1. Experience an amazing meal at an organic restaurant. The two I absolutely love are Sari Organik and Juice Ja Cafe. You can contact Sari Organik at 780-1839 or [email protected] They don’t have a website. You’ll find Juice Ja Cafe on Dewi Sita off of Monkey Forest Road (right at the football field). Here’s a review. If you are in Ubud during avocado season be sure to have an avocado juice at Sari’s….absolutely the best on Bali!
2. Have a spa or two or three. The spas in Ubud give the phrase “budget pampering” a whole new meaning. Located down a short lane off of Monkey Forest Road is my favorite, the Verona Spa. A one hour balinese massage is only $10.00US, or try my favorite….Balinese Boreh……2 hours of pampering for only 17.50US!
3. Take a cooking class. This is definitely one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the rich Bali culture, and sample some delicious Balinese cuisine. Imagine impressing your friends at home with a dinner party Bali style.
4. Immerse yourself in an evening of Balinese dance.
5. Spend a morning, an afternoon, or a day exploring the art museums and galleries. The ARMA and the Neka are both home to some fantastic Balinese style artwork. Their grounds are worth of a stroll. Admission is a couple of dollars. I like the book shop at the Neka.
6. Wander through the rice paddies for a few hours in the early morning before the heat of the day. Bring your camera to catch some amazing photo opportunities. Watch the farmers working the fields.
7. Be sure not to miss the Bali Bird Park. You’ll need 4 or 5 hours to enjoy all the exotic birds. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant. If you like seafood, try the calamari. Definitely, the best!
8. Take some time to people watch, and simply enjoy the quaint ambiance of this little town. Enjoy tea or coffee at one of the many great cafes.
9. Relax and soak up the sun beside the pool at your budget hotel. Starting at $20.00US per night (including breakfast) the Ubud Bungalows is an incredible choice.
10. Visit the “Threads of Life” and learn about the beautiful textiles produced in Bali and Indonesia. Chances are you’ll find the perfect gift.