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Best Time: July to September Read More

Ideal duration: 2-3 days

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"Artists' Village"

Ubud Tourism

Ubud is a central town in Bali and is completely opposite of what you think of when you hear the word 'Bali'. It is a quaint, little town of artists and is regarded as the arts and craft hub with all the the galleries and artists' workshops in the town and nearby villages. There is a lot of culture and history to be seen in the surroundings. The architecture of the town also adds value to it._

Ubud can perhaps be described as a place where things work in their own pace. It is also one of those places which require you to spend a considerable amount of time there to let it grow on you. It is far from the fast paced lives of the cities and is still home to _terraced rice fields along the rivers. It is a town dripping with culture and art. Artisans' workshops and galleries add to the unique charm of this unique sounding place. There are many budget accomodations avalilable around the town which makes it even more laid back. While Ubud might seem like a small town, it is actually a cluster of fourteen villages, each run by its own banjar (village committee)._

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Ubud Customs

While there is no dress code in particular, it is advisable to carry cool and comfortable clothes along with you because of the tropical temperature which can be a problem for some people. Also, if you plan to enter temples, make sure that you are not dressed in any revealing clothes since temple codes need to be maintained. Ubuds dress code is more conservative than that of beach resort areas. Some Ubud visitors adopt the Sarong. As far as etiquettes are concerned, always give and receive things with the right hand, never left. Avoid pointing with the index finger, especially at a person: this gesture may be taken as a physical challenge. If you must point something, only use the thumb of your right hand. To be very polite, do so while cupping your right elbow. Never point to anyone or anything with your foot. In social situation with Indonesians where refreshments are served, wait until you are invited before you begin to drinking or eating. Similarly, do not sit down until you are directed to a place._

Language of Ubud

Bahasa Indonesia is the national language of Indonesia. Most locals who deal with tourists speak some English and there are guides trained in Japanese and major European languages.

History of Ubud

Historically, Ubud is a very rich place. Evidences of numerous archeological finds in the area are a proof of its rich culture and history since the time of the Bronze Age. One of the most remarkable artifacts from that time is the bronze gong known as 'The Moon of Pejeng', displayed in Pura Panataran Sasih in Pejeng, east of Ubud. Later in the 8th Century, _a Buddhist priest called Rsi Marhandya came to Bali from Java on pilgrimage with a group of followers and meditated at the confluence of the East and West Wos Rivers meet in Campuan, on the edge of Ubud, and declared the place holy. A shrine was established and later expanded by Nirartha, the Javanese priest who is regarded as the founder of Bali's religious practices and rituals as we know them today. The Javanese Majapahit kingdom conquered Bali in 1343, and the key final victory was against the Pejeng Dynasty centred at Bedulu. This is when the Balinese culture fourished and the ancestry of Ubud's current day aristocratic families can be traced back to this period. In 1900, Ubud became a Dutch protectorate at its own request and the colonialists interfered little, allowing the traditional arts and culture of the area to remain relatively unchanged. The modern era of Ubud perhaps began in the 1930s, when foreign artists were encouraged by the royal family to take up presence in the town.

Nightlife in Ubud

As opposed to what comes to your mind when you think of 'nighlife' with DJs and club music, Ubud serves a rather more ambient and relaxing environment at night to its guests. The Laughing Buddha Bar is one of the liveliest places in Ubud offering a great selection of drinks, fusion cuisine and live bands. Then there is Jazz Cafe which serves as both a music venue and a dining spot. Bar Luna is a unique place for having discussions of Literature with talented writers who visit this place apart form offering flowing sets of live music._

Shopping in Ubud

Ubud is a jackpot for people who like to buy art and crafts and some of the best markets are in the craft villages between Ubud and Sanur. The towns are Batubulan/Singakerta for stone carvings, Celuk for silver jewellery, Batuan for paintings, and Mas for wood carvings. This is the best place to get a glimpse of Balinese craftswork. Located at the corner of Jl Monkey Forest and Jl Raya is the Ubud Market where you can find wood carvings, batik shirts, sarongs and all kinds of souvenirs. _However, try to avoid visiting this market between 11:00 - 14:00 because that's when the tour buses visit as well. The road between Ubud and Kintamani is lined with organic farms that have a wide variety of fruits growing on site as well as a few caged luwaks to make luwak coffee. Other places to shop are Bali Etrade and Bali Biru for handicraft wholesale, Ganesha Bookstore at JI Raya for secondhand books, Sukawati Art Market and Threads of Life at JI Kajeng.

Currency in Ubud

ATM machines are readily available throughout most of more tourist visited area so you may or may not carry a lot of cash. If you want the best possible rates, you want to use your credit card to withdraw cash. _Because when you use your credit card, you will get the exchange rate that Visa or Mastercard gets. USD is also acceptable here but not everywhere.

Exchanging Money in Ubud

It is advisable to get your currency exchanged at the airport. You can use the ATM in the town for immediate purposes too. There are reliable currency exchanges in Ubud as well, in case you are in need.

Daily Budget for Ubud

For a daily budget which includes travelling, shopping and food in Ubud is very cheap. 325000 IDR/ day is a good deal.

Religion of Ubud

The dominant religion followed is Balinese Hinduism.

Restaurants and Local Food in Ubud

The food in Ubud mostly comprises of Balinese cuisine. However, you must try their most expensive coffee - Kopi Luwak, famously known as 'Poo Coffee'. The coffee beans used for Kopi Luwak are eaten, digested and excreted by a cat like animal in the region, known as Luwak. These beans then go through the usual method of roasting, aging and brewing. Besides being distinctive in its taste.
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