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By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

When visiting Bali, stop at Ubud, the Balinese capital of craft shopping which has kept a lot of its charm and authenticity despite the major growth of the "tourism industry". The city has many hotels, from luxury 5-star to small 2-star hotels, and numerous bars and restaurants. A stay of 2 days / 1 night seems to be a minimum to enjoy its many attractions.

To see

The museums: Puri Lukisan, Neka, Rudana, Agung Rai museum od Art, Widya Kusuma Woodcarving. The art galleries are also numerous. Ubud is primarily known for its craft industry that attracts all of the tourists of the island. You should also visit the temples of Pejeng and Bedulu.

To do

Rafting, riding on elephant's back, hiking: there are so many choices. Take an hour or two to discover the "Monkey forest" just at the entrance of the city. In addition, the temples of Besakih or Tanah Lot are not very far away.

pros

  • +  The authenticity of the place
  • +  The shopping
  • +  The various excursions

cons

  • -  Too much tourist influx

To think about

Upon your arrival, ask for information on religious holidays taking place during your stay (weddings, funerals...). You can attend this spectacle and what it offers you is completely magical, far from typical European customs.

To avoid

Ubud is not the best place to party. Though it might be what you are looking for during your holidays, the attraction of Ubud is mainly cultural.

To try

In Ubud, you will find the art of Balinese gastronomy. The restaurants are literally on every corner, let your instincts drive you, choose the typical dishes.

To bring back

Many artists have chosen to live in Ubud. Here they find their inspiration. Many crafts, paintings and furniture are sold here.
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