Saturday, May 11, 2013

Quick and Nerdy: Bali (Ubud)

Thanks again Meanwhile in Thailand for this week's Quick and Nerdy: Bali (Ubud)

·       To the north of Kuta, Ubud resides as a cultural and artistic center of Bali. In addition to artistry, Ubud is famous for terraced rice patties in the hills and mountains.
·       There are lots of single women here, in search of rich Italian factory owners to make them whole after a tough divorce. Kidding, it’s probably more of a romantic getaway spot but Eat, Pray, Love is unavoidable here.
·       Ubud itself is rather small and the main part is very walkable, with lots of artesian shops and interesting Balinese architecture. At this point, it is very commercialized, as well.


·       Lake Bratan Temple – one of Bali’s seven most important water temples, this one sits on the edge of the volcanic lake in the mountains. It’s about 2 hours away but well worth the drive for the serenity.
Lake Bratan

·       Mount Batur – An active volcano, more adventurous hikers can test themselves here.
·       Rice Paddies – One of the more popular images from Ubud, there are many ways to explore this local feature by car, scooter or bike.
Rice paddies seen by bike

·       Goa Gojoh Temple – another famous temple, this one flows out a spring not far from the center of Ubud. There are carved statues and pools, as well as intricately carved cave entrances and a walkway that leads down into the edge of the jungle.
·       Tampaksiring – a large temple complex with mountain side carvings, Tampksiring is about thirty minutes outside of the city.
·       Shopping – you won’t avoid it in the city center, Ubud at least offers a different twist on souvenir shopping.

Get Around:

·       Ubud has no public transit but the main areas are good for walking. Outside of that, you’ll need to hire a cab or driver. There are no metered taxis here, so everything is negotiable but $20 to $30 will get you a car and driver for most of the day.


·       If you are starved for some Mexican food, Taco Casa is well worth locating at the edge of the main area.
Taco Casa

·       Really, there are almost any number of activities to suit you here; from relaxing with yoga or meditation, to adventuring like long bike rides, volcano hikes and white water rafting.
·       The Antonio Blanco museum is here for your enjoyment a large number of nudes. The view of Ubud from the top of the hill is also quite nice.
view from Antonio Blanco Museum

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