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Wearing: Lilya Odessa top | ASOS polka dot shorts (similar here) | RMK sandals | Le Specs Neo Noir sunniesASOS Sleeping Cat bag

Ubud. Despite being just 35km from Legian, it took us almost two hours to reach it by car due to the narrow and windy roads of Bali (always multiply Google Maps’ average travel times in Bali by at least 3 times!).  However, Tom and I were so excited to arrive at Bali’s cultural centre nestled amongst coconut trees and rice paddies. The scenery here was completely different to beachside Bali where tourist-aimed stores and cafes were aplenty, however with that being said, Ubud still had its fair share of tourists!

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Wearing: To Love Kuvaa dress | Le Specs Neo Noir spotted sunnies

STAY: We stayed at a small boutique hotel just 10 minutes outside the centre of Ubud, at a place by the name of Junjungan Ubud Hotel & Spa. The hotel was situated right next to an endless expanse of rice paddies and this, coupled with the fact that there was a free shuttle taking us to and from the city centre at any time we wanted was what drew us to this booking at this hotel. An additional bonus was also the complimentary breakfast in the morning, meaning we never had to leave our room or balcony in search of food! Tom & I were unfortunately both down with a cold during our entire time in Ubud (my fault, I seem to have great expertise in catching colds in the middle of summer..) so we ended up eating many plates of nasi goreng, nasi kampung and gado gado thanks to room service.

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VISIT: Pasar Seni Ubud (Ubud Art Market) is right in the village centre, opposite Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace. This place is the perfect place to head to to stock up on souvenirs and local handicrafts and you can basically find anything and everything within the buildings and alleyways of the market. We picked up some friendship bracelets here as well as another dreamcatcher. We also saw a heap of crochet throws, mosaic plates, sarongs, clothing, bags, homewares and more. The market extends pretty far and there seems to be at least 100 stalls so I would recommend at least a few hours if you want to walk through the whole market.

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STREETSIDE: There is just so much to explore in Ubud and in our few days there we only skimmed the surface of this beautiful village. Coconuts are everywhere here and consequently, coconut desserts too. Just walking down the street opens your eyes to the tranquil ways of village life in Ubud where locals walk with baskets on their heads and eat by the streets whilst striking up a conversation with one another. Between the cafes, restaurants and shops lie entrance gates to the locals’ homes which are tucked away from the bustling street front.

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EAT: There are countless cafes and restaurants around the area and I noticed in particular that there were a heap of vegan cafes over here! Whilst not a vegan, I do enjoy vegan dishes with enthusiasm and so we stopped by this cute cafe, Soma, to check out what the food was like. I actually had a massive list of other cafes we wanted to visit but our colds brought us down to being confined to our hotel room ordering room service most of the time. Nevertheless, we did manage to come here and a couple of other places! When you look at the interior of this cafe (and many others are quite similar in design), you can probably see why I have a massive thing for Ubud. Everything is so connected to nature – coconuts are gathered on the ground, furniture is created straight from natural resources and the often open-air eateries really add an earthy charm. There’s something about being so close to nature (which I love) and yes, the food is pretty tasty too!

If you’re thinking of trying the famous suckling pig dish (babi guling), you can head to Ibu Oka just opposite Ubud Palace. It’s the most popular place to order babi guling in Ubud (according to our hotel) however make sure to go during lunch time as the restaurant is closed during the evenings.

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CANANG SARI: I am pretty sure I saw triple the amount of these offerings in Ubud than in Legian/Seminyak! They’re placed absolutely everywhere – on the footpath, outside doors, in shops, at temples and even on the dashboard of cars. From what I understand, they are created by hand daily by the Balinese to show gratitude and say thank you to the gods. Walking past these colourful baskets always serves as a gentle reminder to be thankful every day.

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LEFT, YOGA BARN: Yay, we made it to Yoga Barn! Yoga was on the top of my list of things to do in Ubud. There’s just something about an open air studio, surrounded by treetops and in Bali which makes for such an idyllic setting to do yoga and no sniffly nose was going to stop me from swinging by with a somewhat apprehensive Tom. It was Tom’s first time doing yoga and I was nervous that he might not like it and banish it from his life forever (haha) but thankfully we had the most uplifting (and super!) vinyasa flow class with one of the best yoga teachers I have ever had. Her name was Bex by the way and I would totally recommend trying one of her classes if you are into a challenging yet fun yoga practice. Yoga aside, the spirit and enthusiasm she brings to the class is pretty infectious.

