Walking in Ubud, Bali : Indonesia (Dec’18) – Day 1



I visited Bali, Indonesia on 30th December 2018 to celebrate new year eve. During this trip I stayed in Ubud for 4 nights.

Ubud is in many ways Bali’s cultural heart. It’s in the cool mountains, just an hour’s drive north of the airport. This traditional country town is home to one of Bali’s royal families. Ubud is also well known as a flourishing crafts centre. The surrounding Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes.

We arrived at hotel 30th Dec’18 late night around 3 am. From airport to Ubud was around 1 hour by road. Finally reach at hotel around 4 am.. Woke up in morning and taken some hotel room images. We stayed at Puri Saraswati Bungalow in Ubud.

Puri Saraswati Bungalow, Ubud

Monkey Forest, Ubud

After Breakfast, I went rented a motorbike for 3 days and start the trip. My first destination was Monkey forest. The Ubud Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal, which owns it. The village’s residents view the Monkey Forest as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village. There are many of point of interest that you can see here. Other than around 700 monkeys, you also can see 186 species of trees in 12.5 hectares of forest, where will allowing you to get an abundant of fresh air.

Lunch at Roti Daal, Ubud

This is newly opened pure vegetarian Indian restaurant in center of the city and near to hotel. Tried some home made dishes and 2 types of local beer. 🙂

Pura Taman Saraswati Temple, Ubud

Then we visit to this beautiful temple. The temple is a great stopover along your leisure walks through Ubud town, offering sightseeing and photo opportunities with its classical Balinese temple architecture and a beautiful foyer featuring ponds filled with blooming pink lotuses.

Goa Gajah Temple – Elephant Cave in Ubud

Our evening destination was Goa Gajah Temple. Located on the cool western edge of Bedulu Village, six kilometres out of central Ubud. But easy to drive by motorbike and with help of google map location. Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave’ is an archaeological site of significant historical value that makes it a special place to visit.

Joged Dance, Ubud

Watched Evening Cultural Show at Pura Taman Saraswati Temple, and you have to pay 80,000 IDR per person. Bali has many traditional dances and one of the most fun is the joged bumbung. Tourists will often see and participate in a joged dance.

New Year Eve Party, Ubud

Finish the day with existing new year eve party with Indonesian food, local drinks, dance and lots of fun.