Bali is full of unbelievably green rice terraces and dramatic volcanoes, ancient Hindu temples and spiritual vibes, traditional dances and the friendliest people. Visit serene Ubud, Bali’s cultural capital, and spend a few days among the cafes, art galleries and street vendors losing yourself in the magic of this spectacular island.
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- Taman Ayun Temple
A temple whose name literally means "beautiful garden', the Taman Ayun Temple is known as one of the most attractive temples in Bali. The compound that this grand temple sits on is surrounded by lush, manicured gardens including a moat, fountains, canals and ornate wooden gates. Located in the village of Mengwi, this UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed in 1634 to serve as the Royal family’s temple of the Mengwi dynasty. The odalan of the Taman Ayun Temple occurs every 210 days. This religious ceremony spans out over several days, and is the only time that the third courtyard in the complex, jaba jero, is accessible.
The sprawling green town of Ubud is situated in the uplands of central Bali. This quaint town is comprised of fourteen different villages, each run by its own committee. Ubud is popularly known as an arts and crafts hub, as well as the cultural center of Bali. With a population of around 30,000 people, this town is home to vibrant rainforests, terraced rice paddies, and countless Hindu temples and shrines. Home to one of Bali's royal families, this cultural town is famous for its arts and crafts. In fact, much of Ubud consists of artisans' workshops as well as art galleries. Some of the world's most well-known artisans have visited the area, and a handful have also worked here!
- Mount Agung
Also known as Gunung Agung, Mount Agung is a currently-active volcano in Bali. Standing at nearly 10,000 ft. high (9,944 ft.), the volcano is the highest point on the island. Although Mount Agung is still active, there has not been recent activity as of 2018 when the mountain produced large ash clouds that ascended in the air over 400 meters high, which caused an evacuation of the area. Mount Agung is known for one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century, occurring in the mid-1960s. The towering volcano is responsible for influencing the area's climate, specifically its rainfall patterns.
- Rice terraces
Although Bali is known for many things, nothing compares to its iconic rice terraces. The area surrounding Jatiluwih is home to some of Bali's most beautiful terraces, known world-wide for their exotic appearances. These rice fields are spread out over 1,400 acres below the Batukaru mountain range. The rice terraces, here as well as throughout Bali, are cared for and maintained by an irrigation system that allows rice harvests up to four times every year. The irrigation system, known as 'subak', dates back to the 9th century and is still used today.
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Malaria risk is low in the tourist areas of Ubud and other resort areas of Bali. Check the links below for the most up-to-date health precautions.
Bali's dry season occurs between April and October, with heat and humidity indexes still high. Monsoon season is between November and March with January and February being the wettest months.
10% in restaurants, Rp 500 per bag for porters
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Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.
Shop for the Indonesian textile batik, gold, silver, leather crafts, baskets, cloth, porcelain, tin art objects, wood, ikat, masks, coffee, tea and honey. Be prepared to bargain for everything! Start low and expect to meet the seller at least halfway. Some of the best places in Bali to shop are the Ubud Art Market, Sukawati Art Market, Celuk Gold and Silversmiths, and the Tegallalang Handicrafts Center.
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127/230 volts. Plugs C, F, and G. A country-wide conversion to 230V is in progress, complete in principal cities. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.
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