Five Days In Ubud
The first stop on my trip is Ubud, a town in upper Indonesia known for its crafts and dance. The city area is filled with restaurants, spas, and specialty local shops. Take a step out to the surrounding districts and you will find endless rice paddies and rainforest.
Luckily, my friend Breanna came with me for her vacation and to meet up with her cousin that lives in Bali. It was a nice transition into my trip. To be able to get my feet wet with a familiar face and not have to dive right into my solo trip. That was a shitty analogy since I can’t swim but you get the point.
Ubud: The City Core
Ubud has 3 main streets where we spent most of our time with a large variety of shops. Jalan Raya Ubud runs east-west through the center of the town. Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Hanoman extend south of Jala Raya Ubud and loop back into each other.
The streets are filled with people and traffic, building construction is haphazard, and you can’t go a street without someone selling you something. But look a bit deeper and you start to see the charm of the city.
We spent most of our time in the city just checking out shops, eating, lounging in cafes when it got too hot or busy, and getting Balinese massages.
Outside of the City
We took a day trip outside of the city to the Tegenungan Waterfall, Luwak Coffee Plantation, and Tegallalang Rice Terrace. This was a long filled day with alot of trekking and tourists. I suggest to bring lots of water as I felt very dehydrated at times with the hot weather. Other than that, the views are absolutely stunning and worth the effort.
The waterfalls seem to be busy at all times of the day but our driver said the earlier the better as families start going in the afternoon. It’s a short trek of about 15 minutes down steps and trails to get to the waterfall. This was a very tough area for me to shoot as there was so much mist from the waterfall and the winds did not keep my lens dry. Not to mention the amount of tourists that are swimming or just generally in the way. Luckily I got a few shots I was happy with!
Our next stop was the Luwak Coffee Plantation. I didn’t get a good shot of the animals as they’re nocturnal and didn’t show up in the daytime. The process they use is they allow the animals to digest the raw coffee beans and use their droppings to create the final product. I’m not a big coffee drinker but damn that was one of the best ones I’ve tasted.
Our final stop was at the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. This place is absolutely stunning and one that has to be seen in person to appreciate it. Get ready to do some trekking as the trails go in all directions to get you to the top. It was a bit cloudy by the time we got here so I wasn’t 100% happy with how the shots came out.
I know what you’re thinking… 4 pictures of food Alan? The biggest foodie and fatass and only 4?! I’m as disappointed as you are. A few times I forgot because I was so hungry and just scarfed down my food.. some were really bad lighting and didn’t turn out well. Next stop at Canggu there will definitely be more. Overall, the food here is cheap if you look for it and out of the touristy areas. Average meal costs around $6-7 CAD and that’s me eating (usually 2 dishes).
Next stop, Canggu/North Kuta with more beaches, surfers, and laid back atmosphere 🙂