Tranquil Ubud (part I)

Hi all! Yes, it’s been a while since my last post, as things have been very hectic lately (or am I being lazy and that’s just me finding alibi?). How does life treat you for the last few weeks? I hope you’re doing great, anyway. If not? That’s ok, everyone got their hard times, and however it would never stay forever, but surely it will define and reform the better you. We just have to remain positive.

Sooo, if you happen to follow my Instagram account, perhaps you already knew that I went to Ubud for days last week. Well, that’s just the pics on Instagram that you’ve seen, and now here, I’m going to tell you the story behind our (not-too) sudden trip to Ubud.

It was a random thought between me and Aprishi Allita couple weeks ago in the middle of a casual chit chat in our favorite lunch-time-place called Pacific Place (don’t ask why). We’re talking about our desire to go somewhere to break our routines. It wasn’t only Ubud at the first place. We’re thinking about Bangka Belitung, Lombok, Ubud, also Vietnam! But then, after having a holistic consideration, the choice fell on.. this very tranquil city, named Ubud.

I must say, our trip to Ubud was kind of blessed. We bought the tickets on the last day of a travel site’s promo, we also got a great deal for the hotel for almost 60% off, and another coincidence was; our stay in Bali was at the same time with promo period of a Taxi company, which gave us free ride! Happy!

Didn’t want to lose the time, we decided to have a super morning flight. We landed at Ngurah Rai on Tuesday morning, and had our lunch at KZU, Sunset Road. This one is a-must-visit restaurant if you’re looking for a healthy yummy meals!

KZU Sunset Road
KZU Sunset Road

Right after having our lunch, we went straight to Ubud. It took around an hour to reach Ubud from Denpasar. We’re staying at Sura Inn, between Jalan Raya Pengosekan and Jalan Hanoman, quite strategist and close to some nice cafes and restaurants. This budget hotel with minimalist architecture turned out to be very nice. The staffs are so friendly and helping. It only costed us IDR 800k for our 4D3N stay! Kiss goes to that famous hotel booking site which gave us 60% discount for this.

Mbak Wina, our hotel officer with Balinese daily offering
Mbak Wina, our hotel officer with Balinese daily offering

Since both of us can’t ride a motorcycle, so we decided to rent bikes. It was also our first attempt riding bikes after so many years anyway hahaha. Ubud is pretty friendly with bikes, you just really need to be a lil bit more careful riding it around Jalan Raya Ubud for its traffic density, and prepare yourself to take a walk holding your bike on some uphill roads, like the one on Jalan Raya Monkey Forest.

The bike rental
The bike rental

We spent our days by taking a stroll in and around Ubud. Funny thing is, we were often mistaken for foreigners, though clearly we don’t have the look for not being Indonesian. I guess, it’s because of domestic visitors rarely stroll around with bikes and stay in Ubud for days. Even in our hotel, some places we went, and some restaurants we visited, we’re like the only local visitors. Not too surprising anyway, since it’s a common thing that the local visitors mostly would prefer to stay in Kuta area and doing a quick visit to Ubud just for lunch at Bebek Bengil restaurant, rather than to stay for days in Ubud. But the fact is, Ubud is worth more that just a quick culinary visit. The more you dig, the deeper you will fall for it.

Ubud is so full of hidden gems! So, just before we had our trip to Ubud, I browsed and read on some articles about Ubud, and I stumbled upon a foreigner’s blog. She wrote the story about her one month stay in Ubud, and she also portrayed her family daily life in the midst of Nyuh Kuning village. Turned out, the village is not too far off from our hotel. So, Nyuh Kuning village was definitely being one of our destinations. And how was the village? You might say I’m exaggerating, but it was truly the nicest neighborhood I had ever seen (and felt!).

can you feel the serenity?
The road in Nyuh Kuning village. Can you feel the serenity?
a happy lady from the field
A happy lady from the field
one of small organic alleys in Nyuh Kuning
One of small organic alleys in Nyuh Kuning
Look at the golden light!
Look at the golden light!
A restaurant on the side road
A restaurant on the roadside
Details at the front house
Details at the front house
I couldn't stand the colours!
I couldn’t stand the colours!
A cultural parade to welcome a guest
A cultural parade to welcome a guest
Bu Ayu, the friendly fruitseller
Bu Ayu, the friendly fruitseller
Pak Dewo, the painter who has been painting since 6 y.o!
Pak Dewo, the painter who has been painting since 6 y.o!

There’s no single way I couldn’t fall in love with Nyuh Kuning! Spending like two hours or more to stroll around, step aside to talk with locals and take photos, we definitely enjoyed our time there.

One thing for sure, in Ubud, the people are too nice, warm, and somehow happy! I started the hashtag #tranquil_ubud from the very first day of our stay, and I guessed it was totally a right diction to be chosen. Tranquil. Despite all the physical beauty that it holds, there’s something magical and soothing here in Ubud. Perhaps, it’s the people in it, who transmit positive vibes to their surroundings. Perhaps it’s the air in it, which vapours serene feeling that we inhale into our lungs. Perhaps.

Our rides, the main contributor for our exploration B-)
Our rides, the main contributor for our exploration B-)

See you on the next chapter of our Ubud trip! Wait wait 😉

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3 thoughts on “Tranquil Ubud (part I)

  1. i ve been followed your feed on instagram. Bali is beautiful place…. your lense captured so well.

    Once more, I read your interview on Kanekin. Love the words “visual characteristic”. Going to apply them to my account!

    Thx

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