Bali has long been one of Indonesias favourite tourist hotspots. In Ubud However, it seems that the traditional Balinese lifestyle has been able to move in harmony with the many tourists visiting the small village. While travelers move around amazed by Ubud’s beauty, the local people are still able to proceed with daily life, such as participating in their ceremonies to honour the gods and placing offerings along the roads to show the gods their faith. With so much to see and do in Ubud it can be a challenge to narrow down just exactly what to see. To ensure you will experience the wonders that Ubud offers, here are a few activities that will have you discovering the best in Ubud in no time at all.
Something that needs to be seen and experienced is the morning market. Early in the morning local people head to the market to buy the things they need for the day. This can include fruit nd vegetables, but also flowers and flower petals for their decorations and offerings. It is even possible to buy a full bag of ready made offerings, the locals think of everything. To see this colorful spectacle you do need to wake up early. If you arrive by 6.30am the market is already bustling. At the market you can buy delicious cakes and fruits too. This will be a good addition to your breakfast at the hotel.
The Monkey Forest
Once you have returned to your beautiful hotel and have enjoyed your breakfast, head to the Monkey Forest where you can meet the 300 macaque monkeys up close. The forest is located in the south part of Monkey Forest Road. At the entrance you can buy peanuts or bananas for the monkeys. There are several temples located there as well which are used during cremation ceremonies. Each village in Bali has its own temple of death. Here it is located in the Monkey forest. Common characteristics of such temples are statues of the Rangda, the goddess of death.
From the Monkey Forest you can head over to the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA). This beautifully set museum exhibits a wide range of Balinese paintings from the past until the present. Witness the many different styles and their changes through time. In the past painters made paintings for the temples only. This style is known as Kamasan style and is characterized by long canvases covered with paintings about religious stories and myths. Balinese started to paint the Balinese daily life. This is known as Ubud style.
Take a walk around Campuan area in the Northern part of the village, around the Campuan area you can find the rice fields which Bali is famous for. The best time to see amazing views of the rice fields is in the late afternoon. There is an ideal path to walk on that begins at the end of the narrow road Jln. Kajeng and ends at the Campuan temple. The 1.5 hour walk will guide you through views of rice farmers at work, children flying their kites and beautiful landscapes. You will notice many shrines standing in the field. These are used by the farmers, who place offerings for the rice-goddess Dewi Sri to ensure a successful rice yield.