The picturesque place Ubud is considered the cultural center of Bali. The name is derived from the Balinese word ubad, which means medicine. Ubud was known for a long time as the village of the painters. The main street of Ubud is Jalan Raya Ubud with many shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. There are performances of traditional Balinese dancers every afternoon. The Puri Lukisan museum consists of three buildings with modern and traditional Balinese art. At the end of a long road known as the monkey forest road is a forest that is protected area for three groups of long-tailed monkeys. In the forest, there is an important temple complex and a cemetery. The old Hindu complex is overgrown with trees and is the domain of the apes. You would be wise to stick to the warning against feeding the monkeys. They are naughty, inventive and can suddenly become aggressive. So, do leave them in their value.
Ubud is surrounded by rice fields, which gives you a wonderful Asian feeling. Most people, however, come to Ubud for culture. Many (Western and local) creative people live in Ubud. From digital nomads and artists to chefs and furniture makers. But you can also go to Ubud for a beauty treatment, cooking course, evening out or yoga course.
The best way to explore Ubud is by bike. The special thing about cycling through the rice fields around Ubud is the peace and color of the surroundings. Not often do you see this special color green in nature. It is nice to stop at the rice fields and enjoy the view.
In Ubud you can also find many coffee plantations where the famous Kopi Luwak coffee is made. The berries of the coffee plant are eaten by an animal (the Loewak), which eventually will expel the kernel from the berries. This makes one of the most expensive coffees in the world. Do not visit these plantations if you like animals. The Loewak are in cages and kept under unnatural conditions. Even though you will not see this immediately.
Now you might think, what does Watersports Bali do in Ubud? Well, Ubud is also one of the most beautiful places in Indonesia to go rafting or tubing. The Ayung is the longest river in the Indonesian province of Bali. Here you discover the beautiful and unspoiled nature in the heart of Bali. Cruise through rapids and under a waterfall with views, forests and lush vegetation on both banks.