When it comes to experiencing art and culture in Bali, Ubud is the place to go to. Here are some of the ‘must do’ things when at this enchanting island destination.
Shop at the Ubud Art Market
Featuring items sourced from local villages, the Ubud Art Market is a great place to purchase handmade products be it woven baskets, woodcarvings, kites or hats. Located within easy reach of hotels like Alila Ubud, this market also has stalls selling batik clothing, silk scarves, sarongs, local paintings and more traditional souvenir items too.
Head to Goa Gajah
Referred to as the Elephant Cave, Goa Gajah is a sacred site that dates to the ninth century. Those planning a visit here from their Ubud, Bali resort will find a fascinating carving of a demon’s mouth at the cave’s entrance, while inside are several statues including one of Ganesha.
Explore Ubud Monkey Forest
Both a natural sanctuary and a sacred site, the Ubud Monkey Forest is home to hundreds of long-tailed macaques that can be seen as you wander the paths between the trees. Apart from the playful (and mischievous!) monkeys, you will also find ancient temples and statues that add to the forest’s charm.
Visit the Ubud Royal Palace
Known as “Puri Saren Agung”, the Ubud Royal Palace features Balinese architecture and guardian statues amidst an idyllic garden backdrop. One of the top experiences here is the chance to witness traditional dance performances accompanied by a local gamelan orchestra.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+