Ubud is considered to be Bali’s cultural centre and is becoming an increasingly popular choice with tourists. Travellers come to this mountain town to experience its restaurants, spas, arts and crafts. It is also a perfect spot from which to explore the surrounding countryside.
Most people associate Bali with balmy relaxed days by the beach followed by hectic nights out in the southern coastal resort areas. Nonetheless, travellers are becoming more aware of other points of interest such as the temples, forested volcanic mountains, rice paddies and interesting culture. By visiting Ubud, you will experience a very different side of Bali.
It takes about an hour to drive the forty kilometres to the town centre from the airport due to the congested motorways. On reaching your destination, everything seems to slow down and the whole atmosphere is more relaxed. The feeling is one of being in a large village. Which in effect your are, as the town is a conglomeration of fourteen villages each run by its own council of representatives.
One of the biggest attractions of Ubud is its people. They are some of the most friendly you will meet and make excellent hosts in hotels, restaurants and other local attractions. My post today is a tribute to the people and culture of Ubud.
Ubud Portrait – Policewoman
An elegant policewoman keeps an eye on proceedings at a ceremony through the streets of the town.
Ubud Streetlife – Scooters
The public transport system in Bali is non existent. As such, the roads are extremely congested even outside the major city precincts. The best way of avoiding the traffic jams is to hire a scooter.
Portrait – Interesting Old Man
Group Portrait – From Young to Old
Traditional Balinese Man
Cimeira Cafe – Relaxed & Friendly
Many of the restaurants and cafes in Ubud are open to the street in order that patrons can sit and watch the world go by. The atmosphere in these eateries is generally relaxed and often the style is quaint.
Ubud Portrait – Tourist
Even the tourists in Bali’s cultural capital tend to be relaxed and friendly. As an example, this vibrant young lady was all smiles and more than happy to be photographed. She told me that this was her first visit to Bali and had loved every moment of it.