NEW NORMAL ON CHANGING THE AVIATION AND TRAVELLING BUSINESS

We see it and hear it everywhere, “stay at home”, “wear a facemask”, “wash those hands”, “physical distancing”. Now, we are protecting ourselves to stay at home while also helping the people and even the world to recover…

The covid19 outbreak changed our path of life. In order to prevent the virus transmission, people are encouraged to be substituted to stay at home, doing an isolation. School, work and any other activity must be done at home. Nearly all countries urge their people to not leave the house if not an emergency case. However, there are indeed some of them who has to go out for work which can’t be done from home.

Though it is a must to obey this new health protocol, we couldn’t fool ourselves that we are bored to death. Even a super-introvert needs to go out to socialize with their anti-social-social club. Before, travelling is like a religion, meaning something that tie you up, represents you, and live with you. Besides, the fact about a long quarantine effects a negative impact to country’s economy even makes it worst. Especially, tourism, which known to be the most suffered sector in this situation.

Whilst the covid-19 pandemic is still engulfing, several countries have adopted a new way which is expected stimulates the economy, namely new normal. The people began their activities again and implemented health protocols like wearing face masks, physical distancing, and maintain cleanliness. Gradually, tourism is slowly being revived. Some countries have developed some new rules, starting from the preparing the new protocols of transportation, the requirements that has to be done before travel, and also a new corridor to get abroad, which is called travel bubble.

Wait, what is travel bubble anyway?

According to Forbes, travel bubble is increasingly in demand by several countries to restart cross-country travel in this pandemic situation. Besides Australia and New Zealand, there are also Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania who are planning to do a travel bubble. In fact, Indonesia also plans to open a travel bubble with four countries; China, South Korea, Japan and Australia. So, what is a travel bubble that is now being looked at by several countries in the world?

Briefly, travel bubble is an agreement between two or more countries, which had successfully control the covid-19, to create a bubble or travel corridor. This bubble will make it easier for residents who live in it to travel freely, and avoid the obligation of independent quarantine. This step will make it easier for communities to cross borders with minimum complexity. Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said through a statement that the travel bubble was an opportunity for businesses to be reopened.

Travel bubble is a light of hope for people that life will return to normal. According to VOA News, travel bubble gives a sense of security, and could show whether it is safe to depart or return. However, according to experts, this idea is also a challenge for many countries to control the covid-19 outbreak. For example, the government of a country will prepare contact tracing for people who are sick when they arrive from abroad to stop the outbreak of a larger population.

Senior Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Stephen Nagy, said in VOA News that all countries in the travel bubble will need a safety zone that is set up, and the traveller might be increase, so they have to look and monitoring at the last three or four destinations. Meanwhile, The Chief Executive of Aotearoa Tourism Industry, Chris Roberts, said, the travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand, for example, might become a reference for the whole world.

Nevertheless, Australia and New Zealand are the same as other countries; be careful to not step forward too fast, in order to prevent the second wave of the virus. If it’s too fast, then it will endanger the country’s image for international tourists who see them as a clean and trusted country. Still, the Executive Director of the Australian Tourism Industry Board, Simon Westaway, and Roberts remain hopeful. If it is considered applicable in Australia and New Zealand, it can also be applied elsewhere. The two countries have attracted world attention because they succeeded in preparing for the spread of the plague. Roberts said, if they can also find ways to revive travel between countries, they are sure the whole world will be interested to see how it works.

But, we might not forget about the flights. We take a look the low-cost airline Singapore Airlines subsidiary, Scoot, for example. They implemented a number of measures to safeguard the health of passengers and crew as several flights and transit resumed at Singapore Changi Airport from June 2020. Like it or not, airlines have to adapt to the new normal Corona virus pandemic. Scoot will improve its operational procedures and introduce additional preventative measures so that passengers can fly more comfortably.

When some airlines start operating again, they work with regulators and health experts to implement a comprehensive set of steps to ensure the highest possible cleanliness standards, and to give passengers the confidence that they can fly safely with Scoot. Some of the new rules is food and drinks are not available for purchase online and on flights, food will be provided first in the seat if possible. Duty-free shopping on flights is also not available.

