Jl Raya Ubud crossroads), ☏ +62 813 37536464, ✉ info@ubudterracebungalows.com. Refurbished in 2008. Breakfast included, swimming pool, friendly staff. Tour and shuttle buses booking service. From US$30.00.
Uma Sari Cottages, Jl Bisma (located at the edge of rice fields, a 5 mins walk to Ubud town centre), ☏ +62 361 981538. Balinese style thatch, wood and bamboo cottages surrounded by rice fields.
Hibiscus Cottages, Off Jl Bisma (From Cafe Des Artistes, walk slightly further down the road and look for a huge signage on the right - follow the narrow pathway into the edge of rice fields), ☏ +62 361 970475, ✉ hibiscuscottages@hotmail.com. Family-run, includes breakfast served on your patio. 7 Balinese style concrete cottages surrounded by rice fields. 2 A/C rooms are more expensive but newly built in late 2010. Views from the 2nd storey cottages. Booking by phone is recommended. From Rp 250,000 and up.
Villa Indah, Jl Suweta, Br Sakti (2 km north from the tourist information centre), ☏ +62 813 37255277, ✉ k_suyasa71@yahoo.com. Breakfast included. Friendly Balinese family. 2 rooms and one suite, all have terrace and bathroom with hot water and tub. Stone villa in the middle of the rice fields. Self service kitchen. Motorbike for rent. From US$35.
Villa JJ & Spa Ubud, Jl Tirta Tawar, Junjungan, Ubud 80571 Indonesia, ☏ +62 361 4792264, ✉ info@villajjubud.com. 4-stars villa. Breakfast included. Pet-friendly accommodation. Has sun terrace and 3 outdoor swimming pools. Surrounding by paddy fields. Far from the crowd, Ubud Palace is more than 4 kilometers away and Ubud Monkey Forest is 6 kilometers away. From US$36 for One-Bedroom Joglo Villa, one kid up to 2 years old is free.
Pondok Pundi Village Inn, Jl Monkey Forest, ☏ +62 361 977119, ✉ info@pondokpundivillagebali.com. 11 guest rooms, each including mini bar, shower, bathrobes, refrigerator located in the central Ubud from US$ 75.
Taman Harum Cottages, Jalan Raya Mas, ☏ +62 361975567, ✉ info@tamanharumcottagesbali.com. Consists of 17 lovely rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool with a view of rice paddies, yoga/meditation room. Offers aerobic class, woodcarving studio & workshops. USD 40.
Murni's Houses and Tamarind Spa, Jalan Raya (5 minutes walk from the town center), ☏ +62 361 975165, ✉ murni@murnis.com. Very comfortable, quiet accommodation, excellent spa and meals can be delivered from Murni's Warung restaurant. Breakfast included. Architecturally impressive. All rooms have verandahs and are fly-screened. Pick ups and drops at the airport or anywhere else can be arranged. Tours, classes and activities can also be arranged. Free Wifi. www.murnis.com. From about US$60.
Bali Dream Resort Ubud, Jalan Penestanan Kelod, ☏ +62 361 971755. cozy accommodations with an outdoor swimming pool, an on-site restaurant and free Wi-Fi access in all areas of the property. Located in Penestanan Ubud area, a five minute drive from Ubud Centre and a five minute walk from the Antonio Blanco Museum. IDR 700.000.
Taman Rahasia (Secret Garden), Penestanan, ☏ +62 361 979395, ✉ info@balisecretgarden.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 12 noon. 8 room boutique hotel with a lush tropical garden in quiet part of Penestanan. Spa, restaurant and good-sized pool. Free WiFi & free shuttle bus service to Ubud town centre. Does not accept families with children under 7 yr. From US$95.
Amandari, Jl Raya Kedewatan, Sayan, ☏ +62 361 975333, ✉ amandari@amanresorts.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. This was the first Aman hotel in Bali built 20 yrs ago. It is getting a little bit tired but is still most impressive. Good views, tennis court, spa, restaurant. A luxury resort with no TVs. From US$750.
