The cultural epicentre of Bali, Ubud is nothing like the holiday party scene found in Kuta. Renowned for its wealth of traditional art and craft, the town village features a number of art galleries and workshops where you will find amazing architecture and unique pieces of artwork.
It is recommended you holiday at Ubud for no less than a week in order to see and experience all that is has to offer. There are a wide range of cultural and historical attractions however most are out of the town and are best explored on a guided tour. Attractions like Pura Kehen, Gunung Kawi, Goa Gajah and Tirta Empul can be accessed by anyone but in order to fully appreciate their cultural, spiritual and historical significance it is recommended you are joined by a knowledgeable guide.
To the south of Ubud, the landscape is brimming with rich green rice paddies that gently slope away as far as the eye can see. It is worth taking a minute to truly appreciate this stunning natural wonder. To the north east Ubud's terrain undulates, creating excellent viewing points for photographing the rice terraces. Tegallalong is a local village that is also a popular tourist stop for taking in the rice fields.
Ubud has a good range of holiday shopping available offering everything from jewellery and art stores to boutique shops on Jl Raya Ubud and Jl Monkey Forest. There are also local markets where you'll find traditional handicrafts and small trinkets which make excellent gifts and keepsakes.
With an elevation around 600m above sea level, Ubud's weather and climate is noticeably cooler than Bali's coastal regions. During the daytime the temperatures and humidity are generally quite mild but temperatures can drop and actually get quite cool at night.
Ubud is uncongested and much of the region is easily navigated on foot, although there are also metred taxis and rental motorbikes available. The local ojeks or scooters are always looking for passengers and are a fast and cheap option if you're feeling brave but they are unsuitable for families.