On the other hand, there are standard protocols that must be obeyed by passengers and flight service providers, from before to after the flight. This protocol applies to all destinations, including Bali.

  1. Pre-flight
  2. The airlines are obliged to socialize the provisions and procedures for passenger, during the period of productive and safe community activities from COVID-19, in accordance with applicable health protocols.
  3. Prospective passengers must meet all the health protocols and submit the health declaration form, according to requirements issued by the ministry of health;
  • Showing a PCR test certificate with a negative result that is valid for 7 days or a Rapid Test certificate with a non-reactive result that is valid for 3 days at the time of departure.
  • Shows a symptom-free certificate such as influenza issued by the Hospital Doctor or primary health-care for areas that do not have PCR Test or Rapid Test facilities.
  1. The ticket purchasing system must be able to ensure compliance with the requirements of health documents, according to the applicable health protocols, both online and offline. Especially for offline ticket purchasing, prospective passengers are also required to use masks and maintain physical distance with others.
  2. The airlines are required to verify health documents and only issue the tickets only if the passenger meets the requirements.
  3. Ticket reporting before approval (check-in) with the following conditions:
  • Passengers must arrive at the airport 4 hours before the departure time, bringing all health documents and other requirements issued by the authorized agency.
  • Passengers should prioritize the electronic check-in process (online), through the website or the self-check-in counter at the airport.
  • Passengers are required to use a face mask and follow all inspection procedures in accordance with applicable health protocols.
  • For passengers who do not meet the health protocol terms and conditions, the airlines must refuse the passenger to depart.
  1. The process of boarding an aircraft (boarding), with the following conditions:
  • While waiting for boarding, it is required for passengers to occupy the seats provided, while wearing masks and maintaining physical distance from others.
  • Passengers are required to follow all instructions given by the airlines.
  • It is required to ensured and maintain physical distance during the boarding process using the passenger stairs.
  • The cabin crew must arrange the passengers inside the Apron Passenger Bus (APB) to get to the airplane, while still apply physical distancing.
  1. In-flight
  • Hand sanitizer or liquid soap and tissue in the lavatory.
  • Passengers and flight attendant must always wear a mask while in the plane.
  • Passengers are required to occupy the seat according to the number listed on the boarding pass and are not allowed to change the seat.
  • Passengers must reduce interaction or physical contact with fellow passengers, or cabin crew during the flight.
  • The ticket purchasing system must be able to ensure compliance with the requirements of health documents, according to the applicable health protocols, both online and offline. Especially for offline ticket purchasing, prospective passengers are also required to use masks and maintain physical distance with others.
  1. Post-flight

The process of getting off the plane is done with the following conditions:

  • The flight crew must arrange the process of getting off passengers, so that they always maintain physical distancing.
  • If the getting off process does not use the passenger stairs, it must be carried out while maintain physical distancing.
  • The airlines must arrange for passengers inside the Apron Passenger Bus (APB) to arrive at the arrival terminal to maintain physical distancing.
  1. Transit or transfer process
  • Airlines must provide officers in the transit area, to serve and give direction to passengers, and ensure health protocols are implemented properly.
  • Passengers who are in transit may only be directed to the departure room, after ensuring all travel documents and medical documents are in accordance with the regulations at the destination airport.
  1. Medical check-up process upon arrival
  • Arriving passengers must be checked for body temperature and also the completeness of health documents in accordance with applicable health protocols.
  • Passengers who do not meet the requirements will be followed up in accordance with the provisions that have been set.
  1. Baggage claim
  • Passengers are allowed to collect baggage after completed the medical check-up process.
  • Airlines must ensure physical distance is maintained in the baggage claim area.
  • All passengers are required to use a face mask.

Those are the various provisions and health protocols, if you want to travel by plane during the new normal era. Make sure you understand each of the rules and implement them!

And… What would traveling be like in The New Normal?

