- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Ubud, Indonesia
Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. One of Bali's major arts and culture centres, it has developed a large tourism industry.
Ubud is regarded as the artistic and cultural center of Bali. Many artists still live here, finding their inspiration in the beautiful country around the town. Some of them - painters, sculptors, woodcarvers, etc. - have formed artistic communities.
Ubud and the surrounding area are a good "shopping center" for traditional Balinese handicrafts; and with luck you may come upon some genuine antique - remembering that you require an export permit to take it home.
Although Ubud has little in the way of tourist sights to back up its attraction as an artistic center, it is well provided with accommodation for visitors and makes a good base from which to explore the surrounding country.
Ubud has a number of charming temples, and there are a variety of temple festivals and other ceremonies throughout the year.