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Ubud is hypnotic. From the sublime stonework of its overgrown temple ruins to the tranquility of its verdant fountain gardens, this town exudes serenity. Between bursting jungles and terraced fields, Ubud is an excellent base camp for exploring the island of Bali. But the city’s easygoing pace, traditional dance and music performances, jovial local culture, and mouthwatering cuisine will make you want to spend a few days around town.
For a relaxing spa retreat or a thrilling immersion in Balinese culture, a tailormade Ubud tour is sure to delight, relax, and even inspire.
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Surrounded by steep ravines and tiny villages, this scenic town of Ubud is the starting point for many an adventure along Bali’s winding mountain roads and sun-kissed coastline. Witness the gentle beauty of traditional Balinese dance set against the graceful pavilions of the city’s palace. Backyard Travel’s Ubud travel agency team can also arrange visits to organic farms, cooking lessons, meetings with local families and visits to workshops where local masters craft gorgeous textiles and meticulously-carved dream masks.
For those looking for a restful retreat, the city’s famed spas, sumptuous accommodations and casual restaurants and lounges offer plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun and carefree atmosphere. Ubud is, at once, both serene and scintillating.
It has been a wonderful holiday and the guides you gave us were great! Thanks for all your help and we hope to contact Backyard Travel again in the near future for another adventure.
Ms. Carolyn Wood (Indonesia, Jan 2015)
Amazing service . Thanks Olivia and Chika. Professional, organized, generous, helpful, kind, interesting, knowledgable. What more can we ask for?
Mr. Tamar Eres (Indonesia, Sept 2014)
Your organization of our tour was fantastic, the staff was always nice and helpful, we loved everything and all the activities. Overall from 1 to 10, I give you 10 on everything.
Mr. Marcos Cauduro Rojas (Indonesia, April 2014)
Some Questionsabout our Tours of Bali & Indonesia
Yes, you do, but most nationalities are eligible for a visa on arrival, which are available at most international airports in Indonesia including Bali, Jakarta, Medan, and Padang, as well as most international seaports. Visas for Indonesia on arrival cost US$35 and are good for a single entry lasting 30 days. For further information, contact our Indonesia-based Travel Specialist.
As an archipelago nation of more than 8,000 inhabited islands (that number jumps up to 17,000 when you count uninhabited islands!), Indonesia is home to many different topographies and microclimates. However, the Indonesian archipelago straddles the equator and temperatures generally range between 25 to 30 degrees Celsius (high 70s to 90s Fahrenheit) year-round.
Weather in Indonesia is dry from June to September. The monsoon season, which starts in December and lasts until March, brings heavy but short downpours. Indonesian highland areas are cooler than the beaches and can get chilly at night. When you travel to Indonesia, it’s best to bring comfortable, casual, lightweight clothing in natural fabrics. But if you’re traveling to higher altitudes during the winter months, bring warmer clothes.
We recommend visiting Bali, Java, Sumatra, and Lombok during the dry months of June to September. If you’re thinking of heading east, towards Papua or Maluku, for example, May and June are your choicest months. July and August are peak season in Indonesia, however, which increases the price of services and accommodations. Keep this in mind if you’d like to avoid big costs and crowds. You can also contact one of our Bali-based Travel Specialists, whose hyper-local knowledge of the islands can help you plan a customized trip to Indonesia any time of year.
Indonesia is not just about the sun seekers and surfers at Bali’s famous Kuta Beach. A dizzying array of sights, activities, and experiences await you in this country’s many thousands of islands! If you want to avoid the tourist madness pervading Indonesia’s hotspots, you’ll be wowed by the peace, tranquility, and pristine beaches of the smaller islands, such as Lombok and rustic Sulawesi. Snorkelers and divers might appreciate the original “Spice Islands” of Maluku, where the turquoise waters teem with bright schools of fish.
Whether you’re seeking wildlife encounters in Sumatra, great diving and snorkeling, a volcano trek in Java, a guided Yogyakarta walking tour, tropical culinary adventures, or just some simple relaxation, we welcome you to use the in-depth knowledge of our Indonesia Travel Specialists to get you away from the crowds and in touch with new experiences.
Yes, and how! Indonesia is the land of the Komodo Dragon, the ‘Spice Islands,’ and of shipwrecks that sleep under the sea—it’s the stuff of childhood legends! Family travel in Indonesia also offers opportunities to meet orangutans in the wild, learn how to surf in Bali, see the Komodo Dragon, dive to a shipwreck, explore temple ruins, and snorkel your heart out. For the older set, Indonesia will awe and inspire with its vibrant culture, its intriguing history based on ancient trade routes, and some of the most creative and delectable cuisine in Southeast Asia. And did we mention the shipwrecks?
Some aviation safety records may have you thinking twice about flying to this archipelago nation, but we at Backyard Travel only book the safest airlines in Indonesia available. There has also been a major overhaul of the Indonesian aviation industry in the past few years, and safety records have improved.