Experts predict there will be changes in the tourism industry. Travelers must be ready to adapt to changes that affect habits to trends. Here is what we could predict.

Short distance travel is preferred

There will be a rise of travellers who want to go somewhere not too far away. A simple and short-range vacation, like a staycation will be popular.

Non-mainstream places

The period of stay at home can be used by people to prepare more carefully for the upcoming travel plans. People will choose a tourist destination that is different from their previous expectations. They would prefer a place that are still quiet.

A stricter safety and medical examination

Security checks evolve over the time. Before, the airplane’s security checks were far laxer. But when there is a change, there is a period of adaptation, but after that people will become accustomed and consider it normal. In the future, health and safety checks will be tighter. Initially, people may feel confused when adapting, but sooner or later, everything will feel normal. The healthcare and travel industry will be very close, there will be many new standards in terms of cleanliness.on

Price increases

Increasing hygiene standards in ensuring the safety and comfort could impact to an expensive price. For example, in a hotel, people might be concerned about cleanliness and there will be new standards so that customers feel safe, but the impact is surely on the price. Costs incurred to meet health and safety standards in the new normal era have an impact on the decision to raise the price for tourism products. Sadly, there will be many people who can’t afford it, but in general it will be healthier for tourism industry since people will prefer something safe, even though it’s not cheap. Airplane ticket could also be pricey because they have to reduce passenger capacity for safety.

So, are you prepared? We are very sure that we could overcome this situation, and hoping to be back to “normal” again. As always, stay healthy, folks!

Foreigner Family-of-four survive Bali lockdowns with a Story

To reduce the stress and tension for COVID-19, here we tell you the story about the British Family who survive beautifully during the lockdown phase.

A British family-of-four are isolating in an idyllic bamboo hut in Bali after fleeing the UK amid the coronavirus crisis. Corinne Pruden, 39, and her husband Dave, 49, bought a one-way ticket for them and their twin toddler sons on March 16, flying out that afternoon – eight days before the UK imposed its lockdown. The couple had been living in Budapest for the last five years, where they ran a cafe, but had let their apartment to go backpacking around South America for six months before the virus hit. They were staying with their family in the UK for a few days to say their goodbyes when the US imposed its foreign travel ban – meaning their flights were cancelled.

Speaking to the local news, Dave said they’d planned to go on an ‘adventure’ and felt they were ‘dressed up with nowhere to go’ – so decided to make last minute alternative arrangements and flew to Denpasar. ‘Our flights were cancelled, our cafe The Goat Herder was closed, and we were facing a lockdown, and we thought, we’ve got an adventure planned, we’ve told the boys, we’ve got to do something, we can’t just let this thing beat us, so we booked a ticket that day and flew to Bali later on that afternoon,’ he said.

Corinne added that staying in the UK long term with their parents ‘wasn’t feasible’, and finding a place to rent in Europe would have been expensive – so they decided on Indonesia. ‘Bali was that option that, minus the healthcare – that was a huge concern – but it gave us the opportunity to stay somewhere for a relatively cheap price, surround the boys with nature, isolate ourselves relatively and just make sure that we stayed as far away from society as possible to give ourselves the chance to survive this thing,’ Corinne said, admitting that their travel insurance was void.

The family had to pack up and travel two hours from the south coast to London Heathrow, dropping off their rental car, all in a very tight timeframe. Corinne said it was a ‘really strange feeling’ because they family were doing the opposite of what everyone else was doing, with Brits returning home from all over the world. ‘We felt sort of courageous but perhaps being a little bit stupid or naive – it was quite hard to pigeonhole our actions and emotions and it was quite stressful,’ Corinne admitted. Writing on Instagram, she said: ‘As we took off from London, and arrived in Brunei for our transfer, we sat for six hours watching flight after flight being cancelled. Finally, an empty plane arrived and no more than 20 people, including us, boarded for Denpasar.  ‘Arriving in Bali was such a relief. It had been a stressful decision. We managed to get in with an extendable visa on arrival. Within two days, the visa scheme was cancelled for new arrivals.’

