An hour north of Kuta Beach you will find the beautiful, sleepy little town of Ubud. Nestled into countless acres of rice paddies, farmland and jungle, Ubud is formed by a limited number of quaint streets lined with small boutique shops. The limited development in Ubud seems to place a rightful priority on the lush landscape of its surroundings, rather than encroaching and destroying the natural beauty.

Abundant Ubud Rice Fields
Abundant Ubud Rice Fields
Local Ubud Woman Heading to the Temple for Daily Prayers
Local Ubud Woman Heading to the Temple for Daily Prayers
Huge Banyan Tree
Huge Banyan Tree
Little Local Balinese Girl
Little Local Balinese Girl

About 20 or so miles outside of Ubud, lay a plethora of outdoor activities from cycling, trekking to rafting, which can be booked from the city.  We bumped into some local guides, Oka and Maadé, who took us on a rice paddy tour and graciously invited us for authentic Bali coffee in their village. Maadé even climbed a tree to have us taste some jackfruit (tasted like kool aid and had a texture like starburst), durian (the infamous mushy stinky fruit) and local coconuts (the milk was as sweet as Sprite).

Terry drinking coconut milk, fresh from the tree
Maade Carving a Banana Leaf

Having Balinese Coffee and Chatting at Maade and Oka's Village

Having Balinese Coffee and Chatting at Maade and Oka’s Village
Maade's Daughter peering out the window
Maade's Daughter peering out the window
Terry decked out in Balinese gear - sarong, sash and turban!
Terry decked out in Balinese gear - sarong, sash and turban!

Thanks Oka and Madé for showing us some ‘real’ Bali!

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