Ubud was a terrible two hour drive from Kuta. It was hot, traffic was bad, and wearing my pack made my shoulders hurt.

I didn’t book ahead, so had to drive around looking for a place. I ended up doing pretty good, and found a place in a nice compound overlooking the jungle.

The only downside to the place was that it was really hard to find at night. I would have to drive up and down the street until I spotted the tiny sign.

Ubud’s pretty spread out, and I needed my motorbike to get around. I would discover pretty much all of Indonesia is like that.

Ubud is jam-packed with attractions. There’s the palace, the monkey forest, temples, museums, art galleries, a scenic walk Balinese dance, rice terraces.

And there’s more outside of town. Bali is small enough that practically anywhere can be seen as a day trip from Ubud. It’s the perfect base for exploring Bali.

I would be spending five nights here. Most of my days were pretty busy.

This stunning temple, Pura Saraswati, is right in town.
This stunning temple, Pura Saraswati, is right in town.
The palace is the epicenter of Chinese tourists.
The palace is the epicenter of Chinese tourists.
The Ubud market
The Ubud market
The Monkey Forest is more than just monkeys. It's amazing temples too.
The Monkey Forest is more than just monkeys. It’s amazing temples too.
I don't think this monkey wanted its picture taken.
I don’t think this monkey wanted its picture taken.
Beautiful rice terraces surround Ubud.
Beautiful rice terraces surround Ubud.
Terry
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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