Ubud is considered as the islands ‘cultural heart’. There are hundreds of shops selling antiques, woodcarvings, crafts, textiles, paintings and jewelry as well as some of the best art museums in the country, dozens of art studios, an excellent local craft market and galleries. Ubud also propose a wealth of dining venues, from traditional village roadside stalls selling local fare to modern fine dining restaurants.
Ubud Monkey Forest is one of Ubud’s most popular attractions; a natural forest sanctuary that is home to a horde of grey long-tailed macaques. The forest is conveniently positioned near Ubud Town Centre, and within easy walking distance from guesthouses and resorts around. Besides watching playful monkeys in their natural habitat, swinging through canopies, lazing along pathways or feeding on bananas, the site offers cool walks along paved pathways through a leafy nutmeg forest.
Ubud Royal Palace is one of the most prominent places in the town. It is the official residence of the King and royal family of Ubud. Royal Palace is an artistic cultural life center. Every day in the late afternoon you can see Balinese traditional Barong dance, depicting the eternal battle of good and evil, in the big hall of Royal Palace.
Udud Art Market is located opposite the Royal Ubud Palace and is open daily. Here you can find many beautiful and skillfully made handcrafted goods and different souvenirs. Prices vary, depending on your bargaining skills. Haggling is expected and indeed encouraged as part of the fun of shopping, but do so politely and with a smile. It is often helpful to decide upon the most you want to pay for an item before you start bargaining.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud is famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies involving the traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system. It has an outlook that spreads down before you and away to the rice terraces on the slopes across the valley. The high roadside location is cool and breezy and it is a well-known spot for tourists to stop and take photos.
Kopi Luwak Plantation – the most expensive coffee in the world, kopi luwak, is grown and processed in Bali. Kopi translates to coffee and the word luwak meansAsian palm civet; a cat like animal that is native to South East Asia and Africa. Yes, we’re talking about “that coffee”, where the beans used have travelled through this creature’s intestine and have fermented in its digestive tract, staying intact the whole way through-all to improve the flavour! A cup of kopi luwak can sell for over $25 in western countries but in Bali can be bought for $3-5.
Kintamani, Volcano and Lake Batur. Kintamani is a village located about 50 km from Denpasar Town or about 2 hours by car. It is among the most favorite tourist destinations in Bali with the active volcano of mount Batur and beautiful lake, which is the biggest one in Bali. It is surrounded by the captivating nature and six ancient villages with unique culture, houses and lifestyle. It is a famous tourist place because Kintamani area owns the beautiful panorama and it is encircled by the cold atmosphere. It is possible to climb the impressive volcano with local guide early in the morning to welcome the new day with the sunrise.
North Bali and Lovina – it is a combination of smaller beaches spanning several local villages. The place is famous for its serene volcano-sand shores and dolphins playing in the ocean, but also with rows of cafés and trendy seafood restaurants.