The thriving community of yogic expats, the beautiful Balinese countryside, paddy fields, grassy hills, and delightful traditional Balinese raw food – there are a lot of reasons to love Ubud, Bali, indeed.
Bali is, thankfully, more close to rural and cultural laid-back living than it is to stressful urban living. So, it is a perfect destination for anyone hoping to find some peace of mind as it is one of those rare places in the world that promises convenience, healthy food, art, mystic culture and a splash of yoga.
Now, let’s talk about some of the most prominent places to visit in Ubud, Bali that will undoubtedly leave everlasting joy in your memories:
Tegallalang Rice Terrace
If I were to choose only one place to visit in Bali, I suspect that would be Tegallalang Rice Terrace. It is truly an amazing place to take stunning panoramic photos of the beautiful landscape of Bali. Well ok, actually I went there 7 years ago and it was my first rice terrace, so I’m biased. It provides great opportunity for appreciating simple yet essential things like rice grain that we take for granted. There are a few cafes around Tegallalang Rice Terrace that will keep you refreshed.I really enjoy the beauty of nature and the exquisite green. If you’ve seen your share of nature of rice terraces around the world maybe you’ll keep your visit shorter than I did.
This is one of the most fun places you can visit in Ubud, Bali. The monkeys are quite active animals, but the fun thing is when people get freaked out from them. Be sure to hold tight all your belongings, because monkeys love to snatch away whatever you have (even your camera will be no exception). But that is just all. Monkeys here in Bali forest and temple are generally not aggressive. I’ve seen a documentary once about a group of monkeys in India, that robbed street vendors and even attacked. Compared to those these were passive. I didn’t really focus that much on the monkeys. Some people did feed them with bananas, this is what they love, but signs state it is forbidden.
There are a lot of nice sculptures in the complex and all temple buildings feel very embedded in the greens of nature. When it was not that touristy the places away from the monkeys were quite serene.
Agung Rai Museum of Art
The area of Ubud, Bali, is filled with tremendous cultural, historical monuments and art pieces. And many of these masterpieces are well kept in Agung Rai Museum of Art. It is small in size as compared to other popular Museums around the world, but it well portrays the rich Balinese history and culture. The unique architecture of the building will take you back centuries in time. The art pieces and paintings are made by both western artists living in Bali and famous local Balinese artists. I really enjoyed the more traditional Balinese paintings. It is indeed a place worth visiting.