Ubud

I liked Ubud even though it’s in full-on tourist mode with homestays, spas, eateries and shops selling tourist tat. You can avoid the main streets and wander down the side streets which are lanes really. Here you’ll see the rural life with rice paddies and ducks. Though this may be short-lived as people want more of the tourist dollar and build on their land.

Offerings are made three times a day

Offerings are made three times a day and comprise a combo of flowers, food, cigarettes, topped with incense. They take considerable time to prepare

aP1240559

aP1250566

Fish spas tickle

Fish spas tickle

Preparing for a wedding

Preparing for a wedding

Monkey Forest
aP1250573

Monkey Forest

Monkey Forest is a short walk from just about anywhere. They snatch those bananas so fast.

Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)

I loved the energy in this place and wandering round the peaceful gardens and buildings that house Bali’s traditional and contemporary art.

Excerpt from Belejar Berenang's Learning to Swim

Excerpt from Belejar Berenang’s Learning to Swim

Close up of part of Rice Harvest

Close up of part of Rice Harvest

Part of Cockfighting

Part of Cockfighting

aP1250607 aP1250600 aP1250598aP1250579

The grounds are lovely and I could’ve easily hung out in the Warung Kopi for the afternoon.

One of the shady bales in Warung Kopi

One of the shady bales in Warung Kopi

Ornate gong

Ornate gong

These passionfruit are the best

These passionfruit are the best

Beautiful materials
aP1250635
aP1250631

aP1250561

Main roads

The few main roads are insanely busy with tourists, the market, roadworks and locals. Every fourth building is a tourist shop selling sarongs, wooden penises of all sizes, silver jewellery, parasols and much more.

Stacks and stacks of sarongs arranged in colour blocks

Stacks and stacks of sarongs arranged attractively in colour blocks.

aP1250568

The lanes leading away from Ubud’s centre are a delight
aP1240554

Dancing scarecrows

Dancing scarecrows

Ducks eat the pests

Ducks eat the pests

Precious firewood.

Precious firewood.

aP1250558 aP1250557 aP1240585 aP1240555

Accommodation
First night in Bali I stayed at Rhuma Roda in a room with a spacious balcony.

View from balcony

View from balcony

Refreshing pool at Rhuma Roda

Refreshing pool at Rhuma Roda

Lounge around on the daybed

Lounge around on the daybed

Pancake breakfast

Pancake breakfast at Rhuma Roda

I spent two nights before I left at Semu Jaen which has very nice new rooms and a refreshing pool. I’d phoned Darta for a room at Rhuma Roda and when I arrived there, got taken by scooter to his brother’s place. The restaurant has a nice ambiance and does a great breakfast and dinner.

Advertisements