Discovering a different side to Ubud
We are sure you have seen the pictures of people swinging over a gorgeous green valley of rice fields, well those have most probably been taken in the rice fields of Ubud, where there is a valley of rice fields surrounded by palm trees that you can hike through. Another famous spot to visit in Ubud is the Sacred Monkey forest, tourists can get pretty close to the monkeys there and even take pictures with one on their shoulder.
Ubud is also known for Yoga studios and beautiful resorts where they will serve you breakfast in the pool, or set up your bathtub with candles and flower petals. But there is more to this town surrounded by jungle and rice paddies.
We recommend you look for different organized tours and visits, instead of hiring a driver or renting a motorcycle why not go on a bike ride to enjoy the scenery.
If you are there long enough, check out the local NGOs see if they need any volunteer help, you can find organizations like Bantuan Anak Indonesia, that work educating children from remote villages, Villa Kitty Bali is a rescue and adoption center for Bali’s abandoned cats and kittens, Fair Future Foundation assist people in need of medical care, are just a few ones.
Another interesting project you can find in Ubud is the one developed by the Yayasan Emas Hitam Indonesia, which is a NGO whose aim is to promote, support and develop regenerative solutions to poverty and development across Indonesia throughout the use of permaculture techniques. They host events like Lunch at their Garden or movie nights, besides their permaculture gardening events.
Lastly, if you only have time to hang out in the center of Ubud you can find some great sustainable restaurants besides plenty of vegan options, Fair Warung Bali, for example is a social enterprise that provides two medical treatments for every meal, Down to Earth is an organic vegetarian restaurant committed to ethical food practices as well as local community development, and then you have places like Clear Cafe and Mudra Cafe that serve locally grown food and support the local agriculture.
And our favorite thing to do while visiting a new place is to just walk around and get lost.