Bali is not an over-touristed hellhole like I was afraid of before coming here. Sure, Kuta and Gili T can be an exeption but our stops at Bingin, Canggu, Lovina, Gili Air have been great, and Ubud has just simply been fantastic!
Being in the center of the Island, in the middle of the mountain forests, the island does not attract the same kind of tourists and local hustlers that beach towns do. Everything is a lot cheaper than elsewhere and people leave you alone to wander around a cozy city center with lots of alternative shops selling handicrafts and restaurants with local, mostly vegan food.
One of my favorite spots in the city was the World’s only vegan, organic cinema called Paradiso. Here you could watch movies for free while relaxing in one of the many comfy couches while drinking a beer and having a meal. Also the yoga barn was a great place for a yoga session and a healthy meal after a night out.
In addition, one of the highlights in Bali was found by driving around an hour outside of Ubud. We woke up at 1am to hike up the active volcano Mt.Batur to eat breakfast on the top while watching the sun rise over Balis’s tallest mountain Mt. Agung.
In total our trip lasted around 9 hours, walking past the crater rim to see and feel the hot smoke coming out of the volcano and watch the dogs, monkeys and squirrels living there. If there was one place in Bali where I would consider living it would be Ubud, the people and the nature around here are amazing and it is a place you should never miss if you decide to go to Bali.