Ubud Markets, Bali

When you travel people always tell you to get up early, beat the crowds, explore while everyone else is sleeping in or helping themselves to the hotel buffets. Normally I am one of those fine folk you’ll find hovering over the buffet for an hour or two too long, but I made an exception one morning to visit the Ubud Markets.

We knew we had to get there early and at 6am we took the short walk from our hotel to see it for ourselves. It was during this time that I fell down a slippery hill due to the rain that was falling that morning and smashed my phone. (In all seriousness though it was the one day I wear a white dress and it starts raining and THEN I fall on my ass and smash my phone and have to continue my day at 6am with mud marks smothered over my butt. Unlucky).

Let me say when we arrived it was the most vibrant and insane marketplace I have ever seen.  It was bliss! Literally hundreds of food and flower stalls were all set up either on the floor or on the back of trucks. Peace offerings were being made everywhere you looked and these local women had baskets overflowing with the most gorgeous flowers! We stood and watched them weave the little baskets you literally see every two steps in Bali, and paid attention to all the small details that went into making these daily offerings.

After a good hour and a bit walking around in the pouring rain, the marketplace started to suddenly pack up. Within what seemed like minutes the shops starting closing and motorbikes were stacked with the leftovers to take away. We quickly realised that as we neared 8am the entire market place was being swapped over from food and veggies to tourist memorabilia stalls and all of a sudden it started to look more familiar to our last visit. I can’t recommend enough heading here for a visit before 8am if you want a quick glimpse at traditional local life….it’s definitely worth falling down a hill and smashing your phone!

 

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  1. September 27, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Oh that is interesting about the swap of stalls! Ah! How unfortunate that you slipped! but it does make for a good story!

    nat // dignifiable

    • September 28, 2016 / 8:43 am

      Happy to take a fall every now and again to keep things interesting 🙂

    • September 28, 2016 / 8:43 am

      Ohhh really?? Where did you go?? Hope you had a wonderful time!

  2. September 27, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Oh wow good one with getting there on time to see the better version of the market! Sorry to hear about the phone though :

    • September 28, 2016 / 8:44 am

      So worth getting up early for, it was such a different experience than anything else I have ever seen! First smashed iPhone screen, it was bound to happen at some point I suppose 🙁

    • September 28, 2016 / 8:45 am

      It was so incredible!!! Such an experience. Oh I’m fine thanks, just a bruised ego, nothing to worry about !!! xx

  3. September 28, 2016 / 6:43 am

    All these colours and exotic ingredients! I’ve never been to Bali but it is certainly on the top of my list!
    Great pictures 🙂
    xo
    Anastasia
    http://www.natbees.com

    • September 28, 2016 / 8:45 am

      Oh have you not? These are the parts of Bali I love the most…. when you see the locals just doing their thing and no tourists around (besides us haha). Such a beautiful place to visit, I highly recommend x

    • September 28, 2016 / 8:46 am

      They were so intense and beautiful!!!! It was hard to pull myself out of bed so early, in the rain, but it all paid off. It was such a fun thing to go and experience x

  4. Taylor Morrison
    September 29, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    Going to markets in foreign countries is one of my favorite things to do, even going to farmers markets in other cities are such great ways to see how other people eat and shop and interact- I love it! This market in Bali looks so beautiful and I’m sorry about your phone but atlas it was well worth it!

    -Taylor
    http://www.greysuede.com

    • September 29, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      Isn’t it just a great thing to do everywhere? It’s always a different experience in each place… I completely agree with you!!!! I’m a massive fan of people watching and markets are always a sure bet on seeing interesting things.

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