She told how they were offered a ‘really, really good’ price for an Airbnb in Ubud, which is located in the middle of rice fields and means they’re ‘totally isolated’.  Writing on Instagram, Corrine said: ‘There’s very little good news at the moment, so when we were offered to rent this beautiful bamboo house in the middle of rice fields for a fraction of the usual cost, we said yes! Through a small twist of fate, we’ve found ourselves in paradise.’ They had previously been staying near Denpasar, but found it too busy, before moving to Amed on the northeast coast of Bali.  The Prudens travelled to Ubud when the village chief of Amed imposed a total three-day lockdown preventing anyone from leaving their homes. Corinne said their bamboo home is perfect, adding that they’ve bought an inflatable swimming pool for the garden and receive fruit and vegetable deliveries from a Michelin star restaurant. The family spend their days walking among the rice fields, playing in the streams and immersing themselves in nature.

On a recent Instagram post, Corinne said: ‘Although the island is quiet, with next to no tourists, it still seems relaxed. Many of the shops, restaurants and cafés have closed.  ‘But sitting in our open-air house watching rice farmers go about their everyday activities is incredibly soothing. Every evening we are joined by frogs, lizards and even a resident bat.

The boys are more part of nature than we ever thought possible. And we have miles of farmers’ tracks, forest and rice fields to explore!’ Corinne said they have explained to their sons, who have been asking what is happening, that lots of people are getting ill, so they have to be careful what they touch. She said they feel lucky to be removed from the news of the coronavirus, but receive updates from their family. ‘If we didn’t talk to our family and we didn’t watch the news, we really wouldn’t be aware of anything happening here because we’re so isolated with this house,’ Corinne told Sky News.  ‘Whenever we get in contact with the real world, we see it’s pretty scary.’

What a beautiful story when we think of the situation right now. We hope that you have the same experience journey when you are in Bali during the lockdown time. Meanwhile you are in Bali please pay attention to the regulation that we have here, especially about your visa and your health. Contact your embassy whenever it is needed to get the first rescue during the pandemic. Now we will give you some advice when you are stay in Bali to do the prevention during the outbreak.

Wash your hands frequently with soap. This may seem obvious, but it’s about time we all started washing our hands properly. That means thoroughly lathering the backs of your hands, in-between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub for at least 20 seconds and then dry your hands with a clean towel. Use a hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands immediately. Avoid crowded places and contact with people who are unwell.

Down with a fever, cough or the flu? Wear a mask and seek medical attention right away. If you haven’t been able to get your hands on a mask, cover your mouth with tissue paper whenever you cough or sneeze, and dispose of the tissue in a rubbish bin immediately.

Boost your immunity. A good one to practice not only during an outbreak but in everyday life too: boost your health and look after your immune system. Slurp on juices and coconuts (or even try one of Bali’s best juice cleanses), clock in enough exercise with an online class from one of Bali’s best gyms or yoga studios, and treat yourself to some stress-melting pampering with an at-home massage from one of Bali’s best spas. Top tip: try Indonesia’s age-old elixir of Jamu – a potent mixture of turmeric, tamarind, and sometimes ginger, lime and honey too. It’s an immunity-boosting traditional medicine that Indonesians swear by.

If you booked your Bali holiday before the Coronavirus outbreak, chances are, your insurance is still valid. For everyone else, you will need to confirm with your provider to determine whether any COVID-related issues will be covered – that includes medical treatment, flight cancellations, and even accommodation allowances if you happen to be held up anywhere. Luckily, many airlines and hotels are waiving cancellation fees and honoring refunds. Last but not least Listen to WHO & CDC. With so much misinformation and media hype out there, it’s important to listen to reputable sources. For all accurate updates, travel advice and support, check out WHO Indonesia and the Official CDC website.

 

 

 

 

Is it true that Bali is immune to covid-19?

Is it true that Bali is immune to covid-19?

