This post was originally posted in my Bali Hitlist, but I felt it was too long and overwhelming so I decided to make it into a separate post. In one of our Bali trips in 2009 we rented a car to go on a day trip to Ubud. On the way we were amazed by all the art and culture. We stopped by:
- Silver village So cheap & nice here in Bal!
- Glass stores
- Furniture stores i.e. rattan, wood, etc.
- Art stores i.e. sculpture, paintings, etc.
Since that first trip we went to Ubud several other times. Here are some of my recommendations if you are on a day trip to Ubud.
Warung Ibu Oka
Bali Sterling Silver
There is a village on the way to Ubud that is full of silver shops. Ask your driver to stop on the way. In Ubud itself I found this amazing shop that sells silver in more contemporary designs. Aside from shopping for silver one can also take silver making workshops. More details here.
Sacred Monkey Forest
This was a unique experience for me, however it is not advise to feed the monkeysor have food in your pocket or bag. They will be able to smell it and they might harass you. Do not wear sunglasses, glasses, or any dangling/hanging objects like necklaces or earrings because they will try to steal it. You may lose them or have to pay a local to grab your stuff for you.
If ever you do decide to stay overnight in Ubud, I highly recommend Tegal Sari. It’s cheap but nice and clean They are used to catering to an international clientele. If you’re in a group you can get a cottage in the middle of the rice fields. Check out their rates & rooms online. They have a great spa! Rp85,000/hour and sooo good. They offer free transpo around town for drop off and pick up.
Once we weren’t able to get a room in Tegal Sari, we ended up in Gaya Villas. The Bamboo Villa is our favourite. Gaya has a famous art gallery and arguably the best Gelateria in Indonesia – dare I say Asia? Read more about Gaya Villas, Gaya Gelato and Gaya Artspace.
Have you ever been to Ubud? What are your favourite finds? Share them in the comments below!