When I first planned my itinerary to Bali last month, I was not quite interested to spend some night in Ubud, because from my previous experience, staying in the middle of the city is more convenient and easy to move around while Ubud looks less interesting and boring. Going to Bali, in my perspective, was always about dipping your feet to the beach, however, this time I want to try to see Bali on the other side that I have never seen before.
Heading to Ubud
The moment I arrived in Bali, I headed straight to Ubud, trip to Ubud from Ngurah Rai Airport takes approximately 75-90 minutes, depending on traffic. Bali was still in the Nyepi atmosphere, and usually within 1 week after Nyepi, Hindus in Bali will be busy preparing Galungan. In this period, according to their beliefs, is a good day to have a wedding, so I can see at least 2-3 traditional Balinese weddings along the way to Ubud.
Lunch in the middle of rice paddies field
Before I checked in to the hotel, I took a stop at Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant, Ubud to have lunch. Bebek Tepi Sawah does have many branches in Bali (and in Jakarta actually), but the difference is you can enjoy your lunch surrounded with rice field scenery. Bebek Tepi Sawah also have its own villa and spa (which is still in one area with Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant) with the same concept.
Blue Karma Resort, Ubud
If you are planning to stay in Ubud, I strongly recommend to find an accommodation with open to nature concept. Because, believe me, the ambience is really different. And the first time I search for this hotel, I fell in love. Well, you can click here for review details of Blue Karma Resort, Ubud.
At first, I didn’t expect much before going to Ubud Market, because I thought Ubud Market are just similar to the other markets that only offer clothes and standard souvenirs. However, when I walked down along its alley, it turns out that they offer a far different from the regular market. Perhaps because Ubud known as a very artistic region so that the art and craft goods offered are very diverse (I tried to restrain myself for overbuying everything!). If you are very fond of art and craft goods, it’ll be better to spend your money at Ubud Market, because I think it’s more cheaper compared to Denpasar area.
To be continued in Part 2.