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Ubud is a more cultural and art destination, packed with temples. Ubud is the ideal place for a dose of Balinese culture - made up of a mixture of small villages up in the mountains, it oozes creativity and spirituality. One minute you could be witnessing cultural dancing, then the next you could be immersed in the arts and crafts or the yogi scene. Connect with nature in the rainforest and rice paddies, wander the Hindu temples and shrines, and allow yourself to fully disconnect from the outside world. Check out our exclusive Ubud resort holidays HERE...>>>
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Things to do in Ubud.
Ubud Monkey Forest.

Like monkeys and love seeing animals running around doing their own thing? Enter Ubud's Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - a nature reserve and a Hindu temple combined. It's located in the Padangtegal village and serves up as a spiritual, economic, educational and conservation place for the village. Just make sure the mischievous little monkey's don't steal any of your things!

Tegallalang Rice Terrace.
If you've known anyone that's been to Bali, you'll have seen the overly-Instagrammed image of these rice terraces, but when you arrive you'll see why. An abundance of greenery, you can sit at the top and look over the terraces, watching locals farm, or wander further down into the rice paddies. It's best to visit in the morning or late afternoon.

Practice yoga.
If you're looking for it, Ubud is a great place for spirituality and relaxation. There are various yoga houses, studios and retreats that you can find dotted around the district, as well as healthy (and cheap) restaurants.

Ubud art market.
Looking to get your hands on some authentic Balinese goodies? Then make a beeline for the traditional Ubud art market opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace. Most of the arts, crafts and clothing is made in the neighbouring villages so you know you're stocking up on items that will genuinely help the locals.
Go chasing waterfalls.
Don't listen to TLC, because Ubud is a great place for chasing waterfalls! Goa Rang-Reng is used by locals for spiritual cleansing, Tegenungan is in the lowland surrounded by lush greenery, or check out Kanto Lampo.

Visit ancient temples.
Ubud is dotted with temples and shrines, and give you the opportunity to witness locals taking part in spiritual rituals. Tirta Empul houses pools with fountains where pilgrims seek spiritual purification, Goa Gajah is a meditation site through a stone cave for Buddhists, Gungung Kawi offers up shrines carved into the face of a rock, and Pura Taman Saraswati is surrounded by water and lotuses.

Where to stay in Ubud.
Ubud centre.
Although the centre has been commercialised due to the tourists swarming in, there's still a lot of authentic culture and untouched beauty in the area. It's a great place to base yourself, and it's filled with art studios and cheap restaurants.

Pengosekan.
This small village is all about the yoga retreats, mixed in with arts like painting workshops and cultural dances. A great place if you really need to chill out, off the radar, in quiet and peaceful surroundings.

Penestanan.
This village is surrounded by lush fields and greenery, with accommodation dotted around the centre in the sleepier suburbs. The centre is lively in comparison, locals on scooters zooming through the streets, which are host to yoga classes, boutique shops, restaurants and bars.

Goa Gajah.
Home to the Hindu site Goa Gajah, this sanctuary is entered by walking through a demons mouth into a cave, with hand-carved stone work and lush jungle and rice paddies surrounding it. A peaceful place to stay for a night or two in order to visit the mysterious site.

Ubud, Bali weather: when's the best time to go?
Ubud benefits from a tropical climate, and is slightly cooler than the coast as it's up in the mountains. There are two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. Temperatures remain pretty high all year, and the rainy season is between December and January (the wettest month is January and the warmest month is October). Inevitably, the dry season can be the busiest, and although some tourists prefer not to visit in the rainy season, the rain quickly passes - so it all depends on what you'd prefer.

Economy of Ubud:
The Ubud economy is largely based on the tourism industry, which has experienced tremendous growth in the past five years. As a result, the town has seen an influx of new businesses opening up, ranging from luxury boutique hotels to local restaurants and caf├ęs.

The town's economy is also bolstered by its agricultural sector. Rice is the main crop grown in Ubud, although the region also produces a variety of other crops, such as vegetables, fruits, and spices. In addition to this, Ubud is home to a range of artisanal crafts, including pottery, woodcarvings, and textiles. Many of these products are sold to tourists, as well as to local and international markets.

In recent years, Ubud has also become a popular destination for digital nomads and remote workers. The low cost of living coupled with the stunning natural beauty of the area has made it an attractive choice for those looking to work remotely. As a result, there has been an increase in the number of co-working spaces, cafes, and other amenities catering to this type of lifestyle.

Overall, the economy of Ubud is vibrant and diverse. It is supported by both tourism and agriculture, as well as by the growing number of digital nomads and remote workers. With its stunning natural beauty and low cost of living, Ubud is a great place to live and work, and its economy is likely to continue to grow in the years to come.

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