When you arrive at Denpasar airport in Bali. be prepared to open yourself to an incredible cultural experience. Bali is an exquisite tropical island that welcomes and caters for tourism. It is a cosmopolitan place featuring a blending of most of the world’s major religions, with a predominance of a peaceful Hindu culture. There are public busses at the airport that go to Ubud.
For this blog post, I’ll be heading to Ubud which is twelve miles north east from Kuta in Gianyar district. That’s about one to one and a half hours drive from Kuta to Ubud. It is a scenic location. Two rivers, Wos Timur and the Wos Barat flow through Ubud. It is sourounded by the villages of Padang Tegal and Nyuhkuning to the south, and Peliatan and Kutuh in the east. West of Ubud is Campuhan, Penestenan and Sayan, with Sanggingan and Kedewatanare to the north west.
There is so much to do at Ubud Bali, but what would entice an author such as myself to Ubud Bali? How about long, contemplative walks at dawn along palm tree lined beaches for getting the creative thoughts flowing for the day?
Firstly, the peaceful countryside and scenery. It is easy to get around on foot, walking along tree-lined streets and beside paddy fields, or choose a vehicle. Dawn is a favourite time for a country walk, then laze by a pool or enjoy a spa retreat as the day warms, or visit the excellent museums such as Neka, ARMA, Seniwati where you will learn more about traditional Balinese art.
Tourists can time their trip to coincide with a major festival to watch processions on their way to the temple. The offerings of rice and petals at roadside shrines, and colourfully dressed women carrying baskets of fruit on their heads are cultural experiences that tourists are privileged to be invited to observe. For the artistic, there are local classes where you can learn batik painting. Nature lovers will want to visit the monkey Forest. The more adventurous can book to go white water rafting.
In the evenings, you might enjoy trying one of the many excellent restaurants or a dance performance at the Ubud Palace on Jl. Raya Ubud before returning to your bali ubud hotel
There is a ready choice of bicycle, taxi, hire a cab or a bus. If I time my trip carefully, I could arrange it to coincide with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival held each September.
Would I enjoy it? I’ve lost count of how many of my friends have visited and enjoyed Bali, and how many authors I know have fallen in love with parts of Indonesia, and stayed longer than originally planned. I think that Ubud must be writer’s heaven.
I only need to walk around the block here in my northern Victorian home in Australia to see how many people have not only visited Bali. But have fallen in love with the culture and artifacts. So many of the front gardens could by loosely called Balinese style. But why purchase those carvings in an Australian garden centre when you can have all the fun of negotiating a bargain for your home or garden from one of the fascinating shops?
Locals are friendly and will happily advise visitors which places are an easy walk, and where you may need to hire transport. Keep in mind, when planning your day’s outing, that the terrain is hilly, for Bali is a beautiful volcanic island.
Accommodation choices booked through bali ubud hotel range from budget to luxury. Most advertise having scenic rooms and show pictures of relaxing gardens and poolside. Many offer guided treks. The ones that I checked out all have an incredibly high review ranking.
So, when are we going to Ubud in Bali?
Ryn Shell writes stories of crime, love and Australia.
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