Centrally located among rolling hills and verdant rice terraces, Ubud is home to Southeast Asia’s most vibrant arts scene. The town is awash with elegant art galleries, renowned museums and historic Hindu temples. Despite its amazing popularity, the pace of life is slow and it still exudes a traditional charm that is all too rare in Bali nowadays.
The Ubud area encompasses several outlying villages, each with their own distinctive character and famous in their own right for a particular strand of the arts. There are the celebrated woodcarvers of Mas village, Penestanan is the spiritual home of expressionist painting and Peliatan has Bali’s finest dance companies.
Ubud guide – arts and crafts amongst lush green hillside
Religious adherence is all important in Ubud and not a week goes by without a colourful Hindu featival or street parade. In addition the town also hosts several international arts events such as the world famous Ubud Writer’s Festival.
Visitors from all over Bali flock here each night to watch inspiring Balinese dance performances or to dine in its sumptuous five star restaurants. It also has the most sophisticated boutique shopping in Bali and is a veritable treasure trove of high quality hand crafted souvenirs.
Ubud is also a great base for lovers of nature with abundant birdlife and stunning emerald green rice fields to explore. It attracts adrenaline junkies too as Bali’s major centre for white water rafting and kayaking. Ubud pretty much has it all and the only thing lacking is a tropical beach!
Wherever you choose to stay in Ubud you are virtually guaranteed stunning views of rolling rice terraces or deep river valleys. You can also spend days browsing the inspiring collections at its many award winning museums or explore your own artistic side with courses in painting, dance, textile making, woodcarving and much more. Perfectly located in the centre of Bali, Ubud is the best place to arrange tours and day trips around the island with the minimum of fuss.