Ubud is a must see traveling to Bali. It has a special artistic vibe having a lot of local artists and galleries. Ubud also has a Monkey Forest, a rather big temple and lots of trekking opportunities in the many rice fields.
If it is your first time with monkeys in the nature the Monkey Forrest can be an overwhelming experience Our baby found it amusing, but the monkeys are used to people wathcing them and not afraid of you, so be aware of your belongings.
There is a main street “Monkey Forest Road” with plenty of restaurants and charming smaller hotels. If you like to stay in the center of it all, choose one of the hotels on the main street. If you bring kids then consider to book a hotel with a pool because Ubud is sticky hot being away from the coast. We stayed in Sri Bungalow Ubud on the mainstreet. The hotel was perfect. The room was simple and rather cheap at 40 USD a night, it had a pool with a magnificient view to the rice fields. If you get a room in the back at the hotel away from Monkey Forest Road, you will experience this amazing view from your balcony to the rice fields. If you are on a budget there are homestays, some of them away from the main street and really cheap, approx. 15 USD per night.
Bring your kids and go out at night. Children are welcome anywhere and there are lots of musicians and artist performing. One night we went to watch the locals perform a fire dance, kecak dance. It is a Balinese music drama developed in the 1930s. There were at least 50 locals participating in the traditional dance. Our baby fell asleep but we enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to other families with children. The dance take place almost every night at 7 pm. The location varies.Share on Facebook