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Ubud, We Are Back!

20 August 2016 No Comment

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After more than three years the Travcult crew is finally back to our favourite spot in Bali, the quaint yet energetic village of Ubud. There are many reasons why we love Ubud, it would be near-impossible to list all of them. In fact, what’s not to like about this piece of heaven on earth? (Okay, traffic jams and annoying taxi touts come to mind). But seriously we love Ubud, did we mention that before?

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For us Ubud is a unique and magical combination of different kinds of beauty, the mixing of secret spices that makes life feels more alive. It has stunning natural and man-made landscapes, yet it does not look too perfect or Disney-like. Yes it is a small Balinese village, yet at the same time feels truly international. Local culture is everywhere and the people are very proud of their traditions, yet as visitors we don’t find it forced or overbearing. It definitely has flaws, but just enough to remind us that we are still living on earth.

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We noticed that Ubud has undergone an upswing of tourist activities in the past few years. There are more tourists on the roads, as well as new hotels and restaurants catering to the said tourists. It was a bit saddening to see buildings standing where rice paddies used to be on our last visit, but the upside is that we now have more eating place options closer to our hotel location. There are also a number of designer stores for clothes, apparels and home decoration items that we did not see previously. Traffic is also heavier than what we remembered, but thankfully it does not really affect our holidays as we travel mostly on foot when in central Ubud. Overall, despite the changes we enjoyed our holidays in Ubud tremendously, and in fact already look forward to our next visit!

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