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. Comfortable seasonal clothing and closed-toe walking shoes are recommended for this tour. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are recommended for sunny days, and rain protection is recommended when the clouds overtake the sun. Don't forget your camera, as you will have many memorable moments to capture on this delightful tour in Indonesia.
We booked this 6-hour tour from Shore Excursions called Ubud Exploration for day which was on sale for $35 versus $51. While on the ship, we met another couple who decided to book this tour. What we didn't realize until we got on shore is that we both had a driver and private car for our tour. So if you would like to travel together with another couple, make sure you mention it when you book this excursion. The tour included visits to the rice field, Ubud Monkey Forest, arts village, spice gardens (which provided you with an opportunity to sample their various teas and coffees), etc. The nice thing about having a private driver is that you could spend as much or as little times at various locations, depending on your interest. Our driver was Degus. He was very pleasant and a careful driver who made sure we got back to the ship on time. While his English was limited, we were still able to communicate. Nice tour for a fraction of what the ship was charging for their own tours.
Reviewer: Dave E
We didn't know what to expect on this tour. The price was very reasonable. We got a drive and a guide. The guide told us what the sites were to be seen. We didn't want to do the monkey deal and that was fine. We visited the main attractions the ship's tour did but with only two of us. I had a special request and our two pro's came thru with flying colors, taking us to a little shop that made license plates for vehicles. I had one custom made for a friend. Excellent!
We enjoyed our short visit to this interesting town, with its many attractions. We may forget some of them, but not the Luwak Coffee ceremony, the Monkey Forrest and the Rice Terraces. I wished we had more time...
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