For the beginning period into the Covid-19 pandemic and there is little to suggest that the Indonesian resort island of Bali is in the grip of a pending public health disaster with only 86 cases and two deaths.

That’s despite the fact the wider archipelagic nation is now widely seen as Southeast Asia’s slow-ticking coronavirus time bomb with the region’s highest number of cases at 4,839 as of April 14. Infections to date have been heavily concentrated on populous Java island. “I find it puzzling too because it doesn’t make sense,” says Rio Helmi, a long-time Balinese resident who writes a regular blog on life around the mountain town of Ubud about the low number of cases on Bali. “We don’t have the data, but there’s been no sign of a spike in deaths.” Nor are there stories of hospitals overflowing, a sharp increase in cremations or any other anecdotal evidence that the coronavirus is running rampant on the Hindu-majority island’s 4.2 million population, among them thousands of foreign residents.

In fact, there is no one that immune to Covid-19. Bali seems to have less case because the society imposing and obey the rules very well. Example the Bali capital of Denpasar has four crematoriums which don’t appear to be any more active than usual, even if Balinese do sometimes temporarily bury their dead to wait for an auspicious day to perform traditional funeral rites. Also, a lot of ceremonial event has been cancelled due to the spread of the pandemic. The discipline of the society giving good result toward the case of pandemic in Bali.

In the recent time Denpasar city on the resort island of Bali is set to impose its own kind of mobility restrictions starting Friday in an effort to clamp down on the transmission of the coronavirus. The curbs, officially called restrictions of community activities (PKM), aim to limit people’s daily activities, make masks mandatory in public, tighten security at all of the city’s entry points and enforce a policy of physical distancing. Though most of the measures have been in place over the past two months, the new restrictions will officially be stipulated in a Denpasar mayoral regulation and coupled with sanctions.

“Under the PKM, people don’t have to close their businesses. All economic activity keeps running with several conditions imposed,” Dewa told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. The new policy allows all businesses, including warung (sidewalk shops), restaurants, malls, traditional markets and grocery stores, to keep operating and other social activities to keep running normally.

However, Dewa said, all of them should strictly implement health protocols and comply with the limited operating hours.  Denpasar city on the resort island of Bali is set to impose its own kind of mobility restrictions starting Friday in an effort to clamp down on the transmission of the coronavirus.

The curbs, officially called restrictions of community activities (PKM), aim to limit people’s daily activities, make masks mandatory in public, tighten security at all of the city’s entry points and enforce a policy of physical distancing. Though most of the measures have been in place over the past two months, the new restrictions will officially be stipulated in a Denpasar mayoral regulation and coupled with sanctions.

The city administration opted to impose community activity restrictions rather than the generally favored large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) as they wanted to keep the local economy running, said Dewa Gede Rai, the spokesperson of Denpasar’s COVID-19 task force. “Under the PKM, people don’t have to close their businesses. All economic activity keeps running with several conditions imposed,” Dewa told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

The new policy allows all businesses, including warung (sidewalk shops), restaurants, malls, traditional markets and grocery stores, to keep operating and other social activities to keep running normally. However, Dewa said, all of them should strictly implement health protocols and comply with the limited operating hours.

Since last month, the city administration has required all traditional markets, grocery stores, shopping centers and all businesses to run only until 9 p.m. at the latest. Authorities have conducted inspections to monitor compliance with the policy. “Without the PKM we could so far only urge people [to obey], but without sanctions. Now [under the PKM], we are able to sanction those who ignore the measures,” Dewa said, adding that the sanctions varied starting from only a reprimand to the withdrawal of operation permits.

While the restrictions are in place, restaurants have been urged to maximize takeouts. “They should reduce the seat capacity to implement physical distancing. So, we urge them to prioritize takeaway,” he said. Students and civil servants will continue to study and work from home. Citizens are required to wear masks while going outside.

Authorities previously would give free masks to those found not wearing one while out in public. However, Dewa said, under the PKM, the violators would just be told to return home. Denpasar will also tighten supervision at the city’s entry points and only allow outsiders to enter the area for important reasons. Authorities are set to conduct random COVID-19 rapid tests in the borders.

