8 Things You Never Knew You Could Do in Ubud, Bali

You can take art classes at the Puri Lukisan museum.
The Puri Lukisan museum in Bali. Photo by Flickr/Farley Roland Endeman

When you think about Ubud, Bali, you can’t help but picture rice paddy fields, a nice villa with a private swimming pool costing less than $100 per night, and delicious Indonesian food and yoga classes. But the town of Ubud, located in the uplands of Bali, Indonesia, has kept a few secrets that you might not expect to find in Bali.

Art Courses at Puri Lukisan

Here at Ubud’s first museum, home of the finest modern Balinese art, Museum Puri Lukisan offers a wide variety of art classes from offering making, traditional painting, gamelan, flute playing, mask painting, batik, shadow puppet, wood carving, Balinese dance and basketry. Classes start at $13. Museum Puri Lukisan is definitely a great place for anyone who wants to learn more about the Balinese culture in Ubud. http://museumpurilukisan.com/workshop/

Volunteer for Ubud Writers Readers Festival

Ubud Writers Readers Festival is one of the biggest literary events in Asia. A this five-day festival, you’ll get a chance to sit with leading writers, thinkers, artists and performers from across Indonesia and all around the world. While the daily pass to attend the whole programs can be a little expensive, Ubud Writers Readers Festival welcomes people who are interested in volunteering during the festival. You only have to work for couple of hours per day, and then will get to attend the festivals for free. For literary lovers, this is a great chance to improve your writing skills, meet and greet international writers and thinkers and make new friends from all over the world. For more info http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com/

Volunteer at Bali Animal Welfare Association

Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) is a small organization whose people work hard every day to save the lives of Bali’s animals and give them a better future. They can often use volunteer expertise on specific projects and sometimes to support their daily work.  Some areas in which specialist skills are welcome are graphic design and product design, photography and filmmaking, writing, social media projects, IT and data base development, fundraising, sponsorships, event management and administration. If you love animals and would love to make a different with BAWA, contact info@balianimalwelfare.com

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