Ubud Warnings and Dangers
Ubud is wonderful and Bali is magic, but there are a few things to watch out for when visiting so you don’t get harmed, robbed or in trouble.
Many people assume because Ubud is in the foothills, they will not have to watch for the sun. Be careful though, it can get really hot and you can easily get sunstroke; wear a hat and drink lots of water to avoid dehydration. At night it can also remain quite warm.
The monkeys on Bali are macaques which, in dominant males, display a high degree of aggressiveness. Be careful to avoid them in the forest and at any of the high temples. If you are bitten or scratched there are some serious infectious diseases concerns associated with these injuries.
Illegal Drugs in Bali
Visitors to Bali should not even think about bringing or purchasing any narcotics, or anywhere in Indonesia for that matter. This includes cannabis, even in small amounts. The drug laws are very strict, including death by firing squad. There are plenty of foreign nationals languishing in the Kerobokan prison in Bali for drug-related offenses. In Kuta and other party areas of southern Bali, young people may offer you some marijuana, but chances are they are working with the police. It’s not worth the risk. Bali is intoxicating enough. Plus, alcohol is legal.
A few other things to note: Some hotels don’t offer the best security. For instance, if there is a conflict between guests they don’t always intervene. Also people have been robbed in their rental houses, even when the doors are windows are locked.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Ubud.