24 hours in Ubud.

Ubud is a magical place in Bali, Indonesia. Seriously. The people of Bali believe that Ubud has magical powers. For this reason, several royal families came from all across the island hoping to be healed. They named it ‘medicine’ – in Balinese ‘Ubud’. Today, people from all across the globe travel to Bali’s wellness mecca. To find health in body, mind and spirit.

Next to wellness, Ubud has several other things to offer. We only stayed there for one full day. Renting a motorbike as personal transportation is the best way to explore this jungle village. Start the day early, to have the best views and dodge the heat.

The rice fields of Tengallalang are the best starting point. Arrive early (6AM or 7AM), to avoid the heat and to have the sun shining through the palm trees into the fields. Simply magical.

The Monkey forest is another to-do in Ubud. The animals are not in cages and are in their natural habitat. It opens at 8:30, so it’s best to go after your visit to the rice fields. The entrance fee of the Monkey Forest is 50.000 Indonesian Rupiah, which is around 3 EUR. They are super friendly and not shy, but you need to watch out. Before you know it, the bastards will try to steel out of your backpack (Yes, it almost happened to me).

In the afternoon, you can go to the large Ubud Art Market or Pasar Seni Ubud, which is located right across from the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace. At this place, they’re selling ‘real’ silver jewellery, blankets, clothes, souvenirs,… everything you need! It’s always important to bargain about the price, because mostly you end up paying 25% of the ‘original’ price.

Most of the hotels in Ubud have a beautiful (infinity) pool, with a view over the rice fields. If your hotel does not, you can visit another hotel, after paying a certain fee of a few euros in return of spending the whole afternoon at their infinity pool. The one we did, was called Komaneka.

Where to stay in Ubud.

As said before, there are several great boutique hotels and resorts in Ubud. One of them is Plataran Ubud. It’s situated in the centre of Ubud and has two beautiful pools. Another one is Adiwana Resort. It’s a bit further from the center, but more quite and peaceful. It’s has a splendid pool as well, but don’t try their ‘hotel gym’. They’ll give you a voucher for a public gym without AC and everybody is sweating all over the place without using towels. you’ll want to thank me later!

In collaboration with Indonesia Travel (@indtravel). #WonderfulIndonesia #TripOfWonders

All pictures are shot with a Canon Mark IV 5D by Dennis Van Peel & Matthias Geerts.


Komaneka Resort Ubud


Plataran Ubud

Rice Fields of Tengallalang

Monkey Forest Ubud

Rice Fields of Tengallalang    




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