OK, you've seen Eat, Pray, Love and want to come here! Ubud tourism and traffic a bit out of control now. I first came here 30 years ago! But still a great place with beautiful Balinese people practising Balinese Hinduism. It's a special place to be sure. holistic healing, yoga retreats, cheap massages and main/pedis!!! Raw, vegan, organic foods (but you can still get an Aussie steak!) The best non alcoholic drinks... ginger, tamarind, cocowater, lime, juices, exotic fruit.. mnnnn... mangosteens! !!
A lot of good community projects, Expats contributing to clean water, education, recycling projects.
It;s not as cheap as it used to be, land and houses expensive now (lease only!) And alcohol is expensive! $30 for a bottle of wine that costs $8 elsewhere! But life is bagus! ... And don't expect to find a Javier Bardem here... (I've snagged him!! ; )