You can easily find 3G-capable Indonesian SIM cards throughout the country. The four GSM-compatible phone operators are Telkomsel, Indosat, XL Axiata, and 3 (pronounced “Tri”). Of these, Telkomsel tends to be the most popular, as its coverage reaches virtually all of Indonesia. However, if you’re not planning on venturing into remote places, XL Axiata and Indosat offer good coverage in the urban centers at cheaper prices.
SIM cards and top-up credits are sold at virtually all phone shops and operator offices throughout the country. You’ll need to register your personal information to activate your local Indonesian phone number.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Indonesia, and you can expect to find currency exchange counters throughout the country. ATMs are ubiquitous in most cities, although they’re not as common in rural or remote areas. If you are traveling into the jungle or away from major tourist destinations, bring Indonesian currency (the Indonesian rupiah) with you just to be safe.
Indonesian food is as diverse as its islands and heavily influenced by its various historic trading roots. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love trying the Indonesian national dishes nasi goreng, an aromatic fried-rice that can be flavored with tamarind or dried fish; gado-gado, a delectable salad of cooked veggies, tofu, and egg topped with peanut-sauce (a great vegetarian option); and satay, succulent meat skewers covered with peanut sauce and often served with rice. If you can’t decide what you want, go for a plate of nasi camupur, as it combines a portion of white rice with many small servings of meats, vegetables, seafood, and satay dishes—a veritable sampler platter of Indonesian cuisine.
If like your meals less adventurous and more familiar, never fear. Bali has some fantastic international options. Keep in mind, however, that remote areas will have fewer options.
While tipping is not expected but always appreciated in Indonesia, it’s customary to tip your tour guides and drivers. As a general guide, we suggest tipping your Indonesian tour guide US$2.50 per person per day and your driver US$2 per person per day. If you loved the job your adventure tour guide did, we recommend tipping him or her US$15 per day for the whole group. In a restaurant, tipping 5–10% of your bill will make wait staff happy.
We are constantly impressed with the wide selection of accommodation in Indonesia, which boasts some of the best hotels in Southeast Asia. Whether your tastes run toward design, boutique, or 5-star, all are on offer in Indonesia. In remote areas, accommodations tend to be more basic, but they can be all the more charming for their rustic locations. Contact one of our Indonesia-based Travel Specialists who will be able to suggest the best accommodations for your preferences.
Before you travel to Indonesia, you should be inoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A and B, tetanus, and polio. These are, for the most part, routine vaccines. Malaria and dengue fever are present in Indonesia, and we do advise taking precautions. It’s also essential to have good medical insurance that covers the cost of an evacuation flight. Check with your government travel advisory on Indonesia for up-to-date information.
Indonesia is home and sanctuary to a vast spectrum of wildlife species. Please treat them and their ecosystems with respect.
If you come across an Indonesian temple festival or local ceremony, by all means feel free to observe, but do so with respect and the proper cultural etiquette. Similarly, because Indonesia is one of most culturally and religiously diverse countries in the world, you should take particular care for any cultural differences you may encounter. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
With a large Muslim population, Indonesia values modesty in dress, especially in women. Cover bare skin from the shoulders to the knees (that means no tank tops, shorts, or miniskirts), especially when entering places of worship. Many temples and religious sites will provide a sarong and waist sash for you to wear as you visit the site. Take off your shoes when entering someone’s home.
Shop for locally made products. Indonesia has a long and proud heritage of regional arts and handicrafts, including woodworking, carving, weaving, and puppetry. Plenty of beautiful and fascinating gift ideas will enthrall you, and your support of local artisans will help keep traditional Indonesian crafts alive.
Sights & Experiences
MORE TRAVEL INSPIRATIONS & INSIGHTS
The residents of Ubud elevate being laid-back to an art form. Ubud locals are mild-mannered and graceful. Given the town’s tourist appeal, most residents have heard it all but will still ask where you’re from and why you came.
600 meters above sea level, Ubud’s climate is cooler than the coast’s. The ideal time to visit is from June to September, when days are bright but pleasant. The monsoons bring frequent but mercifully short rains Dec to March.
After a Balinese dance and gamelan orchestra performance in the pavilions of the Ubud palace, settle into a coffee shop for a taste of kopi luwak. But perhaps the best entertainment of all is no doubt found in the quiet of a soothing spa.
Ubud’s culture is a mingling of Balinese customs, Hindu religious practice, and some more modern imports. You’ll feel this effusive mix in the hypnotic beats of gamelan percussion or in your first drooling bite of babi guling — spit-roasted, spice-rubbed pig
Many residents of Ubud are bilingual in Balinese and Indonesian. The city’s thriving tourism industry has also attracted immigrants who often speak local dialects. Also due to tourist traffic, many residents speak English or Chinese.
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