For once, let’s forget the hip and happening scene of Seminyak, the luxurious Nusa Dua, or the crowded beach of Kuta. How about we travel Ubud, to the unique cultural hub of Bali for a change? From the scenic green panorama, vibrant local vibes, mesmerizing art centers to peaceful activities, Ubud is going to be a fresh change of scene you never know you needed. Whenever you’re ready, here are the top 6 picks for the most refreshing things to do at Ubud:
The Tegalalang Rice Terraces really needs no lengthy introduction. This iconic spot is well known for its dramatic views of emerald green slopes with a local irrigation system, namely subak. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the sight alone is awe-inspiring but the story behind it will make you fall in love with this place even more. The rice terraces were built in a way that reflects the Balinese philosophy of life or Tri Hita Karana. In essence, they are paying respect by creating harmony with nature, other humans and gods. So remember to take in that magical vibe and snap a few instagrammable pics when you’re there.
If you’re a fan of exotic temple and the playful creatures, we recommend visiting the lush forest where hundreds of monkeys roam free. Located in Padangtegal Village, this over 12 hectare of land offers an exploration of nature with spiritual and educational atmosphere all around. As a sanctuary to the grey long-tailed macaques, you’ll enjoy the collection of ancient temples and moss-covered statues under the tall green canopies. Just be warned, the monkeys can be cheeky at times but generally won’t turn aggressive unless provoked. So play it nice and you’ll get an afternoon of wonderful experience for sure.
Up for some free and easy trekking? Just head over to Campuhan Ridge Walk which is arguably one of the most popular and favorite trekking spots for good reasons. The hilly areas boast a superbly photogenic green vistas with contours that are truly soul-soothing. Combined this with the awesome rice fields views, it’s no wonder that tourists and locals flock here on the daily for the dose of nature.
We recommend heading for the location either early in the morning for sunrise of late afternoon before sunset, you’ll not only get a good leg stretch but some rejuvenating views that will calm your mind.
Thanks to Ubud’s talented artists and craftsmen, there is a wealth of carvings, paintings, clothings, local souvenirs, and other handicrafts to be discovered at any given minute. Just head over to Ubud Traditional Art Market or Sukmawati Art Market and you’ll soon blend into the vibrant shopping scene. You will not only be spoiled for choices when shopping in Ubud, but may score some authentic purchases at affordable prices too. If you’re not into shopping or bargaining, you can always channel your inner Julia Roberts character in Eat Pray Love by strolling around and seeing all the gorgeous colors through her eyes here!
Known as Bali’s art and culture capital, there’s no better place to witness the magnificent traditional performances than Ubud. From the notorious Kecak fire or Legong dance, gamelan practice, to other Balinese art ceremonies, Ubud packs a full schedule in different locations which you can adjust to your own preference. You can also catch one of these performances anywhere from the Royal Palace and public places. More than just observing, you can even join in the fun by learning traditional performances or trying your hands on local crafts!
Ubud is a yoga heaven one simply must not miss! Whether you’re a beginner or long-time fan, there’ always a perfect class for you somewhere in the abundance of Ubud yoga studios. You will find a range of classes of all different levels of ability, designed to fit your stamina. It’s really only natural to get on the mat and join yoga here, what better way than to inhale-exhale and truly immerse yourself as one with the tranquil Ubud surroundings?
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Congratulations, Graduants! After years of grueling work and many sleepless nights studying, you're finally graduated! Taking photos to immortalize one of your biggest achievements in life is a necessity, but sometimes you might feel that taking the same old poses at the same old locations might be boring. Worry not, for we have compiled five ideas for your graduation shoots this year!
You spent days, nights, months and years in this space studying and working, but (most-importantly) you made new friends in the campus that would last forever. What better way to make the memories last forever than to capture your graduation shots right there at the place where very corner holds a special memory of your journey together.
As much as you spent your days in the campus, there must be nights and days where you walk and explore the city where you study, especially if you're studying overseas or in a different city. Walk down memory lane through your favourite shopping streets or the city's famous restaurant alley and capture your graduation photos in those spots.
Especially for you who go to school in world-famous or historic cities, you might want to take your graduation shots at the city's famous landmark. A picture speaks a thousand words and nothing tells a better university-life story than a picture (or lots of it) in London's Tower Bridge and Big Ben, NYC's Brooklyn Bridge and Liberty Island, or Tokyo Tower. Trust us, the picture will turn into a treasure to show your children in the future!
Friends are always needed to help you go through the rougher times of your college life, and capturing your graduation together with great photos is always a great way to make your friendship more memorable. However, as much as you enjoyed your time with your squad, there are always times when you had to fight your way through classes and lectures on your own. Celebrating your success in going through that and coming out on top with a solo photoshoot is not a bad idea!
By the time we graduated, we must have realized that our journey through college would never be possible without the support and love of our loved ones, be it our parents back home, or our significant others that supported us day to day, near or far. Celebrate your graduation by taking great photos with these most important people in your lives!
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