Bali

    Ubud

I have been reading and hearing many things about Ubud as (one of the) prime areas to visit on Bali. So I didn't want to miss it this time.

Some people say to stay at least one week in Ubud. Okay, here we come for two days for getting an initial impression.


The first impression is traffic crawling through the village (it is a couple of villages forming Ubud, so really much bigger than what we normally would image under a villa).


The second impression is the sheer number of tourists. In comparison to that the north coast is really quiet. People are getting carted by the bus loads to the monkey forest.


The third impression is the number of tourist oriented bars, restaurants and shops, considering the first two, not really a surprise.


Our hotel, though centrally located, is very quiet and nice. The first positive thing.


Over the course of the next days we explore the "villages", try the restaurants, visit the markets, etc. Initially I thought about booking a tour to see all the "must see" destinations, but decided against it. After seeing the traditional life in the north, I am not interested in seeing the for tourists arranged life. Also, a real turn-off is the inclusion of sales oriented art galleries. Having someone following me around and pressuring me to buy something. It is similar with the monkey forest. I have seen enough monkeys for a lifetime. It doesn't appeal to me paying to see monkeys in a wooded area, that try to steal my things,  with loads of tourists.

So in the end it comes down to: it's a personal decision wether to visit Ubud or not, depending on interests and past experiences.


(c) Karl Stellbrink

(c) Karl Stellbrink

(c) Karl Stellbrink

(c) Karl Stellbrink

(c) Karl Stellbrink

(c) Karl Stellbrink