Even a short holiday in Bali is a worthy one if get to experience the cultures, cuisines, and landscapes.
Especially in Ubud, where you can catch daily dance and music performances, explore beautiful natures and devour in their scrumptious local food.
One of Ubud’s best known attractions is Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The forest is filled with long-tailed macaques and paved footpaths surrounded the area, and you can also find central Temple (Pura Dalem Agung Padang Tegal). The monkeys are extremely well-supplied with bananas, which one can purchase at the entrance. It’s a nice place to visit early in the morning, when shops are closed, or in the heat of the day when you are looking for shade.
From there, you can walk back toward central Ubud on Monkey Forest Road and have lunch at Warung Nuri’s, a popular local eatery located on the outskirts of Ubud, on the street lined up with art galleries and fine dining restaurant, Mozaic. Naughty Nuri’s is a streetside eatery so don’t expect anything fancy. They are famous for their baby back ribs and cocktails. One thing, the BBQ ribs there is just to die for and this place is one not to be missed when in Ubud.
Just north of Ubud there are the vivid green, coconut trees covered Tegalalang rice fields. Spend time walking through the maze-like path, understand how rice is harvested and take in the beauty of this landscaped masterpiece. Once you experience about the importance of rice, prayer and offerings that the Balinese make to Dewi Sri (goddess of rice), the love and respect that the rice farmers have becomes very clear. If you have more time to visit rice fields, take an extraordinary trip to Jatiluwih terrace, this area covers 1500 acres that unfold down the mountainside.
Oh, you have to swim at Jungle Fish at Chapung Sebali, a restaurant and pool bar that is wrapped by nature lying above a river within a true Balinese valley. Lay and relax by the pool with fresh drinks and the soothing sound of water flowing. Or, if you prefer, try yourself out against the 35-metre length pool and see how many laps you can swim. Check this out!
Last but also the sweetest (literally), do not miss to visit Room 4 Dessert. Largely thanks to New York native Will Goldfarb, a brilliant pastry chef who traded the grit of Manhattan for the rice terraces of an Indonesian island. He makes amazing desserts! One year after opening, the dessert bar often does three turns a night, catering to a mix of locals, tourists, and digital nomads. He uses Indonesia’s ingredients like Kemangi, taro, and cendol for his dessert. His creme brûlée is created with cocoa paste, drops of mangosteen bitters, and Balinese sea salt. Interesting right? Take a look at their website!