After 2:30 hours flight, we landed in Bali. We took a taxi to go directly to Ubud, a city that we really liked 4 years ago when we travelled to Indonesia. It was on Edouard’s bucket list to rent a villa, work as a digital nomad from a nice place, not doing so much activities. Therefore, I booked a villa with private pool and we lived 5 days in luxury!
The villa itself is amazing and you just want to spend all day here, swimming, taking a sunbath, eating and drinking in the pool. It is basically what we did every morning.
For the rest of the day, we walked around Ubud where we could see the Balinese architecture everywhere. We also went to the Puri Lukisan Museum with Balinese style paintings. The garden around the museum is really nice too. We booked a Balinese show at night in a small temple and we liked it so much: costume, dance, make up, etc.
When you go to Ubud, you have to visit the Monkey Forest. Even if we had visited it during our first trip to Indonesia, we know it is a nice and fun place, even if it is very crowded. Another crowded place was the Tegalalang rice terrace. It is located 30 min away from the town. You follow a marked path through the rice field. It is beautiful.
We ate very well during our stay in Ubud and especially in 2 restaurants that were outstanding. First one was recommended by Damien in Singapore: Locavore. It is in the top 50 best Asian restaurants. We had a 7 courses vegetarian meal and it was truly amazing. The second one is Moksa. It is a plant-based restaurant, so vegan. The service was quick and the food really tasty and surprising.
In 4 years, Ubud has changed a lot. It is now difficult to negotiate prices and restaurant/shops are all very fancy. You don’t come here if you expect to meet with locals but it is definitely an amazing place to enjoy relaxing and cheap holidays.