The Ubud Market

Located at the junction of Jalan Raya and Jalan Monkey Forest road, Ubud market is famous for traditional carvings, rattan goods, leather bags, paintings and basically every Balinese souvenir you could wish for. We headed for the local market early in the morning, a few hours before the tourist stalls were open as we wanted to see where and how locals shop and get our fill of the buzzing energy and chaos of people in the early morning as they rushed to get fresh ingredients for the rest of the day’s meals.

Despite the amount of traveling we have done in recent years we still haven’t learnt the art of bargaining/haggling – which is one of the reasons why we do not shop often. Not wanting to insult the sellers with a price which is too low or being thought as silly by paying too much (sometimes a multiple of the actual price), we tend to stick to just buying food.

We walked around the old market (last chance, as they will be moving in a couple of months to brand new, shiny buildings) and watched people while snacking on salak fruit.

All colours of the rainbow. Big baskets full of mango, mangosteen, salak and rambutan.

Salak fruit! Haven’t seen that many since our last visit in Cambodia.

Tight squeeze. Single file only.

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