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.