Amori Villa, Banjar Dukuh, Pejeng Kawan, ☏ +62 361 8987799. Check-in: 1PM, check-out: 12 noon. A boutique retreat 3 km from Ubud overlooking Petanu River Valley. Opened in June 2009. Butler service, good food and wine. 5 private suites/villas, all with indoor/outdoor bathrooms, satelliteTV, king beds, free broadband internet access. Shared facilities include a 14 m infinity pool, bale and jacuzzi. From US$215.
Barong Resort and Spa, Jl. Monkey Forest, ☏ +62 361 971 759. A/C rooms equipped with cableTV, mini-bar with lunch table, and coffee/tea maker.Outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, airport and city transfers, and currency exchange. From US$167.00.
Como Shambhala Estate (formerly Begawan Giri Estate), Payangan, ☏ +62 361 978 888. This is one of Bali's most expensive places to stay, and more a collection of super homes than a mere hotel. 20 min north of Ubud, close to the village of Payangan. US$300-4,000.
Four Seasons Resort at Sayan, Jl Raya Kedewatan, Sayan, ☏ +62 361 701010. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. One of Bali's truly great hotels, over-looking the Sayan gorge. Suites in the main building, individual villas down by the river. Restaurant and in-house spa facilities. Free shuttle bus to Ubud town centre. From US$460.
Komaneka at Bisma, Jl Bisma, ☏ +62 361 971933. Check-in: 1PM, check-out: 11AM. Short distance from the town. Built on a steep hillside with an infinity edge pool and surrounded by terraced rice paddies with a river rushing below. Central hotel block has spacious, tastefully decorated suites, private villas, a wedding chapel and separate spa huts. Komaneka also has two other properties in Ubud, the central and slightly older Monkey Forest and the newer but rather remote Tanggayuda. From US$275.
Maya Ubud, Jl Gunung Sari, Peliatan (about ten minutes east of Ubud town centre), ☏ +62 361 977888. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. 10 hectares of land with fine villas, excellent spa and a good restaurant. Architecturally impressive resort with two free form swimming pools. Free shuttle to centre of Ubud. From about US$220.
Natura Villa Resort and Spa, Br Laplapan (about 15 minutes east from Ubud Centre), ☏ +62 361 978666, fax: +62 361 978222, ✉ info@naturaresortbali.com. Overlooking Petanu River.
Naya Ubud, Jalan Kedewatan 2, Sayan, Br Kutuh (about five minutes west of Ubud town centre), ✉ reservations@nayaubud.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 12PM. Set within Balinese rice fields, three traditional structures (a Lumbumg, Gladak, and Joglo) house the 5 bedrooms in this boutique luxury resort, surrounded by tropical gardens and an infinity pool. From about US$120.
Pertiwi Resort and Spa, Monkey Forest St, ☏ +62 361 975236. Combining traditional Balinese design with modern touches. Alang-alang (thatched) roof, bamboo ceiling, long glass windows. A/C, cableTV, mini-bar, coffee/tea maker. Swimming pools, free wifi access, and a Spa. From US$85.
Pita Maha Resort and Spa, Jl Raya Sangginan, ☏ +62 361 974330. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. Hill-side resort with 24 villas. Good restaurant, high quality spa and lovely pool with views. From US$390.
The Purist Villas & Spa, Jl. Tirta Tawar, Banjar Kutuh Kaja, ☏ +62 361 974454, ✉ info@thepuristvillas.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. 14-villa boutique resort in the Ubud jungle, close to the Ubud Botanic Garden. US$200-450.
Santi Mandala Villa and Spa, Banjar Bucuan, Batuan (about ten minutes drive south of Ubud), ☏ +62 361 297800. Located on the southern outskirts of Ubud. Spa centre, poolside sunken bar and large private villas. From US$150.
Ubud Hanging Gardens, Desa Buahan, ☏ +62 361 982700. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. On steep terraces overlooking the Ayung river and an ancient temple. 38 luxury villas, each with a heated private swimming pool. Villas with panoramic views of the valley, or riverside villas in the privacy of the gorge. Spa and innovative restaurant. From US$400.
