If you’ve read or watched Eat, Pray, Love you will probably end up visiting this place.
Length of Stay: 9 days (5 days in Ubud, 4 days in Seminyak)
Total Budget per pax: Php 30,699 (Hotel and Ticket – Php 18,669 + Food/Shopping/Tours – Php 12,000)
How to get there:
Since 2013, there are already affordable direct flights from Manila to Denpansar. In some occasions, you can also find cheap connecting flights, you can use Skyscanner. Ours cost around Php 12,000 roundtrip flights via Kuala Lumpur. This was in 2012 when there were no direct flights yet. Now, you can get promo fares from as low as Php 6,000 roundtrip.
Where to stay:
I prefer Ubud because of the scenery and the people. The place is very relaxing and welcoming, perfect for those who want to get away from the city life. You can find here the rice fields, temples, monks, and a lot of art galleries.
We wanted to try the villas so we bought a Groupon voucher for an overnight stay in Ubud Bali Rich Villas. It is located a few minutes away from the city center. The room has it’s own butler and swimming pool with free breakfast and 30min authentic Indonesian spa. Cost is around Php 12,000 (divided by 3 pax – Php4,000 each)
Then we used Airbnb to book our second home – The White Villas. We had a two storey villa with free Indonesian breakfast – Nasi Goreng and Yogurt with fresh fruits and muesli! You can cook your own food too. There was also free wifi and swimming pool! Cost: Php 13,452 (divided by 3pax / 3nights – Php1,495 each)
What to do:
1. Visit Ketut Liyer from Eat Pray Love. You can also ask him to read your future if you want. We tried to give donation but he didn’t accept it. Also, be specific if you’re looking for someone in Bali, apparently they are named based on the birth order, that means most of them has the same first name but different family name.
2. Go around the Ubud Market and shop
3. Visit Art Galleries
4. Visit the temples! You can ask your host to help you book a tour or you can do it on your own.
5. Go to the Coffee farm. You can taste all their coffee flavors, they will even roll a cigarette for you! We saw how they were roasting the poop of the Luwak, a very strong coffee indeed!
5. Check out Mount Batur
6. Eat Naughty Nuris Pork Ribs!
7. Eat Crispy Duck called Bebek Bengil
8. Watch a cultural performance. I know we were supposed to watch Fire Dance, but because of the rain it was cancelled, we watched this instead.
On another note:
– People in Ubud are very friendly, even the foreigners, but the dogs– not so much.
– Better to go there with enough cash with you so you won’t have a problem withdrawing or checking if the money changer is legitimate or not.
– If you stay near the locals or near the forest, you can wake up with the sound of the birds and the river and in some mornings, you can hear people chanting. Perfect for meditation!
If you want to swim, surf and party this is the area for you!
Where to stay:
We booked through Airbnb and stayed in Massimo’s villa. It’s a 30 minute walk from Ku De Ta beach – the famous beach in Seminyak. We rented a room. The fee includes breakfast and use of swimming pool. Cost: Php 10,573 for 3 nights (divided by 3 pax – PHP 1,174 each)
What to do:
1. Swim and Surf in Ku De Ta
2. Visit unique cafes. restaurants, and markets (ex. Oberoy flea market)
3. Shop till you drop in outlet stores – Roxy, Billabong etc!
4. Party!! — This one though I opted out but if you’re looking for some crazy nights this area is the place to be.
On another note:
– You can find international cuisines in this area
– You can find affordable surf boards, clothes and accessories here as well!
My excuse for this trip? I was devastated (big word) and heartbroken. I needed to put myself back together.
And what I’ve learned from this trip?
“People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you’re fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love