Written by Sophie from Sophies Suitcase
I have visited Ubud in Bali three times now over the past five years and every time I have fallen in love with this small town in the depths of the Balinese countryside. It is North of Kuta and is known as the retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a great place to unwind and see the real Bali!
Where to stay on a budget?
The Happy Mango Tree and In Da Lodge offer great hostel accommodation for the budget traveller. Both have a great atmosphere and have a central location to the main stress, markets and restaurants. The Happy Mango Tree is the only hostel in Ubud with double and dorm rooms so it’s a great find. It is quirky, charming and colourful, with rice field view, just minutes away from the throng of Ubud action and attractions.In Da Lodge offers 4 mixed dorm rooms, 2 standard double rooms and for the group-travellers there are 5 big family rooms. In Da Lodge is very close to the centre, the monkey forest, temples, museums, shops, restaurants and so on. There is also a restaurant on site with plenty of choice from the menu for the hungry traveller.
Where to eat on a budget?
- You can find the best coffee at TUTMAK on Dewa Sita. The coffee is divine and it is quiet with a beautiful backdrop.
- Locavore situated on Jalan Dewi Sita is a great place to sit back with some traditional Balinese food.
- Fair Warung Balecombines restaurant and social project. The profit from the warung supports the Fair future health clinic, so if you want to dine with a good conscious, this place is a good choice.
What to do or to look at?
- Hire a moped from a local bike shop and get to know Ubud by bike. You will find a lot of the ‘things to see’ aren’t always in the centre of town so either get your walking shoes on or hire a moped.
- Linked the above, I would grab a moped so you can really immerse yourself in Balinese life. I rented a moped one evening with my friend and we just drove for miles. After an hour we found a restaurant and stopped for dinner. It was THE BEST food I have ever eaten.
- Visit the local markets and buy some traditional Balinese products. They sell everything you could think of from homeware to clothes, headbands to bowls.
What not to do?
- Tourist chaos: The Monkey Forest is fun and a nature reserve but it is a tourist site, is busy and the monkeys steal your things. I went once and never went back. Fun for a while and it is beautiful but not once a cheeky monkey has stolen your £200 camera.
- Spend all your money: there are so many shops, artisan shops, trinket places and locations where you can spend all of your money. Just budget and you’ll be left with beer money.
- Eat western food: There is a McDonalds and westernised restaurants but if you are going to eat local Ubud is the place to do it. The Gastronomy in Ubud is incredible and is home to some of the best restaurants in Bali and Indonesia.
3 fun facts you would like to add
- It is actually becoming a mecca for digital entrepreneurs.
- Much of the film Eat, Pray, Love was filmed in Ubud Bali
- It is home to some of the best hotels in Indonesia
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