To Do Yoga
Ubud is yogi heaven. It’s tranquil, laid back and the nature scenes are endless. The entire town is filled with people touting yoga mats, wearing spandex and discussing the psychedelic visions they had during their last class. There are yoga studios on almost every street, spiritual chanting going on in the background and rice field views to look out at while in tree pose. Many of the studios in town also offer yoga teacher training so people come here from all over the world to grow their skills and turn yoga into a career.
To Eat Vegan Food
Vegans will rejoice when they enter the boundaries of Ubud’s main town. The restaurants here don’t just have vegan food but they specialize in it. There are raw/vegan cafes offering meatless and dairy free versions of everything from pizza and burgers to cheesecake and bacon/egg burritos. Vegans will never have to worry about going hungry or finding mystery meat in their tofu dish.
To Learn About Culture
The locals as well as government officials have worked hard to keep their culture strong amongst the influx of tourism and western influence. The Balinese here still keep with all of their traditions by wearing authentic clothing, doing daily blessings and building homes that adhere to the typical Balinese architectural style. You can see Balinese dance performances, listen to antiquated, island instruments and learn about the many Gods who the locals send blessings to each day.
To Get Healthy
Health retreats are going on all over Ubud and you can find holistic therapies here that you may have never even heard of. Go on a juice cleanse, join a yoga or meditation retreat or get acupuncture to cure your chronic back pain. The streets are lined with shops that offer massages, reflexology, aromatherapy, enemas and raw food retreats. If you’re ailing, this is the place to get back to health.
To Buy Art
Art plays a central role in the lives of the Balinese and you won’t be here for long before you realize its importance in their culture. There are almost more art galleries than restaurants and every building has at least one interesting painting. Even when driving out of the main town, you can see local artisans carving wooden and stone sculptures, painting on canvases in their driveways and offering art classes in their homes.
To Learn a New Skill
The locals and residential expats all seem to have a master craft that they are willing to teach. Now, on almost every corner you can see a sign offering classes in some sort of discipline. If you are hoping to learn a new skill, gain a new hobby or try your hand at a new career, there are plenty of educational opportunities in this town. Take a barista lesson at the local coffee shop, a jewelry making class or a workshop on farming. Try learning the bongos, take up traditional Balinese dance or move to the kitchen and learn how to whip up some authentic meals.
To Meet People Who Are Doing Things
If you’ve been feeling down because you are the only person in your group of friends who actually wants to DO something, coming to Ubud would be a welcomed change. Artists, activists, writers, teachers, volunteers, health gurus and fitness experts all tend to gather here. They collaborate on projects, meet up for discussions, come together to deal with problems and generally have a sense of action in their lives.
To Get Back in Touch With Nature
Living in the city or even the suburbs sometimes can separate us from the natural world. If you think you are in need of a little nature loving, Ubud has gardens, fruit trees, rice fields and interesting animals that should give you the dose of mother nature that you are looking for. It’s Cheap Things in Ubud are affordable if not just downright cheap! Enjoy healthy and creative meals for under $7 USD and get a massage for even cheaper. Do some shopping, buy some natural products and enjoy living a bit differently than what you may usually be able to afford.