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The Voyage Bali – Bali is one of the most renowned tropical islands to visit. What is not to like in Bali? It is rich in culture and tradition, beautiful natural landscapes ranging from forests to mountains to beaches, friendly people, and numerous activities to do; Bali is the perfect place to decompress and have fun. One of the regions that you must visit in Bali is Ubud; if Bali is the place of culture and arts, then Ubud is the heart of it. Here are some things you should know about Ubud, so that your visit will be more enjoyable.

Ubud Glimpse
Ubud Glimpse (credit: Tripadvisor)

Best Time to Visit Bali

If you are planning for a trip to Bali, the first thing you have to do is determining the date. This step is crucial because everything in Bali, from accommodation, weather, high and low seasons, and pricing depends on when you decide to travel. Therefore, you have to know the best time to visit Bali so that you can match it up with your schedule.

Several websites have their own various recommendations of the best time to visit Bali, but all agree that it is best to explore Bali during the dry season. This means that the best time ranges from April to October, with the most recommended months being April, May, June, and September. High season ranges from July to August in which Bali is the busiest, so visiting around the recommended months will get you better deals.

There are plenty of other reasons, too, such as it is during dry season which is less humid, and room prices, along with villa rentals, will be much cheaper (around 30 to 50 percent) than high season; it is because Bali is less crowded during that time. Second, many shops give off promotions and restaurants cheaper. Third, you can take your time to fully explore Bali and enjoy what the region offers to you, like water sport activities, visiting amusement parks, forests, and other tourist attractions, or temples — Bali has a lot of them. Moreover, you do not have to worry about the traffic as it is not as crowded as it is during high season.

Best Coffee Shops and Cafes in Ubud

Are you eager to visit Ubud but worry about where to get your caffeine fix? Do not worry, for Ubud has numerous coffee shops and cafes with high quality coffee that you can visit. Their price ranges are also diverse, so if you are concerned about spending your budget but still want to have a good cup of coffee, you will still get it. From small shops to big, spacious area, take a look at the best cafe in Ubud to get you started.

Seniman Coffee Studio

This is probably the best of the best coffee shop in Ubud for several reasons. First, it is the pioneer of all coffee shops in Ubud, so the owners must be a good example as the first coffee shop in Ubud. Second, it has various types of coffee with even more types of coffee you want, like the aesthetic looking espresso to lattes. In addition, it uses Indonesian single origin coffee blend, so you can have a taste of what real Indonesian coffee is. If you want to try Indonesian food while drinking the coffee, this coffee shop also provides them.

Seniman Cafe Studio
Seniman Cafe Studio (credit: Arifsetiawan)

Juria House

This cafe may be different from other coffee shops, because they do not own a machine espresso. This means that their coffee is manually processed without the help of a machine. You do not have to worry about the taste; the coffee is as delicious as those in other coffee shops. Furthermore, this cafe uses Juria coffee which only comes from a rare Typica trees which grow in Flores, one of the Indonesian islands.

Yellow Flower Cafe

Have you ever been in a situation when you crave Western food but your travel partner wants to taste Indonesian cuisine instead? Moreover, do you also want to have a great cup of coffee while savoring your meal? This is when Yellow Flower Cafe comes into the equation.

It provides both Indonesian and Western cuisine in top notch quality which will suit everyone’s taste. The best part is that their coffee is fresh, and pastries and other treats are made with 100 percent local palm sugar from sustainable farms. The fact that the place is open air is a welcoming surprise.

Cafe Vespa

Used to be an art gallery that is not operating anymore, the owners of this cafe decided to turn the gallery into an aesthetic cafe. It is located in Penestanan Kaja, a small village in Ubud. They offer one of the best artisan coffee in Bali — it is freshly roasted each week, so do not doubt its quality. The bonus point is the cafe also provide strong WiFi, which suits those who want to enjoy their coffee while accessing the internet.

Tourist Attractions that You Must Visit in Ubud

Ubud is the center of culture and art in Bali, so you will do well by visiting some of the cultural sites there. However, Ubud not only offers cultural attractions, but also beautiful natural landscapes as well. If you spend your time in exploring every nook and cranny of the small green town called Ubud, you will not be disappointed. Here are some of the best places to visit in Ubud.

  1. Monkey Forest

This forest is filled with hundreds of friendly and mischievous long-tailed monkeys, as well as several temples, halls, and statues which are scattered around the 12.5 hectares of lush trees. You will find that the forest has mystical and serene feelings to it as you explore it, what with the temples, offerings, and monkeys to keep you company. You can say that Ubud Monkey Forest is natural, spiritual, and cultural attractions rolled into one.

Monkey Forest Ubud
Monkey Forest Ubud (credit: Tripadvisor)
  1. Goa Gajah

This place actually located in Gianyar, it is about 10 minutes from Ubud. As the name suggests, Goa Gajah (meaning Elephant Cave) is a cave used to be an ancient sanctuary complex adorned with various figures from Hindu and Buddhism. What is more interesting about this place is that there are many ornately carved stone figures resembling demons as embellishment.

Goa Gajah
Goa Gajah (credit: Shutterstock)
  1. Pura Taman Saraswati

The name “taman” (means garden) suits this water palace perfectly, as there is a garden of lotus in a majestic pond in front of the magnificent Balinese archway leading to the equally glorious palace to honor Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom and arts. This is the reason why this place is one of the most iconic places in Bali. Furthermore, the beauty of the architecture makes it one of the best places to watch traditional performances.

Pura Taman Saraswati
Pura Taman Saraswati (credit: Shutterstock)