Travel Best Buys: Cultural Destinations - #4 Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
When travelers are looking for an immersive cultural experience at a great rate, we have a few suggestions at the top of our list. Join us this week as we count down our Top Five.
#4 Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
We like to think of Bali as the new Fiji – a booming destination for luxury experience, culture, beaches and relaxation, at a reasonable price. Bali is just one of the 18,000 islands in Indonesia, but is becoming one of the most popular destinations for experiential travel. The cultural capital of Bali is by far the city of Ubud, which is located in the highlands of the island. The region is mountainous, with volcanoes and waterfalls nearby, and monkey sightings are not uncommon.
Ubud is a center for crafts and dance, surrounded by idyllic rice paddies and historic Hindu temples and shrines. The city center is also home to museums, galleries, art studios and pottery shops, displaying local artisan work. Some of the city’s best art can be found within the Neka Art Museum, the Don Antonio Blanco Museum, the Ubud Traditional Art Market (where bargaining is essential to the experience), the Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets, and the Agung Rai Museum of Art.
If you are looking for picturesque temples, visit the Ulum Temple on Lake Beratan or the Saraswati Temple where one can see traditional Kecak dance in the evening. Finally, a trip to Bali would not be complete without a cooking class, where travelers can get a full sense of Indonesian flavors such as cilantro, lemongrass, turmeric and garlic. For serious foodies, chance to visit Ubud in May during the Ubud Food Festival.
It is also worth noting that Ubud was voted as one of New York Time’s 52 Places to Visit in 2016!
Join us tomorrow for #3!