Ubud (pronounced ooooooboood) Is far removed from the drunken bikini scene in Kuta. It is regarded as the cultural centre of Bali and is famous as an arts hub … much of the town and nearby villages seem to house artist workshops and galleries. Ubud seems to outsiders as one small town in fact it is a collection of 14 villiages, each run by its own Banjar ( villiage committee). The place has grown rapidly and some central parts are creaking under the strain of coping with the huge influx of visitors.
One tip: if staying in Ubud, and wanting to shop always plan to do it in the morning … busloads arrive from the south, after lunch, on day trips and make the streets a semi permanent traffic jam.
By all means get out and about to the various villiages surrounding the town centre – most have their own craft or specialty like Mass for wood carvings and Celuk villiage for gold and silver jewelry.
The town sprawls for several kilometres in all directions, central Ubud however, has only three main streets Jl Raya Ubud, Jl Monkey Forest and Jl Hanoman. Ubud has also become the health capital of Bali, with Restaurants like Clear selling Raw organic food and most cafes selling healthy salads and juices, yoga mats being the accessory du jour, spas every few hundred yards….
If it’s a detox you’re after this is a pretty good place to start.
On the other end of the scale there is always Naughty Nuris … an expat hang just up the road from Ananda Cottages that makes a vicious Martini and wonderful BBQ ribs.
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