Date of stay: June 2013
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
I recently went to Bali in June 2013 with my friend and we stayed in Ubud. We were only in Bali for 3 days (too short) but it was amazing!! Ubud has so much culture and beauty everywhere, we are very happy that we stayed here instead of somewhere like Kuta. All the hotels/hostels are home stays in traditional Balinese house compounds, and all owned by the families. There are no fancy built-up hotels owned by foreigners, which is a big reason why this place is so special. The first two days we did tours around the area. We did a bike tour, which I highly recommend, as you go through several small towns and in small areas a car might not be able to reach. You also can go your own pace and are able to look all around you as you experience riding through the villages. Our guide was very knowledgeable and taught us all about the Balinese culture and what it means, and how their housing compounds work. We also visited a coffee plantation, rice fields and one of the famous volcanoes. Our next tour was a driving tour all around the Ubud area to various villages that are each known for making different crafts (woodworking, painting, batik fabric, silversmithing, etc.) This was very touristy but still cool all the same. Driving around is at least a good way to get to see the island more. Our guide on this tour was also very nice and knowledgeable, as he was born and raised here.
These tours included food and all for roughly $40 (AUS)!
On our last day we did a half day in Kuta, our departure flight was at midnight so this worked perfectly for us. The beach was beautiful and Kuta looked like a fun place to be for partying, etc. However, it is extremely touristy and people are constantly asking for you to buy something everywhere you look..a bit annoying. We were very glad we didn't stay here, but it was nice to see the beach and stuff.
I LOVE to travel, and I seek the more cultural experience, like in Ubud, where I learn a lot while travelling. I most definitely want to go back to Bali, for much longer this time. My friend and I were on a pretty tight budget and time frame, but I’m glad we squeezed in 3 days here!
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Overall rating destination: 4 out of 5