Ubud is recognised as the art and cultural area of Bali. It is a lush green hill town that is located just 35 km northeast of Bali’s International Airport. Due to traffic, the driving time from Seminyak is approximately 45 minutes (but can be significantly longer during high season). As Ubud is 600 meters above sea level, the temperature is cooler than the coast. There are many interesting things that make Ubud such a special place; rice fields, small traditional villages, art and craft communities, spiritual activities, ancient temples, palaces, rivers, cheap accommodation and unique luxury hotels.
If you would like to explore Bali, Ubud’s central location makes it the perfect starting point to access the mountains, beaches and farming areas in the north, east, and west of Bali.
Accommodation & Real estate
Ubud tends to be more reasonably priced than the beach towns of southern Bali. You will find that there is an array of luxury boutique accommodation options mingling with International or locally owned and run resorts and spa retreats, many of them offering options of river, rice field or valley view. Ubud also has many cheaper hotels, that offer high quality rooms at a cheap rate, and for backpackers, home stays, which are the cheapest form of lodging, are plentiful. These are good places to stay if you want to meet the locals.
Central Ubud features a selection of everything from cheap houses to luxury villas. There are beautiful plots of land available to purchase and develop villa, hotels, or private houses on. The types of land on offer ranges from a lush tropical environment, rice fields, hills or valley views. The price for land in Ubud is high, but just five minutes drive by car you will find that the price is slightly cheaper.
Ubud and its surrounding areas offer a wide range of accommodation options ranging from "homestays", villas, and luxury hotels. Click here to see online reviews and prices for accommodation options in and close to Ubud.
Essentials & Amenities
All your essential items are easy to find in Ubud. There are several big supermarkets and plenty of convenience stores. For organic items, fresh bread, and fresh produce head to Bali Buda, Sari Organic and Ubud Farmers market. The Farmers Market open every Saturday morning at 9.30 am until 2.00 pm.
Ubud has a 24-hour medical service that has been improving steadily over the years. Other than that there is daytime facilities available at a small hospital near the area of Mas. The standard at this facility is quite acceptable. For major health problems, you will need to travel to the Denpasar area where there are international clinics and hospitals. There is one international school, Pelangi School, which is based on the British National Curriculum combined with Indonesian National Curriculum. Green School is another option, 15 minutes south of Ubud. This international school has an innovative curriculum, which focuses on encouraging students through a holistic approach to education.
Traffic and Transport
There are times when a traffic jam is expected, such as high season, on the weekends and if there is road works, but mostly the traffic is fairly light. The sidewalk is often blocked with parked motorbikes and sometimes-even cars, but this is also common in most areas of Bali. One thing to remember is that the sidewalks are not smooth. Watch out for holes, uneven steps, or other potential stumbling points and carry a flashlight (torch) at night. Most people like to walk around central Ubud, but you are going to need a car or motorbike to explore the extended area of Ubud. Bicycles, rentable for around RP 50,000 per day, are another convenient and environmental way to get around. Taxi’s are plentiful, but some don’t use meters so you will need to ask what the price will be before you get in the car.
Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. One of Bali’s major arts and culture centres, it has developed a large tourism industry. Ubud has a population of about 30,000 people. Recently, it has become difficult to distinguish the town itself from the villages that surround it - wikipedia
Tourism Information Offices
- JI Bakungsari, Tel: +62 361 751660 ext 145
- Ground Floor, Century Plaza Building, JI Benesari No7, Tel: +62 361 754090
Key phone numbers
- Police 112 or 0361 751 598
- Ambulance 118
- Fire Brigade 113