Finding a place that offers both delicious vegan food and an adventurous experience does not have to be hard. In fact, it isn't if you journey to the town of Ubud. The cultural capital of Bali--an island off the coast of Indonesia--this vegan paradise is located on the hilltops of the tropics, which has the perfect climate; it is never too hot or ever too cold in comparison to its neighboring islands.
Come here to soak up the sun while discovering a wide variety of exciting activities to do and sights to see. From ancient and historical Hindu temples and educational museums to breathtakingly beautiful rice fields, such as the Tegalalang rice fields and famous water temples (where you can purify your soul in holy springs!), there is no shortage of areas to explore and spots to snap a candid photo of yourself at. Moreover, visit some workshops where the locals teach and create statues and other crafts with their traditional methods. And if you need a break from the inland heat of the sun, there are plenty of paradise-like beach towns close by that are begging for you to stop by and take a dip in. These beaches are famous for hosting world-known surf breaks and draw in surfers from every corner of the planet all year round.
When you get hungry, get ready to feast on the abundance of all-vegan restaurants that Ubud has to offer. Because of the town's spiritual ambiance, the residents there focus on eating healthy foods, such as smoothie bowls and raw dishes. In fact, the most popular dining experiences there are raw food, with several specializing in raw vegan food. However, if you're feeling like you want to indulge on some guilty pleasures and heavy comfort foods, there are plenty of vegan-version pizzas, burgers, pasta, and yes, even ice cream!
Even on its own, Ubud has traditional cuisine that is already vegan-friendly with tofu and tempeh (a soy-based product that is also similar to tofu) being a dominant presence in many dishes. And if you want to learn how to make and cook these traditional meals for yourself (or just to have an illuminating experience), the area has many cooking schools that are actually catered to vegan travelers to teach them Ubud’s plant-based recipes!
After you have explored the region, done all those activities, and enjoyed all the delicious food, you can relax your mind and body with yoga. Valuing the importance of mindfulness, wellness, and the spirit, Ubud attracts countless visitors, specifically yogis (people who practice yoga proficiently), globally and year-round as one of the few yoga paradises in the world. An activity that is central to the town, Ubud's captivating scenery from its gorgeous beaches, temples, and rice fields to its lush jungles and surrounding volcanoes, will provide the best scenery to relax both your body and mind. With so much fabulous food, enriching experiences, and exquisite surroundings waiting, you can’t possibly go wrong putting this location on your next travel destination to check off your list in 2023!
WORDS BY: Theresa Do