BOOK AT SAMAYA UBUD
The Samaya Ubud offers free shuttle service to Ubud centre 24 hours a day based on car availability.
Here is a list of some of the place you can visit in Ubud Center:
Puri Saren Ubud (Ubud Palace) is an Ubud Kingdom Palace with beautiful Balinese traditional houses as a residence of Ubud King. It is set in the center of Ubud Bali with traditional art market just in front of it and it is found by Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel who has commanded from year 1800 - 1823. This palace is an artistic cultural life center, while the traditional market is the symbol of local economics resident. The existence of Puri Saren as a palace is equipped by a Wantilan/ auditorium that is a large building of meeting room and a banyan tree as shelter place at the daytime. The traditional market is the place of local commerce and its get up next to on palace as artistic cultural life center. It means that the both pole meeting is describing the dynamics of society and kingdom life.
Where you can find various kinds of Balinese souvenir for cheap prices, medium prices or expensive prices. Expect to bargain with vendors and ask for good quality items. Most shops are selling paintings, apparel, house wares, antiques gifts, etc.
Ubud Monkey Forests a small rain forest in which a group of monkeys and other tropical animals lives. It is strategically located in the hearth of Ubud Village, precisely located in the region of Padang Tegal Village, Ubud Sub district and Gianyar Regency. Monkey Forests in Balinese language called Wanara Wana are spread out in the island and Ubud Monkey Forest itself own very important function of the continuity the monkey habitat in Bali. Meanwhile the local community plays an important role in keeping this forest naturally in order so that these wild animals are able to live smoothly. Try recommended restaurants, galleries, and visit the shopping points along Monkey Forest road.
As an art village, Ubud has plenty of museums give you further information about story of Ubud. Puri Lukisan, Don Antonio Blanco Museum, Neka Museum to see. Visit one of them to Museum such as: Museum Art Museum, and Agung Rai.
Barong is probably the most well- known dance. It is also another story telling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil. This dance is the classic example of Balinese way of acting out mythology, resulting in myth and history being blended into one reality.
The Ramayana is a great Hindu epic that is loved all over South East Asia. The full story is massive, and told only in episodes. The most popular episode tells the story of Prince Rama, his wife Sita, and his brother Laksmana. They were banished from their kingdom and wandering through the forest.
The Kecak is an unusual Balinese dance for a couple of reasons. First, there is no musical accompaniment. The gamelan is not there. Rhythm is provided by a chanting 'monkey' chorus. The polyrhythmic sound of the chanting provides the name, 'Ke-chok'. It’s performed by 30-50 men in a group. The main story line for the Kecak is taken from the Ramayana. Prince Rama goes hunting for a golden deer and his beautiful wife is kidnapped by the evil Rahwana.
Another way to immerse yourself in the rich Balinese culture is to take a short course with local artists who are more than happy to share their personal experience with you. Find how Balinese artists make silver, various batiks, paintings, kites, beadwork, masks, and puppets. Learn Balinese Dance and traditional gamelan instrument. Call your host or butler to get more information.
Ubud is a remarkable place in the middle of the island of Bali. For more than a century, it has been the island's preeminent center for fine arts, dance, music and culture.
Ubud is arguably the best place to use as a base if you're visiting Bali, if you're looking for culture, comfort, nature and inspiration. Ubud is surrounded by most of the things that bring people to Bali -- scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces, and rivers. The central location of Ubud makes it easy to get from Ubud to the mountains, beaches, and major towns. There are plenty of interesting things on the main streets, but most of the magic of Ubud is hidden away.
The name Ubud is derived from the word 'ubad' meaning medicine, and refers to the myriad variety of healing plants found at Ubud and the surrounding environs. In historical Ubud, people came to heal themselves and meet the healer or holy man who lives in Ubud. Plenty of sacred place are used as a meditation venues, and the ancient people of Ubud believed that the natural spring water contained the Holy Spirit in the modern times. People still believe that Ubud has many 'ubad' (medicines) to help them recover from much disease. People believe that visiting Ubud can help maintain mental spiritual balance, and serenity of body and soul.