Ubud, Bali. This town in central Bali is far removed from the beach party scene in Kuta, and is regarded as the cultural centre of Bali. That is most probably why we were so drawn to Ubud, and we definitely don’t regret our decision to base ourselves there. Ubud is pronounced ‘oobood’ as in the same way as the ‘oo’ sounds in ‘good’. Ubud is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists’ workshops and galleries. Even as we drove to what seemed like the furthest edges of Ubud, there were art stores everywhere! If we could have, I’m sure we would have stopped to buy goods at every second corner. The art in Ubud was just spectacular There are some remarkable architectural and other sights to be found in Ubud, and a general feeling of well being to be enjoyed, all thanks to the spirit, surroundings, and climate of the place. An infamous saying in Ubud is, “seng ken-ken!”… Balinese for ‘no worries!’
While Ubud seems to outsiders like one small town, it is in fact fourteen villages, each run by its own banjar (village committee). Ubud has grown rapidly, and some central parts are creaking under the strain of coping with the number of visitors. Growth continues, but there are still terraced rice fields along the rivers, and away from the town centre, regular, quiet village life carries on relatively undisturbed. Central Ubud is heavily commercialized and teems with tourists.
We spent many afternoons and evenings wandering around the streets of Ubud, and we loved the feel of this amazing little Balinese town. It is so unique and culturally rich. Here are some pictures from those day were we wandering around aimlessly.
Coconut Ice cream… ALWAYS incredible!
Ubud has a number of ice cream parlors, and many serve gelato.
We absolutely loved the local Balinese dishes, but it is always nice to occasionally dig into a bit of Western food too. They sure did have a good selection of it on this island! Ubud was incredible during the day, but somehow even more amazing after sunset. The streets were bustling and the atmosphere was enchanting. Ubud is definitely a wonderful place to spend…. FOREVER!