Culture in Ubud, it sound about right whenever venturing into Bali and that is exactly what I was seeking during my travels on the Indonesian Island.
This was the second and last leg of my Solo Bali trip. Too short for any holiday in Bali, but it was a business trip reviewing stunning hotels in Bali, and who can possibly complain about such work. As mentioned, this time my work took me to Ubud all the way from beaches of Tanjung Benoa.
An area of Bali I had heard so much about but never been to before. Thankfully on this Bali trip, I had the chance to see view this gorgeous inland destination of Bali, because Ubud was everything I hoped and much more.
If you missed the Tanjung Benoa edition of Bali Diaries, you can read it here, but for now, let culture take us the rest of the way in Ubud, for the second edition of my adventures in Bali.
Bali Diaries 2017 – Day 4-6: Getting into the Heart of Culture in Ubud
Best bit of the Ubud Bali trip
The Legong and Barong Balinese Dance: The best $7.50 I spent on Bali this trip. Yes, that is all it cost to watch a traditional and cultural Balinese dance called the Legong and Barong Dance. A series of different events and fantastic local music and a great performance.
It starts with lovely welcome dance by the beautiful Balinese women (very pretty indeed), to an epic and somewhat creepy warrior dance. It leads to a great finale with a Barong Dance, which is about a warrior whose occupation is a hunter, with mis-fortunate and comical events.
While there are many different traditional dances in Ubud, make sure you get to at least one during your Bali vacation, because you will be satisfied you did, because it is just the culture in Ubud you need to witness.
Where I stayed in Ubud
The Alaya Resort – The very wonderful Alaya Resort, quite Boutique and stunning amongst the pretty landscapes of a wonderful resort. Especially the Manisan Restaurant that is in the middle of the lush rice fields. It all looks spectacular.
Once you get off the busy streets of Ubud and into the lobby, it turns intopure luxury. From the stunning Indonesian designed deluxe rooms, to the beautiful gardens and glamorous swimming pools, in it indeed a resort that almost heavenly. The stay was perfect and keep at look out for the Alaya Resort if ever in the area, because you’ll just love this fine resort.
You can check out my main feature of the Alaya Resort and read why I fell in love with this resort during my stay in Ubud Bali.
The Main Highlights of the Ubud Trip
– Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary: A short stay is a good stay at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and for $5 it is worth the entry price. The monkeys are well and truly alive, inside and outside the enclosure, fighting amongst themselves, scrambling for food and even jumping all over their guest. That’s right us humans.
It will only take about an hour to walk through the forest, as monkeys are running amuck and doing their thing. If you buy a few bananas, they well be jumping on your shoulders too in eagerness to grab a feed. Try not to panic and force them off you, they may decide to take a bite at you. But in general, it is a safe little forest to escape the busy streets of Ubud. Enjoy it.
– Walking the Ubud town centre: Ubud is a lively little town centre, especially for a Bali town so far from the coast. Boutique market stalls, jewellery stalls, plenty of restaurants, café’s for WIFI hit and plenty of massage parlours for relaxation. It’s even great to wander the town and see the temples and great sculptures that represents the main religion in Bali. A very pretty town, no doubt.
The most memorable part of my time in Ubud was meeting local man Wadi. A local barrister who runs a small coffee shop, The Monkey Cave. It was great to have a chat and the cappuccino was superb. You can find this little coffee box a stone throw from the Monkey forest.
It was short and sweet but that wraps up my Bali 2017 trip, it was a beauty where I spent my time in luxury, and check the link to read more of Fair Dinkum Traveller’s Travel Diaries.