The Viceroy Bali, Jl Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Laplapan (In the Lembah valley between Ubud and Tampaksiring), ☏ +62 361 971777, ✉ enquires@theviceroybali.com. Check-in: 1PM, check-out: 11AM. Boutique hotel with four different grades of villa. Pristine valley setting, views from all the villas. In-house spa, good restaurant, shuttle buses into Ubud. A member of Small Leading Hotels of the World. From US$450.
Wakanamya Resort and Spa, Penestanan, ☏ +62 361 975719, ✉ info@wakanamya.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Resort in the "painters' village" of Penestanan, built in traditional Balinese style. From US$150.
Wapa Di Ume Resort & Spa, Jl. Suweta, Banjar Bentuyung, ☏ +62 361 973178, ✉ info@wapadiume.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. Rural rice field setting 10 min north of Ubud town centre. Well maintained established resort. Good spa services and restaurant, and regular free shuttle buses into Ubud. From US$225.
Villa Sabandari, Jl Pura Gunung Sari 4, Peliatan, ☏ +62 361 976586, ✉ info@sabandari.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. A six room boutique hotel in the rice fields. Walking distance from the centre of Ubud. US$200-250.
Agung Khalia Villa, Banjar Sala, Pejeng, ☏ +62 812 3983940, ✉ info@agungkhalia.com. Private villas from studio to three bedroom and six bedroom. Panoramic rice field and Mount Agung views. Each villa has its own private pool, staff and full service. Only 10 min east from central Ubud in the same valley as the Maya Ubud resort, and close to Goa Gajah. From US$185.
De Ubud Villas & Spa, Jl Monkey Forest No.8, ☏ +62 361 981492. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. 3 private pool villas located in central Ubud. Choice of 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom villas. From US$260.
Kajane Mua Private Villa and Mansion, Jl Monkey Forest, 80571, ☏ +62 361 972877, ✉ info@kajane.com. Private villas, each with its own private pool. Breakfast and afternoon tea is included in room price and can be brought to the villa each morning or taken at the Kajane Resto. Kajane Resto provides a large selection for each meal and drinks, and room service is available until 11PM at no extra charge. A driver and clean van are provided for free transport around the Ubud area and at low cost to other areas of interest in Bali. For an extra charge, a spa is available on the premises, with panoramic views of private Kajane rice fields. Friendly staff, 15 min walk to Sacred Monkey Forest or Ubud Market and Water Palace. From US$190.
Kayumanis Ubud Private Villa & Spa, Sayan Village, ☏ +62 361 972 777, ✉ experience@kayumanis.com. 23 contemporary villas with private pool, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen and 24-hours butler service.
Villa di Abing, Jl Jembawan, ☏ +62 813 38083508. 3 storey, 3 bedroom, fully staffed villa, in central Ubud. Riverside pool, natural green views and within easy walking distance of Ubud town centre. From US$175.
Jendela di Bali, Ubud, Petak Kaja, Gianyar, ☏ +62 361 953 663. Check-in: 2pm, check-out: 10am. This private villa in the hills near Ubud is like a 'village' of unique living spaces. A collection of handcrafted bales represent traditional Balinese and Indonesian Archipelago styles, creating a very authentic cultural experience. Facilities include a wet-edge infinity pool, media and meditation bale, lounge bale and two bedroom bales 'The White Elephant' and 'The Kingfisher'. The villa accommodates up to four and guests have the entire villa for their exclusive use with staff to cook and clean. From $190.
Ubud RAYA Villas Resort and Hotel, Jalan Raya Sayan, Br. Sindu.Sayan Ubud - Bali - Indonesia, ☏ +62 361 8987387, ✉ info@ubudrayaresort.com. Ubud RAYA Private Villas Resort and Hotel rooms offer you two types of accommodations. The Ubud Raya Resort Villa is a complex consisting of 18 units of private villas: 11 1-bedroom villas, 5 units of 2-bedroom villas and 2 units of 3-bedroom villas. The Ubud RAYA Resort Hotel offers 23 rooms, 18 of which are Deluxe Room and 5 for family rooms or a group of friends. From US$40 to US$100.

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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

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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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