Ubud is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Indonesia. Every year thousands of people head to the hills of Bali for quiet, good food and the cool, comfortable climate. When you visit, you’ll want to see all the attractions in Ubud, Bali. One of the most famous attractions in this nice very rural art village is the Ubud Market. In the market, you can find a wide array of local handicrafts, jewelry, paintings, wood carvings, a variety of fruits and vegetables and traditional Balinese food. Since the market is one of the busiest places in the entire city of Ubud, it’s best to go early in the morning before it becomes too crowded.
As one of the major attractions in Ubud, Bali, it’s one of the places that are frequented by local residents who know what is available, are used to the markets and how the vendors sell their goods. However, it’s often shocking for Western visitors who aren’t used to how overwhelming the experience can be at first. The market is quite noisy and full of people selling almost everything. Since the vendors are all trying to get you to buy from them they work hard on providing the best bargain. The entire market is a maze of walkways with hundreds of stalls and shops.
One of the attractions in Ubud, Bali that’s found at the Ubud Market, is the array of handcrafted items created by local Balinese craftspeople. Although the market has evolved from what it originally was, mainly to cater to tourists, you can still see what the Balinese markets of the past were like by visiting early in the morning. Many of the locals will visit the market as early as 5 am, and if you’re an early riser, this may be the best time for you to browse the multitude of stalls. This also gives you enough time for breakfast at one of the excellent restaurants in Ubud, before setting off for the day to do some sightseeing.
Another of the famous attractions in Ubud, Bali, which is only 20 minutes from Ubud, is the Bali Zoo, located in Singapadu, Batuan, Gianyar. Among the exotic animals that make the zoo their habitat are the Bengal tiger, Estuary crocodiles, orangutans, and Komodo dragons. The Bali Zoo houses over 350 species of animals in a natural habitat setting. Camels, kangaroos, deer, Sumatran tigers, and exotic Balinese birds are some of the other species you’ll see at the zoo. The zoo is open each day between 9 am and 6 pm. One of the special programs that are offered is the Night at the Zoo, which begins at 7 pm.
The Bali Bird Park is one of the attractions in Ubud, Bali, that’s great for a family outing or anyone that appreciates lovely birds and attractive gardens. Many of the birds that are bred in the park and make it their home, are native to Indonesia, South America, and Australia. The birds are in natural habitats or in aviaries. The park was created to protect species of birds that are in danger of going extinct, including the Palm Cockatoo, which has a call that sounds almost human. Also, the Bali starling is a beautiful local bird on display that is indigenous to Bali. Each region of the park is a habitat that was recreated to allow the birds to live in an area that they’re accustomed to. One of the favorite activities at the Bali Bird Park is that visitors may be allowed to assist in feeding some of the birds. Some visitors are also delighted to discover there is also a very nice reptile park next door. For one admission price, you can also visit the very impressive reptile park.
If you love the outdoors, one of the attractions in Ubud, Bali is to take advantage of is Bali’s Countryside Cycling. This is the perfect way to see the countryside outside of Ubud. The tour starts in Kintamani, on the edge of a stunning scenic overlook at the edge of an enormous crater caldera and huge lake. The view are really breathtaking and worth the trip. You can take a short rest here, have a cup of coffee and admire the views. From there you’ll cycle downhill to Ubud. You’ll see lush, tropical vegetation and rice fields along the way. On the tour, you may be able to visit a bamboo forest, a temple, and many traditional Balinese villages outside of Ubud. Each and every scene of the mostly downhill roughly two-hour ride is incredible. Biking straight down to Ubud, you will be surprised how fun and easy it is. At the end, grab a late lunch or early dinner in one of the many tasty restaurants in Ubud.