Not only Denpasar but all of the region in Bali tighten their security towards the citizen. They encourage all of the citizen to do the prevention action by doing washing hands, social distancing, and wearing a mask whenever they leaving the house.

The government and society through non-government organization also actively providing free cloth mask in the street for those who are still not wearing mask when they go outside of their house. This whole action proved completely that can flatten the curve of the pandemic in Bali itself.

We all know that Bali is really famous with culture and religion which are really strength. This also can be a factor for this to happen. As the research suggest religions provide comfort and sense of security throughout the history of human civilization. By believing that God will guide us going out from this pandemic, the Balinese people giving all of they can to protect their family and avoiding the number of case being higher than before.

The drops in tourist arrivals during late February and March 2020 have made the tourism industry one of the first and hardest hit businesses sectors [29]. The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) reported a loss of about US $ 1.5 billion due to the corona virus outbreak since January 2020.

The Indonesian Travel Agent Association (Astindo) reported that since February 2020, there was relatively no income for the travel agent industry. The loss experienced by the travel industry in the form of 80% of potential passenger cancellations is likely to continue to grow in the future. Nationwide, Indonesian business sectors including tourism have limited business continuity plans and management (BCPM).

This also becoming a major issue in Bali, because we know Bali depends so much on Tourism activities. However, instead of choosing to be a rebel, the Balinese people thinking how to survive even though they are losing their job. Balinese people start to using the online platform to sell their products so they still get money but in the same time they are obeying the rules that has given by the government. This also can be some educations towards Balinese People on how to survive even during the pandemic.

Bali continue to growing besides of the COVID-19 virus itself. Actually no one is immune towards this virus. What makes Bali different is the citizen of Bali are willing to cooperating with the government to protect each other and flatten the curve of the disease.

Bali still need the cooperation between the citizen and government for COVID-19 since we are proceeding into new normal era. The Guidelines provide that government, the private sector and the community must cooperate and collaborate in efforts to mitigate and control COVID-19. The roles of health offices (Dinas Kesehatan), employment offices (Dinas Ketenagakerjaan), health centers (Puskesmas), hospitals/clinics, offices and industrial workplaces, and workers are all laid out in the Guidelines.

Offices/industrial workplaces shall:

  1. Provide a safe and healthy work environment for workers by implementing various measures to mitigate and control COVID-19 in the workplace. These measures shall be integrated with other occupational safety and health measures.
  2. Coordinate with their local health office in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace.
  3. Report to the health office if workers are exposed to COVID-19.
  4. Facilitate self-quarantine/self-isolation facilities for workers classified as OTG, ODP or PDP (if necessary).

The involvement of all parties – the government, businesses and the community – in the mitigation and monitoring of COVID-19 in the workplace can help minimize the impact of the virus on the sustainability of business, and can help to suppress and control the spread of the virus in the community. Workers play a significant role in breaking the chain of transmission due to their large numbers and high mobility and interaction. It is therefore crucial that the Guidelines are implemented as intended.

EatPrayLove journey in Ubud Bali after the coronavirus Outbreak

EatPrayLove journey in Ubud Bali after the coronavirus Outbreak

Most of the Bali locations for Eat Pray Love, the movie, were filmed in and around Ubud.

You can find beautiful rice fields that surpass those shown in the movie. The beach scenes were shot at Padang Padang, on south Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. Oddly, the real beach is more attractive than the sort of grey version seen in the film.

But for those hoping to imbibe at the beach bar where Julia Roberts meets Javier Bardem, there’s no point trying, as the bar was created for the movie.

Besides, there are many interesting things you can find in Ubud like, views at the Campuhan Ridge Walk, visiting a lot of Art Museum, Pura Taman Saraswati, Textile Arts Center, Goa Gajah Tempel, Ubud Monkey Forest, Ubud Art Market, and Tegallalang Rice Fields.

