4 Reasons to Love Ubud Bali

  November 6, 2014 blogging tips 🕑 6 minutes read


I love Ubud Bali.


The Island of the Gods is one of our fave spots on earth and Kelli and I dig Ubud more than any spot on the island. Ubud offers us the perfect mix between East and West. We experience the awesome culture and beauty Bali has to offer yet we have our neat little veggie restaurants and other creature comforts too.


To us, that’s paradise.


Ubud Bali


I’m blogging from paradise to take you with me. I’m blogging from paradise to free you. I’m selling a dream. All the blogging tips on earth have little to do with actually living your dream.


You need practical tips, and proven ones at that, to make your blogging dreams come true. I get that. That’s why I write eBooks, and that’s why you can use the search bar – and related posts below – to find all the practical tips you need, to reach your blogging goals…..BUT……you’ll move into inspired action if you know why you’re acting.


Living by the Rice Fields


I am listening to roosters spreading the morning word, while hearing pigs squeal, while watching ducks waddle across the rice fields. Right now. Imagine that?


We’re living in a Balinese neighborhood. We’re surrounded by temples, nature, beauty, and we are infused with the Balinese culture. I’m blogging to be here, and here I am. The dream. The reason why.


I write posts like these to inspire you to:


  • Live in Bali
  • Travel the world as a digital nomad
  • Become a full time travel blogger (who never needs to return home to make money again)
  • To work from home full time
  • To begin your transition from employee to entrepreneur


I want to take you with me to paradise.


This post gives you a real, genuine taste of what it feels like to blog from paradise.


Here’s why I love Ubud, Bali


The Beauty


We are surrounded by miles of rice fields. Kelli and I are awaking now to cool, crisp temperatures, deep blue skies, and endless miles of rice terraces. What a blessing. What a dream.



Bride and groom from the Balinese wedding we attended


Ubud is a gorgeous spot. So much beauty, from the rice fields, to the jungles, to the smiling faces of the local warm Balinese. We love the people, and we love the beauty in and around Ubud.


Bali is genuinely one of the most beautiful places on earth. Ubud takes it up a few notches once you find the rice fields outside of town.


The People


The Balinese people are warm, kind and just about the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet. Our friend Wayan has taken care of us the second we arrived here at almost 1 AM a few nights ago.


She is so accommodating, friendly and kind. We could call her at 3 AM and she would walk upstairs smiling, asking for what we need.


Wayan is like so many of the people in Bali; she’s authentically warm. She wants to help you experience Bali.



Watch out for the cheeky monkeys at Monkey Forest. Seriously.


She’ll be cooking breakfast for us in about an hour. Soon she’ll take us on a private tour through the rice fields.


The Balinese will bend over backwards to make you feel at home. We’ve received large plates of delicious food brought to us from temple celebrations, and the prices we pay for motorbikes and other items, when we go through local channels, is ridiculously low.


The Balinese know how to make you feel at home, like no other people on earth. Once you’re here, you’re treated like the Most Esteemed VIP Guests.


The People (for another Reason)


You know what? I appreciate the touts. I appreciate the persistence of the Balinese who may not know you entirely well.


Case in point; 2 nights ago a luggage porter tried to grab my suitcase and walk off with it while I was pulling it. I had a firm grip; he wanted to snag it, and charge me.


If you rent a home through somebody in a Balinese neighborhood you will have a 100% different experience of the country, versus then if you fly in without planning anything. You may be at the mercy of touts who see you as money, not people, from when you arrive at the airport, and although they are almost all friendly, you’ll learn a few things:


  • How to appreciate dogged persistence in folks
  • How to be polite and firm with people
  • How to blame yourself fully if you allow these folks to annoy you


I learned that this phrase works: “No Thank You,” said with a big smile, and saying nothing else, works perfectly. Or, since you didn’t ask for the service in virtually all cases, simply carry on without noting the request. Don’t take it personally.


I love Bali because when I’m in tourist areas – unlike our tiny Balinese village which is unlike any area where I’ve lived, authenticity-wise – I had to address any uncomfortable feelings I harbored, about being clear, polite and unruffled by folks who are persistent by nature, and who make their living by asking you every single time you walk by, whether or not you want a transport, or a massage.




Intriguing Stuff


Tonight I walked to a warung to pick up a candy bar. In our village/compound I saw a man taking a shower in a pigsty. Then I saw an older woman walking topless around the compound. Only in Bali kiddies, right? Well I’ve seen neat stuff all over the world but Bali is right up there as far as stuff you may not see in other spots.


The Wildlife


In Bali we have seen:


  • 4 foot long monitor lizards
  • Many types of snakes
  • Kingfisher birds
  • Large cane toads
  • Monstrously big spiders
  • Centipedes
  • Tokay geckos
  • Fruit bats
  • Various lizards


Bali is chock full of wildlife. I’m likely forgetting more than a few critters, but we always enjoy seeing a wide range of awesome reptiles and stunning insect life. I was always a bit leery living beside the rice fields in Lotunduh because the house keeper and gardeners reminded us that the 4 venomous snakes that reside in Bali lived in the fields surrounding our villa. Yikes!


Monkey Forrest Ubud Bali

Monkey Forrest Ubud Bali


I always kept my eyes out during late night motorbike rides back home from Ubud. Even now, we’re in a little Balinese village but the rice fields are but 50 meters from our place. With the many farm animals below my window I think about pythons working their way in to snag a chicken, or to steal a piglet, for a midnight snack. Yep, my eyes are peeled.


I’ve seen more insects here than I’ve seen anywhere else on earth. From spiders which look like crabs to multi-colored, prehistoric-looking beetles, Bali has it all.


