How to get there:
The easiest way from Kuta or the airport is to hire a motorbike for around 40-50.000 Rp a day (For a weeks rental you can get as low as 30.000 Rp)
Metered Taxis will cost you around 200.000 Rp from the south of Bali.
With Perama Travel a private company offers inexpensive direct transfers to Ubud from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Sanur, Lovina, Kuta, Bedugul, Candidasa, and Padang Bai on a daily basis. A trip from the airport costs around 70.000 , but the Perama Bus terminal in Ubud is located about two km south in Padang Tegal, on Jl Hanoman just south of the intersection with Jl Monkey Forest. Bemos will await you and ask for transportation. To buy you ticket to leave Ubud, you can do so in the “offical Tourist Information” in the center of the city opposite to the market at Monkey Forest Road/Jalan Raya Road for the official hazzl free price. The big advantage is, that Perama organizes your transfer to the Perama Bus station outside the city.
The cheapest way to get there is by public bus and bemo. In Kuta the public buses “Trans Sarbagita” run along the main roads (sunset road to airport) and are air-conditioned and very modern. These buses stop only at permanent elevated bus stops built on the road curb. Some buses offer service to the Transit Bus Station Batubulan in Denpasar. The tickets cost 3.500 Rp per person, no matter how far you go with the bus. A convenient station to hop onto the bus is in front of the BIMC hospital close to the sunset road. Ask for Batubulan – it is the final stop.
From their you bargain skills are needed, bemos happily await you and will try to get as much money out of you as possible. Expect to pay 15-20.000 Rp per person – depending on the amount of people sharing the bemo ride to town.
For a detailled overview check out the Wikitravel Bagan page!
This is a recently opened Guesthouse (July 2013) with very nice and helpful owners, the rooms are big, comfortable and clean and cost about 200.000 Rp.
For more hostel tips it is always useful to read the recommendations for accommodation on Tripadvisor: Tripadvisor Bagan
Food and Drinks:
Skip the completely overpriced fancy restaurants in the main tourist streets and look in the smaller side streets if you don’t need a dance performance while having dinner.
Finding a local that is not in the tourist business and does not try to sell you anything- will be a hard thing to do in peak season…
Get a motorbike, the surroundings of Ubud are still kind of unspoiled and have this postcard character.
Visa Extension Service:
Inore completely the Visa shops on the Raya Ubud (like Visa Highway, etc.) They are completely overpricing and want around 1.3 Million Rp for a month of Visa extension. For half the price (650.000 Rp) you can get the same service in this little Visa Consulting office:
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