We love Ubud; our favorite road in this Bali town is Jalan Bisma. You’ll see why.
Near the town center, Jalan Bisma includes a good mixture of rice fields, home stays, restaurants, and spas. Our favorite place to stay there is Vera Accommodation; we like the sunny rooms, great breakfasts, very reasonable price, and wonderful family.
Vera Accommodation, within a Bali family compound, has five rooms for rent. We first stayed here when John was nine – and we’ve been back four more times.
View from our deck at Vera’s
Our room is light and airy
From the desk in our sunny room, we look out onto rice fields.
When we first arrived, we could watch from our windows a farmer planting rice.
The rice –which is an important staple in the Balinese diet – grows quickly.
A rice field along Jalan Bisma
Ducks crossing Bisma Road to go from one rice field to another.
Boys playing with their kites near the end of Jalan Bisma.
The Bisma Reggae band plays here–and serves good noodles.
At night, Barry and I would often wander over to the reggae place for the music and noodles.
Although I would never let a dog get up on a table especially if I am eating, one night a friendly dog came up for a few pats while we sat at Bisma Reggae. The Bali dog wasn’t begging, but perhaps that is because we were eating vegetable noodles and not pork ribs 🙂 . He proceeded to climb up, curl up at the end of our table, and nap for a bit before trotting off down Bisma Road 🙂 .
The friendly dog at the end of our table . Nalu, don’t get any ideas that you can do this. 🙂
Across the street from Vera’s – the Uma Sari pool – clean, air conditioned, friendly staff (see Made), reasonable price, breakfast included — and on Jalan Bisma
Gail, our friend from Seattle, enjoying the Uma Sari pool
Ganesha protects travelers and residents – here at Uma Sari on Jalan Bisma.
Rice field harvest – along Jalan Bisma.
View from our room at Vera Accommodation – harvested rice fields.
Ducks are an important part of the ecology of the rice fields – along Jalan Bisma.
Jalan Bisma ducks.
Even the slugs along Jalan Bisma are beautiful
Birds whirl over the Jalan Bisma rice fields near sunset
Ubud is a center for yoga of all kinds, so of course, Jalan Bisma has a yoga site.
At Vera Accommodation, August sometimes presents the offerings
The Balinese practice their religion and traditions each day. It isn’t for show. Whether tourists are there or not, the Balinese make offerings to their gods each day.
August at the family temple.
Krishna, Ayu, Dewa, and Barry on the path from Vera Accommodation to Jalan Bisma.
Ayu and August at Vera Accommodation. Made’s paintings are on the wall.
Dewa and Barry hanging out at Vera Accommodation.
Tofu Rica – my choice – at Nick’s on Jalan Bisma.
At Nick’s Pension on Jalan Bisma. We also use Nick’s beautiful pool
At the end of Jalan Bisma – on the main road, you’ll find the chef’s place: Warung Boga Sari, a favorite
Grilled vegetable and pineapple skewers with peanut sauce – yummy – at Boga Sari
The fresh salad with mango at Boga Sari – delicious
We also loved walking over to Umah Pizza, just a five-minute walk from where we were staying. Yes, they have a variety of pizzas – cooked in a wood fired pizza oven – and a big, fresh green salad. We also, on occasion, had the banana, nutella, and whipped cream dessert pizza! 🙂
A new restaurant on the Jalan Bisma rice fields. The owner invited Barry to come play the available guitar any time. 🙂
A new organic garden is at the end of Jalan Bisma!
A few humble places still remain along Jalan Bisma
Jalan Bisma also has tourist agencies, high-end shops, and even a charity to raise money for the Sumatra orangutans
Among many other tourist enterprises on Jalan Bisma, you’ll see Honeymoon Bakery, the Honeymoon Guest House, a backpacker’s hostel, and Lily’s Spa – where you can get a 60-minute good massage for about $6.00. And the rice fields are still there and enough wildlife to attract birders.
Bird watchers on Jalan Bisma
When you go to Ubud, be sure to check out Jalan Bisma. You are likely to love it.
Aloha & Sanpai jumpa, Renée