Ubud is a remarkable town in the middle of the island of Bali, Indonesia, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. For more than a century, it has been the island's preeminent centre for fine arts, dance and music. While it once was a haven for scruffy backpackers, cosmic seekers, artists and bohemians, Ubud is now a hot spot for literati, glitterati, art collectors and connoisseurs. Tourism on the island developed after the arrival of Walter Spies, an ethnic German born in Russia who taught painting and music, and dabbled in dance. The Ubud area is around two- to three hundred meters above sea level and surrounded by rice fields and majestic volcanic hills, which makes it noticeably cooler than then other tourist destinations in Bali. Neighbouring villages are well known for unique bamboo crafts and furniture, wood- and stone carving and many other crafts. Ubud is famous for it's regularly nightly traditional dance performances, which are part of the traditional culture and are arranged for tourists on a regular schedule. In this town, you can visit the temples and villages that have remained relatively unchanged through the years. Ubud was voted in recently as the most fascinating city of Asia by Condé Nast Traveler.
Ubud is located 35 km northeast of Bali's International Airport.