Views at Campuhan Ridge. If you want to get out and about in Ubud and take in the best of the local scenery then head to the Campuhan Ridge Walk which is located slightly out of town.

The walk will take you through a lush area of gorgeous hills which overlook an exquisite valley and you can meander along the ridge from the pretty starting point of Gunung Lebah Temple. There is a dedicated path here that you can follow and this is one of the nicest ways to take in some of the less developed areas around Ubud.

Interesting Art Museum in Ubud. You can find a lot of art museum such as Puri Lukisan Museum, Rudana Museum, Blanco Renaissance Museum, and Agung Rai Museum of Art.

When you just come to Bali and you have an interest in arts Ubud is a good choice to visit. If you want to learn more about the great art scene here and get an overview of the kinds of works produced in Bali then this is a great place to come.

Pura Taman Saraswati is a temple that dedicated to the Hindu goddess of wisdom and art called Dewi Saraswati. To that end, you will find gorgeous carvings of the goddess all over the building as well as fountains that gush from the front of the temple and fill a large limpid pond area.

The pond is covered in lush lotus blossoms and it is customary to bathe or drink the waters in order to harness some of the power of the goddess. There are also dance performances held here in the evenings when the temple is illuminated against the night sky and is even more magical than during the day time. Pura Taman Saraswati Ubud is slightly different from other temples in Bali.

On this temple, you will see ponds with pink lotus flowers and neatly arranged water parks. It makes the lotus pond become the main attraction of the Saraswati temple Ubud. Also, you will see frangipani trees are adorning the edge of the pond, and there is a bridge connecting the outer temple area to the main gate area.

When you cross the bridge, you will see many statues lined up on the edge of the bridge. Then you will see the beauty of the main gate with three large doors decorated with gold ornaments. Tourists prohibited from entering the inner temple area because those who can enter the inner temple area are only visitors who wish to pray.

Visiting Textile Art Center. This gorgeous textile gallery is not to be missed in Ubud and is also part of the Threads of Life charity which helps the local area through the sale of sustainable textiles. All the pieces here are made using natural dyes and with a range of weaving techniques found around Indonesia.

This means that you can enjoy centuries of handicrafts traditions here and there is an adjacent shop where you can pick up a few of your own pieces as souvenirs of your trip. If you want to get hands on then you can also join one of the in house textile-appreciation courses.

You can’t come to Ubud and not visit one of its signature attractions which is Monkey Forest. This is actually a series of three temples that date from the 14th century and sit in a nature reserve which has also been turned into a conservation area.

The complex is now overrun with cute primates, as you would expect from the name, and the monkeys here are said to be spiritual animals that guard the temples. You can buy bananas to feed the monkeys here but take care with your personal belongings as the monkeys have been known to snatch items like sunglasses from visitors. The Ubud Monkey Forest is not just a monkey spotting opportunity, it is a deeply important religious and spiritual complex for the local community.

Here you will find Balinese Hindu temples, tranquil rivers, beautiful moss-covered stones and stunning forested areas to explore. It’s also important to note that this is where the monkeys live and they are free to roam as they please, they are not confined.

Ubud Market is actually a series of different markets throughout the day and may look familiar as it was used as a location for the film Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts. The market sells fruits and vegetables in the morning and in the afternoon you will find arts and crafts pieces on offer which can make great souvenirs. And it is similar to Sukawati Art Market. It gets rather crowded in the afternoons so it is best to get here as early as possible to get the best deals.

If you’ve seen any photos of Bali online you will most likely recognise the shot below of lush green terraced rice fields. This is the iconic Tegalalang rice terrace, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ubud.

If you’re planning a trip to Bali, you have to add a visit to the rice fields of Ubud to your itinerary. Tegalalang rice fields is a series of rice paddies located close to Ubud, in the centre of Bali, famous for its terraced layout.

This is a traditional Balinese irrigation system known as subak. Positioned in a valley the Tegalalang rice terraces offer extremely scenic lookouts over the rice fields and surrounding green landscape. It’s a very popular tourist hotspot in Bali and a must-see in many Bali itineraries.