Visiting Ubud was on my wishlist ever since I read Eat, Pray and Love some 2 years ago! It didn’t take much long! And here I am writing about my 11 days trip to this amazing country of Indonesia!
Indonesia, a South East Asian Archipelago, consists of 17,000 islands and is the world’s fourth most populous nation! It was invaded by Muslims, Portuguese and Dutch before getting independence in 1949. It has largest number of active volcanoes in the world. Whatever your interests are, there is something for everyone in Indonesia!
So, about our trip, we went to the island of Bali, which is a very popular tourist destination and spent about 8 days there. Picturesque beaches, Hindu temples (lots of them!!), lush green rice terraces, the culture, the indulgence of massages & spa, and the friendly people… everything about Bali is mesmerizing!
Bali has majority of Hindu population as opposed to the Muslim majority of Indonesia! And one can witness this in every nook and corner of the island.
Every house has a temple and there are religious offerings everyday.
We stayed in both Seminyak and Ubud for four days each. Seminyak attracts lot of Aussie tourists because of its beach-club culture, a contemporary side of island of Bali. Indulge in spas and enjoy cocktails at amazing beach clubs like Potato Head Beach Club and Ku De Ta!
The very contemporary Potato Head Beach Club!
Quite a lot of other tourist destinations are closer from Seminyak, which we visited from here. The cities like Seminyak, Kuta, Legian are adjacent to each other and you never realise after one cross-road, one city ends and the other starts! Seminyak is heaven for clubbers and partygoers!
If you wish to see the colors of real Balinese culture, Ubud is the place to be! The city, rather village, is so serene and beautiful! You can visit heaps of temples from Ubud also.
Enjoy the Kecak Dance
Sip the famous Luwak coffee!
For the cooking passionates, learn Balinese cooking like I did or just stroll in the market and enjoy shopping endlessly for local artifacts, Batik and Balinese soaps, and cosmetics! If you visit Bali and stay at one place, it must be Ubud! If staying at different places, one has to be Ubud! I just loved Ubud.
Indonesian Tourism generally means Bali for most of tourists. But, Indonesia has much more to offer in terms of the ancient cultural heritage. We visited city of Jogjyakarta / Yogyakarta in Java on my sister’s recommendation! And amazing it was! Yogyakarta boasts of two 8th century temples from Shailendra (Budhdhist Dynasty) and Mataram (Hindu Dynasty) which are both now world heritage sites maintained by UNESCO.
Yogyakarta is the educational capital of Indonesia with over 60 universities!
Not many people visit islands other than Bali which hold their own surprises! More pictures and details to come soon for various places visited on this exciting trip 🙂