Ubud, located in the uplands of Bali, is the cultural center of the Island-Province. The history of Ubud is the very history of Bali itself. As an arts and crafts hub, Bali's most iconic landscapes including Hindu temples, shrines, and museums are housed here. Ancient religious sites are the Empul Temple, Goa Gajah, and Gunung Kawi. As the tourism grows, the central district has been heavily commercialized, but terraced rice fields along the rivers and the lush green forest away from the city center are left untouched. The town of Ubud is an example of a peaceful and relaxed town on the cool mountains, a place to enjoy nature. With the cultural attractions of the town, it is recommended for the tourists to stay for a week to discover all the attractions, mostly temples and nature, and enjoy all the things to do in the city. A three-day stay will not help tourists understand what is going on around the town.
After a wild time in Kuta or Legian at the south of the island of Bali, one can enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere in Ubud which is more of a traditional place for music with small bands playing in pubs and cafes and music being traditional or reggae and folk music. The serene ambiance of Ubud offers a relaxed nightlife perfect to chill out and just feel the night pass by. Nearby are hotels. Ubud, although a little further off the beaten track and with a different atmosphere that is sophisticated and artistic set on a backdrop of spectacular vegetation, a really “cool” place in all senses of the word, is quite decently fitted out with all sorts of accommodation. Here one can stay in hostels that are economic and clean or in more luxurious places that have a Western feel about them. These hotels may even organize or provide assistance on tours and excursions to the places at the outskirts of Ubud.