Private Ubud Exploration for a Day
Known for its creative arts and historic traditions, Ubud is a fascinating city surrounded by beautiful rice paddies and steep ravines. With visits to the Ubud Monkey Forest and a unique arts village, your tour of Ubud will take you on a captivating adventure through natural and man made treasures.
Begin your tour with a visit to the Rice Field in Ubud at Tegalalang, where the views of rice paddies will take your breath away with their natural beauty. Learn about the subak (traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system) and its historic origins, which, according to legend, was developed in the 8th century by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya. Enjoy the scenic overlook and revel in the cool breezes as you view the rice terraces and valley slopes.
After viewing the rice fields, enjoy a visit to the popular Ubud Monkey Forest, where 200 monkeys inhabit the area surrounding ancient Hindu temples. Learn about the community's spiritual traditions and mythology and discover the importance of the monkey to the area's artistic and cultural heritage. Watch as the monkeys go about their daily routines and learn about how the various groups of crab-eating macaques inhabit different regions of the forest, occasionally traversing another group's territory, leading to squabbles among the animals. Learn about the community's reverence for the monkeys that are believed to be gods guarding the Dalem Agung Temple.
Following your excursion to the Monkey Forest, this Bali tour continues with a trip to the Spice Garden, where you can see coffee, vanilla, cloves, and cacao crops growing. Learn about Coffee Luwak, a coffee made from the beans of coffee berries that have taken an unusual journey through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet and become a surprisingly exclusive local delicacy.
Next, immerse yourself in the curious blend of contemporary and historic arts that make Ubud village the cultural center of Bali. Graced with ancient local arts and crafts traditions, Ubud has also attracted many contemporary artists and celebrities from around the world, capturing the imaginations of many well known creators with its magical charm. Watch as local artisans make wood carvings in Mas village, handmade silver jewelry in Celuk village, which is renowned for its Silver Filigree and gold jewelry special designs, and Batik weavings at Tohpati village.
Your experienced English-speaking guide will regale you with interesting facts and points of interest as you visit the different stops along the way. Travel from each location to the next in style in an air conditioned vehicle on this private tour. Don't forget your camera, as you will have many memorable moments to capture on this delightful tour in Indonesia.
Reviewer: Dina Geerts
Our driver was courteous and friendly. He had to improvise our exploring though as we had trouble getting tendered to shore which caused us to arrive late. However, he gave us a wonderful tour of Bali. He was knowledgeable and fun to talk with. In spite of our late start he managed to get us to 4 different sites from temples to silver to batik . A wonderful day.
Reviewer: N Bagley
Loved this tour. The guide met us at the exit to the port. He was friendly and knowledgeable and very happy to share information about his country. The itinerary was good. I liked riding around just looking at the sights too. At the Monkey Forest stop I was bitten by a monkey, now getting rabies shots, even though the staff at Monkey Forest said their monkeys are safe. I would definitely recommend this tour.