UBUD TRAVEL GUIDE
Ubud Travel Guide covers the first stop for most people who move away from Kuta or Sanur, and is the only place in Bali where there is a wide variety of accommodation not on a beach. Walking amongst the ricefields you catch a glimpse of Balinese life as it really is, not the hybrid version that has been created in the south of the island. Ubud travel guide.
Ubud is famous as the centre of Balinese painting, and one kilometre towards Denpasar is Peliatan, home of one of the best dance and gamelan troupes in Bali. Places of interest include the Museum of Painting, former royal palaces, as well as relatively untouched villages and rice paddies stretching to the horizon. Not far from Ubud is Goa Gajah with its meditation retreat and fountains, the archaeological museum at Bedulu and the former Royal capitals of Gianyar and Bangli.
While Ubud may not have the nightlife and variety of shopping of Kuta or Sanur, it does offer a look at Balinese art and culture in a natural setting without the hustle and bustle.
PAINTING IN UBUD
Most of the original Balinese painters came from Ubud. In the 1970s Ubud was at the centre of Balinese painting. The so-called “young artists” follow traditional and modern styles, and their paintings are much cheaper than those by the Masters.
To get an idea of Balinese art and wood carving before buying, visit the Art Gallery “Puri Lukisan Ratna Warta”. The gallery consists of three buildings set in beautiful gardens and rice fields near the centre of Ubud. Two house permanent exhibitions, and one is run by the local Painters Co-operative. The works at the Co-operative hall are for sale, and prices are negotiable. Each month a different local group shows their work, and each painter can show only one painting.
However, if you like a particular painter’s style, make a note of his name and village and track him down later. The biggest group is from the village of Padangtegal which is between Ubud proper and the monkey forest. Museum Puri Lukisan was set up with money donated by Europeans and a local prince.
At Lempad’s house on Jalan Raya, his grandsons carry on the tradition and put out some good work. Lempad, who died in 1978 aged 97, had a very distinctive sketching style. Some of his sketches are on show at his house.
Jalan Monkey Forest has many galleries with reasonably priced traditional and modern art. One of the modern forms is the Japanese-influenced screens. There are also quite a few galleries on the main street, some of which do not offer value for money.
DANCE AND DRAMA IN UBUD
The growth of tourism in Ubud has promoted a resurgence of local interest in studying painting, dance and drama. As a result, it is now possible to watch cultural performances each night at one of the local community centres. As well as these arranged shows, which consist of a medley of dances normally restricted to special religious occasions, the traditional arts of dance and drama with gamelan music still plays an integral part of any religious holiday or ceremony.
PUBLIC SERVICES IN UBUD
Post Office Jln Pos/Jln Raya, Terbesaya
Tourist Info Bina Wisata. Jln Ubud Raya
Money Changer Tiro Jln Ubud Raya
Tourist Information http://www.balitourismboard.org/
Pharmacy/Apotik Jln Cok Cede Rai,Terbesaya
Dentist Jln Ubud Raya, Terbesaya
Health Clinic Jln Ubud Raya
Police Jln Tegalalang, Terbesaya
Dewa House Jln Ubud Raya
HOTELS IN UBUD
There are several up-market luxury resorts overlooking the Ayung River valley near the villages of Sayan and Kedewatan, around 2-3 km north-west of central Ubud.
These include Amandari, Four Seasons Resort, The Chedi, Begawan Giri Estate, Banyan Tree Kamandulu, Kupu Kupu Barong, and the Cahaya Dewata Bungalows.
