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“rice field walk in ubud 2009”
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Terrigal, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
176 helpful votes
“rice field walk in ubud 2009”
Reviewed 20 May 2009


There are a number of walks around Ubud. This is one that we took.

The walk starts at jalan Kejang which is the first street on your right when walking from the Ubud markets. The street is very interesting with the surface made of blocks of concrete with the names of sponsors, individuals and businesses that helped paid for the road. There are a number of guest houses, houses, shops and small restaurants lining the street.

Eventually, the shops and houses begin to end and the street crosses a small river and leads steeply upwards until it levels out at rice fields and beautiful countryside. The street is now a dirt track which follows the river passing through rice fields, jungle, irrigation canals and the distance views of misty mountains,

Along the way there are people working in the fields and making offerings at the numerous shines that dot the corners of the rice fields

There are various shelters for living and animal enclosures, at strategic points there are shelters for resting during the day. Some are on stilts to watch the fields.

The track crosses the river again and leads up a steep embankment and intersects with a more major track. At this point you can follow the track to the left back to Ubud or continue on to the right.

At one point there are a number of shops selling handicrafts.

The track after a time diverts downhill onto a concrete walkway or continues to two rice field hotels. Taking the track downhill leads to a temple, passes numerous dwellings and irrigation canals. The track ends at a minor road. Turn to the right and walk up the road a short distance to a cross road then turn right and follow it back to Ubud markets.

6 Thank rockterrigal
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El Dorado Hills, California
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Beautiful, cultural and friendly”
Reviewed 15 November 2008

Ubud is about an hour north of Denpasar airport and a taxi should cost about $20 from there. It is very jungle-like with lots of tropical plants and animals. A variety of frogs and tokay geckos were in evening chorus: a tribute to healthy thriving nature here. We stayed near the Monkey forest and the monkeys are quite tame with good photo ops. The town is full of shops, restaurants and friendly, gentle people. This is a good place to buy art and souveniers because Ubud is home to many of the genuine balinese artisans even though their work can be seen other places on the island. Prices are quite resonable compared to the coastal towns and they love to haggle. Good food is abundant and also quite cheap. If near the monkey forest, stop into the Coffee and Copper cafe for some great food, internet and friendly folks. Beer/alchohol is more expensive in Bali than other asian countries but a large Bintang is still resonable at around $2-3. Ayung river gorge is amazing with several waterfalls and natural beauty of the indonesian jungle. I recommend a rafting trip and there are many river rafting companies, some more expensive than others (which I think has more to do with the included lunch) because they all take you to the same place. We got a better-than-advertised price on ours, but the lunch was nothing to brag about. There are a few places where you can catch dinner with cultural dances. This was worthwhile and an interesting way to enjoy your dinner. Quaint little town, not overrun with tourists. 3 days/nights is enough to get a decent feel for it if you have the time.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
44 helpful votes
“A bustling small town”
Reviewed 29 June 2008

We had a difficult choice of either choosing Ubud or Kuta to stay in. In the end, when we realised that Ubud was halfway to most of the places that we would like to see, especially the mountains, so, we finally made our choice to stay in Ubud.

Trip Advisor helped out a lot with the reviews that we have read about the various accommodations available in Ubud. We chose a few but Tepi Sawah Villa was the only one that was able to accommodate us throughout our length of stay in Ubud. Plus they had a very good review on their staff services as well. However, they are in the district of Teges, which is actually quite far to walk from Ubud town centre as we later found out. Oh well, you can't have a cake and eat it, can you?

Anyway, their response to my enquiry was quick and had arranged for the airport transfer. They were there when we arrived at the airport and the ride to the hotel was quite smooth. When we arrived at the Villa and checked in and was served with the best non-alcoholic fruit punch I have ever had, and escorted to our room - which was a very beautiful room. I love the room and it was just the way it was featured in their website. We had a quiet dinner together and the restaurant was just like 20 feet away from our villa and the swimmign pool was next to it :) nice.

The next morning, we had a fantastic indonesian breakfast - fried noodles served with shrimp crackers and delicious fruit juices. We decided to walk to Ubud town itself. Armed ourself with a map that was kindly supplied to us by the Reception, we embarked on a journey that took us almost 1-1/2 hours under the hot sun. It was a good walk... but seriously it was a dangerous walk. The pavements were sometimes uneven and going up and down - very good for cardio work out :) and the traffic was dangerous as well.. but there were plenty to see as we walkng towards the centre of the town. plenty of shops to look at as well as to shop in :)

We arrived at the Monkey Forest but we were not interested to see the Monkeys, so we walked past after taking photographs of the monkey statues at the entrance of the Monkey Forest. :)

We walked on in Ubud and we went straight to the Royal Ubud Palace. We went in and we saw our first temple. We walked around.. they were beautiful. There were lots of Stage for different occasions i guess, and some of these Stage, where the beams were coated in gold.

Then we walked on as we were lookign for a restaurant to eat our lunch. We came across Pura Saraswati Restaurant.. and had our lunch facing lily ponds and the temple entrance itself.

After lunch and taking photographs of the Pura Saraswati, we decided to visit one of the painting galleries. The entrance was not impressive but it was one of our many staircases that we have to climb during our stay in Ubud. The paintings were beautiful, unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures of it without the flash :( Finally it was almost 4pm and we decided to head back to the Villa before it gets dark at about 6.30pm.

We called Tepi Sawah Villa and they came to pick us up at 5pm at the entrance of the Royal Ubud Palace.

1 Thank Ita_Agel
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Vero Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
207 helpful votes
“A big city, with little prices.”
Reviewed 9 April 2007

Two years ago while on a tour we spent one day in Ubud. We knew then that this was a place we wanted to come back to. This time, March 2007, we spent 4 night. Ubud is a big city, museums, shopping, restaurants, a market place, temples, even a monkey park. Its a place that I am sure you will enjoy. The restaurants are excellent, Cinta, how can you beat, 2 for 1 Mojito's, food and service is excellent. Cafe Moka, for a morning snak, the desserts are great. Naughty Nuris for ribs (its right across the street from the Neka museum - a must stop) the Cafe Lotus for the best view in Ubud, Bumi Bali for local food and last bust certainly not least, the Cafe Wayan - its just beautiful. Ubud, shopping, some great shops, a market place, and a temple right in the heart of town. This is definitely a place you need to stay at least a couple of days.

4 Thank jonbarb
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