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.

Sights:

·       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.

Tips:

·       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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