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I first came to Ubud, Bali in 2011 and first impressions do last.
I've always envisioned it as a place where you can be good to yourself. Where you can walk barefoot across rice paddy fields, spend hours pampering yourself at a spa, eat organic and fresh cuisine, practice blissful yoga and meet so many people who are on the same quest: to experience the magic and healing of Ubud.
How to Make This Trip Happen:
-The best way to get from Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar to Ubud is through a car rental which can be arranged prior to your trip. If you take a taxi from the airport, it would cost around 195,000 IDR (about 17 USD). It would be a bit less if you walk outside the airport and take a metered taxi but I wouldn't recommend it if you are carrying heavy luggage.
-Most visitors who arrive in Bali use the Visa On Arrival (VOA) service which provides you with a 30 day tourist visa.You can purchase your visa for 25 USD before you report to the immigration officer as he will need the receipt before he can stamp your passport. Other major currencies besides USD are also accepted for the VOA fee, but they will always give you any change in the local currency, Indonesian rupiah.
-You can go around Ubud on foot but it's still a lot more convenient to rent a scooter or even a bike. Most areas don't have sidewalks or have very narrow roads which can prove to be challenging to both motorists and pedestrians alike.
-Driving a motorbike in Bali is not recommended for beginners as it can be dangerous. Make sure you wear a helmet and have an international driver's license with you at all times.
-Make sure you have 150,000 IDR per person for the departure tax at the airport. Only local currency is accepted, and they will not take credit cards. If you do not have the proper cash at the payment point, you will have to go outside the terminal to an ATM machine (Mastercard only) or money changer. We nearly missed our flight because of this but were spared through the kindness of a stranger!
-For the best rates you can book via agoda.com. Agoda Company Pte Ltd (Agoda.com) is one of the leading Asia-based, online hotel reservations company, which specializes in securing the lowest discount hotel prices. You can get updates on the best deals by following them on Facebook or Instagram @agoda
-Special thanks to Char of Agoda and the wonderful people at Y Resort Ubud for our magical stay there. As always, all opinion are the author's.
Blissful in Ubud,
Sole Sister Lois
Lois is the Editor-in-Chief of the female travel blog wearesolesisters.com. When she's not having adventures around the globe, she can be found surfing, surfing someone's couch or giving motivational workshops and retreats.
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