Ubud Travel Blog› entry 3 of 28 › view all entries
From Gili Meno we headed back to Ubud. We'd been planning to see quite a bit of Bali on our return; that was before we realised we'd mis-remembered the date of our flight, and actually had three fewer days than we'd expected! In the end we only had a couple of days in Ubud.
Ubud is the cultural capital of Bali. In contrast to Kuta, there are actually nice things to do and see! We found a lovely little guesthouse to stay in, where we had a room with bathroom and a small terrace area where we could sit and have breakfast, which was included. This opened onto a small garden with a fountain; there are many such places in Ubud.
One of our days in Ubud was spent on a tour of the centre of the island, visiting various temples and also seeing the rice terraces and the volcano Gunung Batur. You can buy this standard tour from any of the little shops and agencies in town; we got ours through the tourist office. It's worth shopping around for the best price. It's supposed to be a group tour, but we were the only two people on it, so were able to go at our own pace, which was lovely. One of the temples we visited is carved into the rock at the bottom of a steep valley, and flanked by rice terraces; it's a lovely location.
One evening we went to a dance performance: the Kecak dance. It involved lots of men sitting round in a circle chanting, while actors acted out a story from Hindu tradition. This was followed by a short performance of a man kicking flaming coconut husks into the crowd, thinly disguised as a fire dance!