If there’s one description fitting for Bali’s Ubud, it would be culturally rich. Located in the northern section of the Indonesian Island, Ubud is isolated from beaches that often define a Bali vacation. Despite this, Ubud is holding on as a fascinating travel destination even without the sand and ocean water.
Even though there are a number of cafes, restaurants and shops, there is a sense of tranquility in Ubud. The kind that will make you go through the day without stress and worry, and the kind that will let you spend days in a place without even noticing. Ubud is more elevated compared to other coastal towns. So, you know you’re walking around this particular Balinese town when the air is slightly cooler because of the mountain breeze. If you’re the type to easily get cold, wearing warmer clothes at night will come in handy. Ubud’s wet season is typically between January and February.
The original Ubud area is smaller than it is today. It has spread to include smaller villages located several kilometers from the town. The main streets in Central Ubud include Jalan Monkey Forest, Jalan Raya Ubud and Jalan Hanoman. The intersection between the Jalan Raya and Jalan Monkey Forest is where most bemos stop to drop off passengers. This is also where the main market is situated, and is considered the beating heart of town.