Venturing out into Bali Countryside

21 Apr
Typical Ubud street - with those Balinese sticks everywhere

Typical Ubud street - with those Balinese sticks everywhere

Even though our Villa was very comfortable, and we even found the beach once we figured out that it is actually a garden next to the beach, we did go and explore the countryside of Bali. We rented a motorbike (with all its complications – and being stopped by the police), and set off on our explorations.

The inner island is if possible even more quaint and beautiful than the areas along the beaches, where we were staying. We visited Ubud, which has probably just as many tourists as the sea-side but it was nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the busy beach roads.

  • The best way to share with you the look and feel of Balinese countryside culture, is to upload the pictures – many below.

Getting lost in the countryside

Getting lost in the countryside

The ride there was a bit frustrating, because we got lost (after only half an hour ride) and had a little interference with the police, but nothing that a bit of perseverance and a handful of Rupiya can’t solve (read more here). We followed the big roads, because they were the only ones that had road signs, as we didn’t have a map. So the scenery was certainly not what we expected.

Some rice fields at last

Some rice fields at last

It’s only on the way back that we asked someone how to get back to Seminyak, and he told us to follow him because he was going in that direction. And he drove (like a madman) through all the little countryside roads, through the rice fields, villages and forests, as the guidebook had explained. Too bad we don’t have pictures of this beautiful scenery as we were too busy following our guide, and trying not to have accidents.

Ubud itself is a quaint little village, composed of a few small streets, lined with old buildings, set amidst rice fields. Because of the tourism, most of the houses were turned into guesthouses or shops, but the charm was still there. Ubud is known for its artists and handicrafts – so we spent hours on end in painting shops – and in the end my friend did buy some (difficult delivery…). We also visited the market, but that seemed more of a tourist trap than anything else, but we practiced our bargaining skills and got a few sarongs anyway.

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