Step into Ubud and feel a wave of tranquility wash over you. It may only be around an hour's drive north of Canggu but Ubud feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the south. Expect a slower pace of life here, in a neighborhood with a penchant for yoga and spirituality and a thriving community to match.
Roads here are cut straight into the jungle, with huge vines overhanging and dense forests on either side. The huge hills you’ll drive up and down on your motorbike offer spectacular backdrops. As do some of the neighborhood's best eating and drinking spots: dig into lunch at sky-high Zest or treat yourself to a fancy cocktail at Sayan House (or its more budget-friendly next-door neighbor, Sayan Point) and watch the dramatic valleys in front of you.
Ubud's also a lot more spread out than its southern neighbors, with independent cafes, restaurants and co-working spaces dotted throughout the minuscule side streets. While it's not known best for its nightlife, Ubud's a good spot for finding a healthy, chilled-out community vibe.
Georgie is a triple-accredited journalist (NCTJ, BJTC, PPA) and freelance travel copywriter and content writer from London, UK. She has written for publications including The Guardian, ELLE...
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