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!