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Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

Lazy days in Ubud

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Like Hoi An in central Vietnam and Luang Prabang in Laos, Ubud in Bali is a town that has wholeheartedly embraced Western tourism; the streets are lined with hotels, souvenir shops and restaurants. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Yes, it’s heavily commercialised and a little contrived, but there’s still something very appealing about Ubud and the surrounding countryside. Hindu shrines and temples are squeezed into every available space. The streets are strewn with carefully packaged offering of petals, fruit and rice. Taxi drivers politely offer “transport” to passing pedestrians. Ancient statues are draped with silk or garlanded with flowers.Β It’s all very conducive to doing not very much at all, a welcome change of pace and scene after the (quite literal) fire and brimstone of east Java.

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5 Responses to “Lazy days in Ubud”

  1. bluebrightly

    If this is commercialized, I could put up with it! πŸ˜‰ Beautifully done images, and very refreshing to dip into the gentleness of Balinese culture. I like the concentration on the woman’s face int he first photo, love the shrine almost floating in water in the 4th, the angle you used in the 8th photo (the procession in the street), and the details of the food offerings, mask and the mandala on the ground with scattered offerings – wonderful image! Thank you.

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