RIGHT, PURI SAREN UBUD PALACE: This palace is situated in the middle of Ubud, right opposite the Ubud Art Market. It’s still home to the royal family of Ubud so most of it is roped off and you can only visit a small quadrangle within the palace. However, it’s still worth going to to check out the architecture up close to appreciate its traditional design.

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Wearing: Gorman holiday necklace | Toms shoes (similar styles here)

TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE: Whilst not in the centre of Ubud, Tegalalang Rice Terrace is just a short drive from Ubud village. When you walk towards the entrance of the rice terrace you’re greeted with breathtaking panoramic views of the entire terrain. The majority of the rice terrace is below ground level and you can walk down from one end and up the other to fully soak in the views and immerse yourself within the landscape. Probably the most magical sight I saw all holiday and so definitely worth driving out for.

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Thank you, Ubud, for our most magical stay. We really can’t wait to be back!

Photos: Thomas Debono & I

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Jeannie C
    December 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Such a lively, bustling city!

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      kisforkani
      December 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      :-)

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    Carli
    December 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Amazing and so green! Looks very refreshing and earthy like you said. Sounds like you had tons of fun x

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      kisforkani
      December 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Definitely one of my favourite places!

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    lavieenliz
    December 30, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    wow amazing travel pics!

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      kisforkani
      December 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Thanks :-)

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    Hellen
    December 30, 2014 at 4:17 AM

    wow this looks amazing
    you visit the coolest places & make them look so good, i kinda want to visit everywhere you’ve presented so far

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      kisforkani
      December 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      One of my favourite places!

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    Miss J.
    December 30, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    Beautiful pictures! The colours are amazing!!!

    I wish you happy holidays!

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      kisforkani
      December 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Thanks :-)

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    daria
    December 30, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    wonderful pics! what a nice place to visit this time of the year :)

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      kisforkani
      December 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      definitely!

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    Laura
    December 30, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    lovely lovely photos! looks like you had a beautiful time! xx

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      kisforkani
      December 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      thanks :-)

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    Ellen Faith
    December 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Absolutely stunning photos! A lot of my friends go to Bali because it’s cheap but I’ve never seen the appeal of it until recently once you make your way out of the tourist crazed capital.

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      kisforkani
      December 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      haha definitely! kuta / seminyak / legion are definitely the most tourist populated places but there’s actually so many more villages in bali that you could see, sans the tourist crowd! i would say ubud has quite a large proportion of tourists too but if you explore nearby villages it’s much more peaceful :-)

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    Andrea Ryan
    December 30, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    This place looks incredible! Your blog has some of the prettiest photos. This post is making me want coconuts too!

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      kisforkani
      December 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      haha thanks :-)

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    Bivisyani Questibrilia
    December 30, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I feel like Bali has changed quite a lot since the last time I was there (which was 14 years ago). I don’t know if I like it, it used to be much more rural. But maybe I should go there to find out.

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      kisforkani
      December 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      definitely, i’ve been told lombok now resembles what bali used to be like many years back. it was definitely much more undeveloped than bali, with a lot more greenery even near the biggest villages!

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        Bivisyani Questibrilia
        December 31, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        Yes! I’ve never been there myself but I’ve seen photos and heard stories. The sea is so blue, you would never have known such a place still exists on earth. I would recommend that for your next destination in Indonesia (and for my own bucket list). That, and Raja Ampat.

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          kisforkani
          January 5, 2015 at 10:29 PM

          we actually went to lombok after bali!! will share some photos soon over here :-) raja ampat looks amazing, will definitely have to investigate that side of Indonesia next time. Thank you for the suggestion!

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    Tallboys Apparel
    December 31, 2014 at 3:46 AM

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    Ann
    March 16, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Wonderful post with amaing pics as usual! You have inspired me to go! May I ask how long you stayed in Ubud for? I’m thinking of going for 3 days and I hope that’s enough time I check out what you did! Also, always love your pics… Which camera do you use and program for processing? Thanks so much xx

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