Ubud is located in the uplands of Bali, wedged between rice paddies, temples and steep ravines an hour’s drive from Canggu. It is considered the cultural heart of the island, and is a gorgeous artisan hub for the spiritual (and the spiritually narcissistic). Thanks to the popularity of Eat, Pray, Love, downtown is a little touristier than you may have romanticised, but all this means is that Ubud now boasts an endless stream of high quality restaurants, accommodation options and shops – its surrounding rainforest and rice terraces are as beautiful as ever.
About Gemma Clarke
Gemma lives between Bali, Japan and her van on Australia’s east coast, and in addition to writing and napping, likes drinking red wine through a (bamboo) straw. She is the founding editor of Global Hobo, a hub for world-savvy dirtbags who like to roam. They trot the globe on a shoestring, respect the locals and keep it green, offering rad destination guides, thought-provoking stories and travel-writing workshops all over the world.
If your definition of “me” time is lying on a massage table having your feet kneaded while a beautician coats your face with flakes of 24-carat gold, you’ve come to the right place. Canggu has a plethora of places to pamper and indulge for all budgets – and we weren’t even joking about the gold facial (check out Gold Dust on Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong).
At first glance, it may seem as though surfing is the only sporting activity on offer in Canggu, and anyone who dislikes the ocean will be left on the sand among the broken shells and umbrellas. However, the recent boom in the town’s population has meant that you can get sweaty and fit a whole range of different ways – which is pretty important when you’re living in a place with such good-looking residents. Whether serene yoga, gruelling crossfit or laps of butterfly are your thing, this not-so-sleepy beach town has it all.
So you’ve made the decision to travel or move to Bali – a very warm selamat datang to you. But as exotic as relocating to Bali sounds, we know moving isn’t always easy, so the Dojo has compiled this handy guide to help ease you into the transition.
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