Just west of Ubud town, after crossing the sacred river of Campuhan, there is an artist colony village of Penestanan, known as the home of the 'Young Artist', which has a distinctive painting style influenced by the western painter, Arie Smith.
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Central Ubud can be covered on foot, but you'll need wheels to explore the surrounding vicinity. On the main streets you maybe asked every few meters by people offering "transport" prepare to bargain hard, but always keep bargaining rules in mind: start low, end with a smile, and enjoy the interaction. It also should be noted that sidewalks throughout Bali are constructed only 2 ft wide, which can make for uncomfortable single-file walking as traffic screams past. Ubud is generally quieter and the streets calmer than the more urbanised parts of Bali (although anywhere in Indonesia, "calmness" is a matter of opinion!), and whilst traffic is slower than downtown Kuta, the sidewalk is often blocked with a motorbike or caved-in section necessitating a step off the sidewalk -- potentially placing you in the path of traffic. That traffic could be a tricycle or a truck, so keep your wits about you. One thing to remember is that the sidewalks are not smooth. Watch out for holes, uneven steps, etc, and carry a flashlight (torch) at night.

Hotel car

Greater Ubud encompasses a number of neighbouring villages, and many hotels and larger losmen are happy to offer a complimentary drop-off and pickup servicd to central Ubud, and the Ubud Market. Expect to pay taxi prices if you are intending to go further.


By bemo

The Bemos are the local minibus transport that the Balinese primarily use; the Bule (foreigners) are welcome, too, and should expect to pay about twice what the locals do (Rp 2,000 instead of Rp 1,000 - but you may be asked for more). The Bemos are rented by the driver for the day and he gets a cut, so do treat your drivers well, and expect the same in return.

By taxi

While many drivers would be happy to do so, metered taxis from down south are officially not allowed to pick up passengers in Ubud and local drivers might have their say about this, perhaps even trying to prevent you from getting in. In practice metered "Taxis" are only seen dropping tourists off from the airport.

Local drivers

Most local transport comes in the form of Kijang SUVs or minivans that can be hired (with driver) for specific trips. Look for the circular yellow "E" logo on the windshield certifying them as Ubud Transport Association members. You can (and should) haggle a bit over the price and you should be able to pay less than with metered taxis . A short trip is about Rp 10,000 and drivers will be glad to wait for you for a return fare. Also, any guy with a motorbike is implicitly in the transport business and bike rides are about half the price of a passenger vehicle.

Push bikes

You can also rent a push bike - a regular bicycle, for about Rp 25,000 a day. There's a large selection available at the corner of the football field. You can arrange a half-day trip involving a gentle downhill cruise from the top of the island back to Ubud on rented bikes. Apart from a very few short, sharp uphill sections, the ride is very relaxed and is well worth the time if you want to see the surrounding country in a less "touristy" way.