Amid the torrent of travel advice, try not to miss these

less-advertized Ubud local classics.

Theme hutsSPA MassageAfternoon TeaLibraryJungle BathingEco-consciousfrom 25 US$

1. Gastronomy  Join locals from all around Bali who proclaim Ibu Oka's the best roast suckling pig. Arrive at the stand across from Ubud Palace about 11:30 AM as serving stops when sold out. Spicy! About 2$ for "Special" portion.

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2. Rice Fields play an integral role in Balinese life and culture. Trek in any direction from Ubud or sit by the pool at SPA Hati directly on a rice field. Admission 3$US(ask about weekly rate) also steam massage etc. www.spahati.com

3. Massage Ubud's oldest SPA and still the most sublime. Homemade natural products, outdoor rooms, flower baths, experienced   masseurs some of whom have stayed for decades. Unique Sumatran technique About 10$/15$US hour massage /two hour treatment.

4. Dance "Bali Spirit" features most famous dancers yet is less commercial than the Palace. Variety programs on Tuesdays. Tickets about 5.50$US.

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5. White Herons  land in the trees in Petulu Village at dusk (30 minutes by bicycle, 15 minutes by car from Ubud.) A few at first and then by the hundreds turning the trees  pure white. Sheer Joy! Free of charge.

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6. Shuttle tours in endless combinations stop at four or five of Bali's long list of important spots, many of them sacred. Non guided half-day tours, sometimes air conditioned vans. Book at any travel shop one day ahead. About 5$US

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7. Ceremonies and Festivals are ongoing thoughout the year such as processions, temple anniversaries, tooth filings, cremations, and lunar holidays. Visitors to Ubud are the likeliest to see the full pomp associted with these endangered traditions. Bargain for a 2$ sarong at Ubd Market to wear when you enter temples.

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