Ubud (Tegalalang Rice Terraces)
After the fun and excitement that we experienced at the three Nusa islands, the next chapter of our journey led to the northern part of Bali in Ubud.
One place that is very well-known by tourists in Ubud is Tegalalang Rice Terrace, and when I was there, I understood why it was such an attractive proposition for travellers. Unbelievably stunning, it felt like I was walking inside a picture out of a calendar. The green scenery made for an arresting spectacle. I could spend an hour or two just wandering around and snapping pictures of the surroundings while listening to the chirping of birds and the sound of the river flow. I can guarantee a hundred per cent that it will wash away whatever stressful thoughts you might have. The photographs that I took don’t do the place justice; you have to see it with your own eyes. Highly recommended.
Besides Tegalalang Rice Terrace, plenty of museums can be found in Ubud, including Agung Rai Museum of Art, Neka Art Museum, and Don Antonio Blanco Museum, while temples such as Puri Saren Agung and Saraswati Temple are also worth visiting. If you fancy seeing how monkeys interact with each other, drop by the Sacred Monkey Forest. Just be careful of the unruly ones; these mischievous simians will try to snatch away your belongings at every opportunity, including your necklace, sunglasses, hat and others that you might be wearing at the time.
How to get to Ubud
1. Rent a car IDR 225.000,- /day
2. Airport pickup-drive cost you about IDR 250.000,-
3. Taxi cost you about IDR 300.000,- or more (not recommended)
note: if you already have a hotel/guest house booked, I suggest calling them and asking they'll pick you up, it may be a lot of cheaper.