Some days ago I decided to make a trip to Ubud with my friends Justus and Tim. It’s a city 40 km north from Seminyak where I am living. We decided to drive with scooters and make the trip without any guides to save some money and be independent in which places we want to see and how long we want to stay.
The way took around 1,5 hours because of the traffic, which is quite nervy when you just want to arrive after driving in the hot sun. After arriving Ubud we parked our Scooters and took a walk through the city centre. We passed a market and hoped to see interesting local products to buy. But it was a litte bit disappointing, because they just offered typical souvenir stuff for tourists. In general we perceived Ubud as a city which is not so pretty with to many tourists.
Anyways we went to the monkey forest to see small monkeys which are running and climbing around without any cages. We had the chance to watch them, how they fight, relax and sometimes steal some tourists their water bottles. As you can see we could take some pictures with them. The price: They bate me in the back and in my arm. But it didn’t really hurt.
After the monkey forest we continued walking to see the famous rice fields of Ubud. We asked a local for the way and followed his description by driving with our scooters. After driving another 20 minutes and trying to find the right way we finally found a small way which took us to a mountain. We arrived in small villages where local farmers grow the rice in terraces, which are very famous for Bali. Far away from the tourist swarm, we just drove through small villages to see how the locals live. We were really impressed to see the easy way of living of these people in their small cottages and considered if they live totally autarkic and independent from local stores.
We headed really far in hinterlands of so that we had to drive a long way afterwards to come back to the large streets, which leaded back to Seminyak. In the end I would like to hand out an advice: After sunset it can be really cold in Ubud because it lays a little bit higher than Seminyak. So take warm clothes. Otherwise you have to freeze on the way back – like I did.