Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. This is the place where artists, musicians and dancers come to live and work, and their influence is everywhere. The town is surrounded by rice paddies and jungle, and is a great place to experience traditional Balinese culture. There are art galleries, handicrafts stores, yoga centres and spas galore, as well as a lively nightlife.Ubud is also the starting point for exploring the rest of the island. You can go trekking in the mountains, white-water rafting, cycling or do a day trip to one of the nearby temples or beaches.