All things given to us by everything, are treasures. Do not take the infinite treasures you receive every day for granted. Acknowledge them, enjoy them, be grateful for them.
If you know me you know Ubud is not one of my favorite places by any means, but I do appreciate it for what it is. And for the absolutely amazing truths and treasures it has to offer every individual who comes to experience it.
You cannot put an MSRP on the opportunity to meet new friends and family while exploring new places. On this trip I was able to work with a couple of amazing friends from Germany. The places that Ubud showed us and the experiences we shared there are truly priceless. More to come on this..! This picture is one that I believe to be a strong representation of Ubud. The power of the waterfall and the constant ever changing flow of the water shows us that things can be both ever the same and ever changing, at once. The people, shops, restaurant, and yoga shalas may change over time but the energy and the heart of Ubud will stay true to Ubud as it continues to evolves.
Tegenungang waterfall is a powerful yet forgiving waterfall. I will post more pictures and information from this experience over the course of this Ubud story!
The 2 most rewarding things to consider when making your trip to Ubud, what to see and what to eat? The options for each are almost endless. So I would suggest you make your list of top places you want to see and eat. We chose 4 places to see on day 1: Tegenungan waterfall, Goa Gajah, Gunung Kawi, and Tegallalang Rice Terraces. But this is only a fraction of the many treasures Ubud has to offer. Other must see places include the Monkey Forest, Tibumana Waterfall, Tjampuhan's Sacred Hills, and Tirta Empul to name just a few.
Our hotel helped us book an early ride at 5am so we could catch sunrise at Tegenungan waterfall (see second photo) which was amazing. Getting there that early was a huge bonus as we were the first ones there and left before anyone else showed up, after playing around the waterfall and taking some pics, obviously lol.
We were then able to hit both Goa Gajah, Gunung Kawi, before 10 am. At both temples we were still one of maybe 3 groups at each location. Perfect? I think so. No lie, the early bird really does get the worm. And we caped off our morning excursion by spending a couple hours at Tegallalang Rice Terraces, exploring!
We made it to lunch at Seeds of Life Cafe which specializes in raw vegan dishes. And it was fucking amazing. Other food spots include: Bamboo Inda, Moksa, Sage, and Clear Cafe. It’s hard to fuck up a trip to Ubud but be ready for an onslaught of tourists and Balinese salesman. If you want to avoid the crowds, make it a goal to get up at the crack of dawn and get on the road! .