As you may have read in our last post ‘ Kuta to Uluwatu‘, we have recently returned from a 7day trip to Bali, Indonesia.
On day 3 in Bali, we decided to head to the acclaimed Ubud, located in the uplands of Bali. Ubud’s Rice Terrance’s are known as some of Bali’s most iconic landscapes and you’ll see why.
Knowing very little about the journey to Ubud, we left it up to our driver to plan the stops along the way.
Our only request was to stop for breakfast in Seminyak at ‘ Cafe Organic’ Garden Gangsters. ( Check out their instagram here)
Our day trip to UBUD.
1. TOHPATI VILLAGE
TOHPATI VILLAGE is only a short drive from Kuta and is known for its batik wand weaving art. We were very impressed watching the ladies paint the fabric using tiny dots of gold paint. I can not imagine how long it would take to complete one piece.
The silver collection was pretty amazing. We watched as they made intricate silver earrings, piece by piece.
The shop was enormous and home to some of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery. The price was 50% off the shown price and then negotiable. I bought myself a beautiful tree of life silver ring. I have received MANY compliments and still can not believe how little i paid. Read more about sari dewi, here.
3. BATUAN TEMPLE
Bali Batuan Temple is a local Balinese Hindu temple looked after by the local resident of Batuan countryside. The temple is free to enter, however, it is recommended (expected) to place a donation into the box on entry.
There was no denying the rice Terrance’s as one of the most captivating places in Bali. The stunning back drop of lush greenery, surrounded by tall palm trees and a quaint village perched on the cliff face made for a insanely picture-perfect opportunity.
Nothing beat the atmosphere. As we attempted not to slip through the fields, we navigated our way around the tiny paths and gazed around at the perfectly positioned rows of rice. Rice famers walked through the fields with their triangle bamboo hats, some as old as 90.
We paid a donation at the entrance of the fields but didn’t realise there would be several families along the way asking for a donation also. We soon discovered the rice fields are looked after by many families living in the fields it is better to give less to each, rather than a large amount at the beginning. (This is optional).
At the end of the fields we stopped for lunch at Teras Padi Cafe. Best decision. The food was amazing and the view was even greater.
5. LUWAK COFFEE PLANTATION
Our final stop of the day was the Luwak coffee. While the experience was interesting, i found the luwak coffee awful and felt sorry for the poor civet cat ( i think that is what the animal is called ). I must add, the tea’s were delicious and i didn’t feel pressured to purchase anything at the end.
The worker was such a gentle and loving soul with a story to tell and experience beyond imagination. We sat with him and learnt of his life in Bali, how far he travels to work and the sadness he has experienced. It was nice to hear a lovely Australian girl comes to the plantation to sit with him and teach him english each day. If you see this man, tip him generously.
All in all, our visit to Ubud was very worth while. Make sure you take your own driver and don’t make the mistake of wearing slippery flip-flops, like i did.
Have you ever been to Bali?