Bali is full of flavor. From the people, the wildlife, the culture, to everything about this island in the Indian Ocean, if you visit the right spots, you’ll likely have yourself an amazing experience.


Your Turn


Have you been to Ubud, Bali?


What do you love about Ubud?

  1. Worli says:
    at 7:46 am

    Absolutely! Ubud has probably been the best part of Bali. Ubud might not be as famous as Kuta, but it is surely a place that is loved by many.

    Great Pics 🙂

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 6:28 pm

      Worli, agreed fully! Ubud is about the best spot in Bali in our eyes, especially the rice fields surrounding town. We always stay about 15 or 20 minutes outside of Ubud, for the convenience in town and then, for living in peace and quiet by the rice fields or in the jungle. Thanks for sharing Worli!

  2. YourFriend says:
    at 9:59 am

    Thank God you did not try to take the picture of topless woman 🙂
    By the way, you are fond of taking pictures xD

  3. Indigo says:
    at 12:22 pm

    I love Ubud and vicinity. I spent almost a year there. It changed my life. So much of what I talk to Kelli about comes from what I learned there. I wouldn’t even have gotten LOA had it not been from literally experiencing those principles while living there, even though I didn’t know what to call it at the time. I just knew to be still until something moved me, then follow that inspiration. It was a miraculous place, and I’m sure still is.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 6:22 pm

      Indigo, it really is a wonderful place, right? So much room for growth here, between the temples, the yoga spots, the ashrams….Ubud is a beautiful place and I too have seen so much growth any time we visit here. Thanks for sharing Indigo 🙂

  4. Tor Refsland says:
    at 3:23 am

    Hi Ryan,

    thanks for another great share from exotic destinations 🙂

    I really like the way you are building up your post with content marketing, sharing experience from your travels, giving value by recommending your book (which will benefit people greatly) and at the end give another hot tip on how people can use Hootsuite to shave several hours off their work day.

    In addition, you have just finished your 8 ebook? You ARE a machine 😉

    Tor Refsland

  5. Dennis says:
    at 5:14 am

    You did go to the monkey forest!

    We took pictorials wearing their wedding outfits. It was fun though I hated my make up LOL

    Check out Maya Ubud. Their spa beside the mountain is wonderful!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:53 pm

      We just did an outside the park shot Dennis but will be visiting soon. Gotta do Monkey Forest to fully experience Ubud. You did? Way cool….make sure to email me those photos, I’d love to check them out. Oh yes the white makeup. Will do sound like an awesome spot dude.

  6. Carol Amato says:
    at 6:29 pm

    Hi, Ryan,

    Wow, Ubud, Bali, huh? Those dragons are humongous (is that a word?)!

    Your focus on living the dream is so easy for me to relate to because so many entrepreneurs/bloggers are touting the fact that they work hard and are so proud of how much they work and that they have a great work ethic.

    That’s all well and good, but what difference does all the great work that you do make if you have absolutely no time to enjoy your life?

    Balance is the key in everything, including online business.

    That’s exactly why the last six months I’ve done several video tutorials on taking time out and enjoying the “WHY” of your work…

    I used to love listening to the roosters in the wee hours of the morning upon rising… we had a small farm in the country with chickens, sheep, horses, dogs, cats, and a big garden that gave a bountiful yield and caused me to sleep very well at night. 😉

    The Balinese sound like wonderful people, would love to visit some time.

    Our rice fields swampy? I was wondering that…

    Thanks for sharing your experiences, Ryan – certainly enjoyed reading. 🙂

    Talk to you soon.
    – Carol

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:47 pm

      Hi Carol, Oh yes they are quite swampy, especially now that it’s low season. The ducks are in a state of bliss 😉 The fields are filling up with water and get really mucky, so it’s a great environment for growing rice, and for feeding the many ducks which you see. Yep I at least think it’s a word hahaha….and yep, they are huge. Your farm sounded beyond awesome. I find it fun to be surrounded by so many awesome animals, and to have that “live off of the land” aspect of your life in space. Makes one feel at one with the earth seems to bring us more peace. Thanks Carol, for your thoughtful share, and for your unending support!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:29 pm

      Jolie, Bali rocks so much. Kelli and I love your country 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and enjoy your day!

  7. Barry Moore says:
    at 7:02 am

    I’ve been to Ubud as well. It is so beautiful and peaceful.

    And yeah, the monkey stole all my stuff.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:19 pm

      Barry, Ubud rocks! Those monkeys are naughty 😉 One nipped Kelli but it was her fault. She took its brochure lol….thanks for stopping by!

  8. preetam says:
    at 2:19 pm

    Well written article. Shared this on Twitter. Would like to check out more articles on your website

  9. Marianne @ Mum on the Move says:
    at 7:21 am

    Absolutely, I love Bali! It’s one of those places that gets under your skin. Every time I go, I think I will regret it because it won’t live up to my expectations, or I might decide I’m bored of going back to the same place. But I never do – I just end up not wanting to leave again! Enjoy Paradise, and have a vodka martini at Naughty Nuri’s for me 🙂

  10. Rachel says:
    at 7:49 am

    Ubud is SO awesome!! I’ve only been here a few days and without doing any touristy things (just working from my little villa in a rice field) I have soaked up the atmosphere and the culture, and I already love it!! I started volunteering at BARC today (a dog shelter) which I would recommend dropping into if you like puppies. One thing I would say for anyone on their way here is beware of the traffic! The roads can be a little bit chaotic for scooters. So take it slow. Thanks for posting – keep up the good work 🙂

  11. Bali Plus says:
    at 1:26 am

    Very nice article. Thank you so much for sharing your Bali experience. Much appreciated!

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