Oka Kartini Jln Cok Gede Rai, Terbesaya
Puri Saren Jln Ubud Raya
Saraswati Jln Ubud Raya
Siti Bungalows Jln Kajeng
Tjampuan Hotel Jln Ubud Raya, Campuan
Ulan Ubud Jln Ubud Raya, Campuan
Ananda Cottages Jln Ubud Raya, Campuan
Cecak Inn off Jln Ubud Raya, Campuan
Matahari Jln Pos, Terbesaya
Menara Hotel Jin Ubud Raya
Mumbul Inn Jln Ubud Raya
Munut Bungalows Jln Campuan, Campuan
Sudarsono Bungalows Jln Ubud Raya
Ubud Hotel Jln Suweta
Ubud Inn Jln Monkey Forest, Padangtegal
Adur Jln Raya, Campuan
Arjuna Inn Jln Campuan, Campuan Kelod
Dwi Tunggal Gg Penestanan, Penestanan Kaja
Kardi Jln Campuan, Campuan Kelod
Londo Pugur Gg Penestanan
Penestanan Homestay Gg Penestanan
Sadia Jln Campuan, Campuan Kelod
Sadri and Rasmi Gg Penestanan
Sari Homestay Jln Raya, Campuan Kelod
Ganesha Jln Campuan, Penestanan Kelod
Budget — Ubud/Padangtegal
Adi Jln Sugriwa, Padangtegal
Agus Pension off Jln Monkey Forest, Padangtegal
Alit House Jln Monkey Forest, Padangtegal
Arjana Jln Kajeng, Ubud
Artini old Denpasar Road, Padangtegal
Budi Jln Pos, Terbesaya
Fibra Inn Jln Monkey Forest, Padangtegal
Frog Pond Inn Jln Monkey Forest, Padangtegal
Gayatri Jln Monkey Forest, Ubud
Gerhana Sari off Jln Monkey Forest, Padangtegal
Ibu Rai off Jln Monkey Forests Padangtegal
Karyawan Beautiful off Jln Monkey Forest, Padangtegal
Garden Jln Monkey Forest , Padangtegal
Madri Pension past Monkey Forest Temple, Padangtegal
Mawar Homestay Kampung Aman, Ubud
Masih Jln Sugriwa, Padangtegal
M.F. Hideaway Jln Monkey Forest, Padangtegal
Nick’s Pension off Jln Monkey Forest, Padangtegal
Pondok Indah Kampung Aman, Ubud
Pondok Sari Kampung Aman, Ubud
Puri Muwa Jln Monkey Forest, Ubud
Rama and Sita behind Nomad ‘s, Padangtegal
Rojas Jln Kajeng, Ubud
Suartha old Denpasar Road, Padangtegal
Tantri old Denpasar Road, Padangtegal
Tjanderi Losmen Jln Monkey Forest, Ubud
Wahyu Losmen Jln Monkey Forest, Ubud
Warsa Jln Monkey Forest, Padangtegal
Weda Jln Pos, Terbesaya
RESTAURANTS IN UBUD
Note: B/R = Bar and Restaurant
Bendi B/R Jln Monkey Forest, Ubud
Beggar’s Bush B/R Jln Raya, Campuan
Cacik Jln Raya, Campuan
Cafe Wayan Jln Money Forest, Padtgl
Canderi Jln Monkey Forest, U bud
Fibra B/R Jln Monkey Forest, Padtgl
Griya Jln Raya, Ubud
Han Snel Garden Restaurant B/R Jln Kajeng, Ubud
Harry Chew Jln Monkey Forest, U bud
Kartika Jln Suweta„ Ubud
Lotus Cafe Jln Raya, Ubud
Menara Jln Raya, (Jbud
M. M. Warung Jln Suweta, Ubud
M.F Hideaway Jln Monkey Forest, Padtgl
Mumbul Restaurant Jln Raya, Ubud
Munut Jln Campuan, Campuan
Murni’s Warung Jln Raya, Campuan
Mustika Jln Raya, Ubud
Nomad B/R Jln Raya, Ubud
Sari Jln Raya, Campuan
Sayan Jln Raya, Ubud
Shadana Vegetarian Jln Raya, Ubud
Tjampuan Hotel B/ R Jln Raya, Campuan
Ubud Raya Coffee Jln Raya, Terbesaya
Ubud Restaurant Jln Monkey Forest, Padtgl
Kupu Kupu Jln Raya, Campuan
TRANSPORTATION IN UBUD
Ubud is around 35km north of Kuta Beach, or 30km north of Sanur.
Public transport between the beaches and Ubud is difficult because all public transport stops at the Batubulan Terminal on the northern outskirts of Denpasar.
To get to Kuta from there you also need to change bemo at Tegal Terminal, or to Sanur the change is at Kereneng Terminal. Far easier is a shuttle bus for tourists run by one of the tour companies in Ubud along Jalan Raya Ubud, or Jalan Monkey Forest.
Allow 1 – 2 hours for the trip, and even longer if going to the airport.
Travel Agents & Car Rental
Perama Bus Ubud Jln Raya Padangtegal, Pengesokan (south of Monkey Forest)
Tel. 361 973 316
Bali Goro Jln Raya, Ubud
Mumbul Tour Jln Raya, Ubud
Nomad Car Hire Jln Raya, Ubud
Gusti ‘s Jln Raya, Ubud
Purpa Car Jln Raya, Ubud
Bali Coach Tour & Freight Jln Monkey Forest, Ubud