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A Lovely Vacation in Ubud Bali

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What is it about Ubud that one should visit this beautiful village? Because Ubud has much to offer; from its stunning panorama of Ayung River valley and the terraces rice filed, its most talented artist, its typical traditional market and myriad of shops that line the road is a heaven for shopping, its undying culture, its serene environs and plentiful of nice small hotels and restaurants and many more.

Ubud has no great beaches to speak of, no mountain lakes, and no grand hotels. Yet it has the richness of soil and it is the center of Bali’s art and culture. If you don’t stay in Ubud, or you don’t have much time during your Bali Holiday, a visit is worth because it would offer you a memorable stay in Bali.

Driving out of bustling Denpasar, the tranquil green of rice paddies contrast sharply with the boisterous sounds of the city. Palm-leaf carvings of Dewi Sri (the Rice Goddess) guards over the crops, and small thatch huts dot the rice fields, giving shade to those who work them. Temples and small shrines can be seen along the way, women lay out offerings of flowers, rice, incense and holy water to placate evils spirits and please the good one. Even with the great influx of tourism, village life basically goes on the same. Almost every village on the way up to Ubud specializes in some kind of art form. You can stop off and see the artisans at work in their studios.

Many places near Ubud make beautiful side trips. Morning walk through the villages lead to out-of-the-way retreats. The route to Tegalalang offer beautiful views of terraces rice field and myriad of art studios, Mas, Penestanan and Peliatan, the centers of wood carving and painting, Sayan offer a stunning panorama of Ayung River valley and still home to spectacular view of gorges and palms and rice fields. Campuhan , the place where three rivers meet – a sacred site. There is a very beautiful temple called Pura Gunung Lebah is worth a visit.

To the north is Petulu village is known for many things but the most spectacular is the kokokan or white herons. Every morning at dawn and the afternoon around three or four o’clock, you can see them circling the trees in droves.

To the south a short walk you will arrive at Monkey Forest. To visit it, one must by a ticket. There are hundreds of tame monkeys and a temple stands in the middle of the forest. In the center of town the interesting places to see are the Puri (the court of palace of former kings), here every Sunday morning at 10 o’clock dozen of young girls study traditional Balinese dance. Ubud main market just opposite the Puri offer varieties of merchandises; Produce, dry goods, linens, T-shirts, paintings, wood carvings, even traveling medicine men appear here. Closed to market you can visit Puri Lukisan (Museum of Paintings). Established in 1954, it is dedicated to showing the works of local painters. It is the excellent place to get an overview of the stylistic differences between artists.

Ubud is a picturesque township and visitors have been attracted by its charm and beauty for decades. If shopping is your interest, Ubud has a myriad of shops which line the road to Monkey Forest and the Museum Puri Lukisan. Don’t forget to bargain!!! If art is your interest, in Ubud, Mas and Peliatan, one can study dance, music, painting or a number of other art forms. The best way to meet a teacher is to find a style that appeal to you (by going to galleries and watching performances) and than approach the artist directly about lessons.

While you are in Ubud and need more complete information, you can visit Bina Wisata a local Tourism Bureau. It prepare map of Bali and Ubud. There is a massage board, small book store and a printing press on the premises. It’s about 500 m past the market.

Waka Namya Resort is a nice place to stay. It offers free luxury shuttle service to the center of town and to the Rudana Museum and Arts Gallery; it is one of the best galleries in Ubud. It also offers a free tracking to the rice field. Excellent service and very friendly staffs. I know the manager very well, so I sand many guests to this resort. Waka di Ume, Komaneka, Santi Mandala Resort and Maya Ubud are also very nice place to stay. For more affordable accommodation you can choose Ubud Sari; small, charming and rustic ambience. It has a complete Spa and Beauty Salon service, Yoga, Chiropractic, Healing Week in Bali Program. Raw Health Food Program and Colonic Hydrotherapy.

So Ubud has many attractive objects can be seen for your Bali Vacation. And do not hesitate to choose beautiful Bali for your holiday. Bali is a small, beautiful island in Indonesia, the ultimate tourist destination in Asia.

