The second part of my Bali travel diary brings me to Ubud. The place is considered by many as Bali’s cultural hub, the centre of arts and crafts, healthy eating and yoga studios. The best part for me was definitely the surroundings, it was beautiful everywhere.
Where to stay
I was fortunate enough to stay at Bali Moon, a quiet retreat set back from the hustle and bustle of Ubud. The set-up is quite wonderful in that the accommodation is made up of multiple mini temple-like buildings, each with unique features. My room had a four-poster bed in it with a large terrace over looking the surrounding paddy fields – divine. For anyone wanting to stay somewhere a little different and enjoy an authentic Balinese experience this is the place for you!
Places to visit
Tegallalang Rice Terraces was the highlight of my trip. I’d heard from friends that this place was out of this world and it certainly didn’t disappoint. My friend and I hired a scooter for the day, which was an adventure in itself and drove 30 minutes north of Ubud. The famous cliffs are an intricately designed masterpiece. This is a must-see spot for anybody in the area.
Pura Tirta Holy Temple was a short scooter ride away from the rice terraces. The temple is famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification. As you can see from the picture below I didn’t dress appropriately so was given a sarong to wear over my shorts, a serious print/colour clash!
If you don’t feel like sight-seeing you must walk around Ubud, there is so much to see. An afternoon of curiosity took me off the beaten track straight onto to what seemed to be the set of Eat, Pray, Love.
Go to the Dragonfly Village for a herbal steam room experience or eat at their lovely cafe overlooking the tranquil rice fields.
Where to eat
There were many great eateries in Ubud, but for the three days I was there one venue in particular stood out to me and that was Alchemy. The cafe is 100% raw vegan, and whilst i’m not a Vegan or even a Vegetarian the food was incredibly tasty, it took me by complete surprise as i’ve always been a fussy eater.
My favourite dish was the smoothie bowl, which i’m told is the best in Bali. At the bar you get to choose from a number of fresh fruits, I went for Dragonfruit, Banana and mixed fruit granola. You then get to choose a fruit smoothie of your choice with an added topping. I went for chocolate.
Pour the smoothie bottle into the bowl and voila! you have the yummiest, healthiest breakfast going!
- Get a scooter – the best, fastest and most exciting way to get around the island.
- Barter – as a tourist you’ll be met with inflated prices. Haggle, haggle, haggle.
- Be prepared for rain and lots of it, all at once!
- Drink bottled water and avoid ice in your drink, even in restaurants.
Bali was truly incredible, I got to spend eight wonderful days in a a truly special place. I’ll definitely be back.
P.S. if you missed part one of my diary in Canggu click here to read all about it.