The quickest and easiest way to find Bali hotels at your destination is to go online and visit a hotel reservation website. Do a search for Bali you are traveling to and you will be presented with a list of available hotels in Bali, Choose your preferred Bali Hotels.

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Get to The Heaven – Gili Trawangan

After buzzing in Ubud, we decided to go down to Candidasa beachfront, just to be closer to where you just take a boat and go to the Gili Islands. In fact, east of Bali is Lombok, another island of similar size in Bali. And northwest of the island you can find the Gili (Gili Trawangan – Gili Meno – Gili Air), a chain of three islands that are strongly advised us to discover.

So we rented a cab to Padangbai, place of departure of Fast boat (1:30 trip) towards Gili Trawangan, the largest of three islands (and only with an ATM ^ ^). We also have the opportunity to take boats with longer and less expensive but good trip, with a little afraid of feeling ill, ease is chosen. So a cross made on the roof of the boat, with luggage and some other reckless. But hey, we could see the island of Bali in a different way, cross huge barges and saw dolphins … It was worth it!

Laying in Lombok and 15/20 minutes later, landing on Gili Trawangan. No dock, feet in the water. No cars or scooters, only small carts pulled by small horses decorated and bicycle rental. A real change! No hotel booked, we start playing adventurers. There is a place in a homestay, a sort of small family hotel, close to 15 € per night with breakfast for two. Thereafter, we meet two French advises us to Edy Homestay, even cheaper (11 € for 2 with breakfast and 2 queen beds, small bright terrace), with supposedly a family atmosphere. It therefore changes the next day. And there, a very good discovery) Every evening, the hotel manager, Norman and his friends play music for hours, tubes and elsewhere singing, and we at even ended up singing “Aicha”, the only tube “French” they know:) So a meeting with local super friendly, outgoing, always smiling and offering you food, ask you where you come from, how long you stay … The hotel is not large (8 bungalows), we could befriend two Finnish, one English, one English and one American, with whom we spent our days on the island . And to wash clothes, €1 for 2kg:)

We do not know how long we would stay but in the end, it was so peaceful and relaxing as we finished our week there. No brainer to know what you are doing, what time .. A real holiday! We have come across young people like us, older people, families … Everyone can find his place. And we just stay in a hostel or in a superb beachfront bungalow, everything is possible! It should be 1:30 for a tour of the island on foot, but there is still plenty to do: learn to dive, get Padi (degree in dive) in 4 days, snorkeling (mask, snorkel, fins), lazing on the beach, making day trips to Lombok for example, or from 4 days and 3 nights towards the Komodo, surfing, get a massage …. An island with dirt roads that certainly get a little muddy when it rains, but so authentic. Small shops, local know that eventually you and ask your news every time you crossed them, the restaurant, spa, a shisha bar … everything is possible! And here is the free wifi everywhere)

For us, it was a day of snorkeling (€9 each for 4 hours by boat on 3 different dive sites). We saw a variety of fish, turtles .. Small lunch break on Gili Air, quiet, nothing to turn lunch in bamboo huts with lounge music in the background ..). A very good experience except that I got a little seasick, even during dives. But it was worth it! We also tested the “fish pedicare” i.e. they put their feet in tanks filled with water and small fish that you are removing dead skin lol. Well it’s surprising, but it works! And if not, walk on the beach, nap on the beach in the shade of a tree, reading books while listening to music. And finally, we discover that you can live without a laptop and shows enough!

For outputs, it fucking worth it, there is always something held each night in a different bar. Tourists and locals on the island come together: the Irish Bar, Sama sama reggae bar The rooftop of Gili Hostel, Rudy’s Bar, the Blue Marlin and pool … So we had a chance to go out a little after listening to our friends play the guitar and sang in the patio of the hotel.

And food issue, it takes between 4 and 7 € for fresh fish on the grill spent with a portion of rice, cooked vegetables and a drink … :) Same, I stayed on my tea and a banana pancake or pineapple in the morning)

Personally, this is the place I chose for calm but also for the things we could do during the day and evening for meetings that are to do, and the kindness of people. Never harassed to sell us something, just reply with a smile.

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