Fast food restaurants become primary choices for you during spending some times in Kuta or Nusa Dua. Because you are in hurry or this kinds of restaurant offer you good taste products at affordable price. But if you trip to Ubud, don’t expect it!
Local government claimed that fast food restaurant is not matched with the value held by Ubud community. In the meantime, they will produce a lot of plastic garbage that will definitely affect on the environment. Besides, local restaurants and local people can take more advantages without fast food restaurants in Ubud. It is considerably a good way to preserve Ubud keep on its track as naturally spiritual destination.
Also, no pubs and clubs like in Kuta which music is still on till dawn. Ubud really offer different thing. At night, nice music is still possible to be listened to at some restaurants. No prestigious mall at all. Mall will not allow person-to-person interaction. Or in short no bargaining process. In Balinese traditional life, bargaining process is a social interaction; a key point to socialize to others.
Trip to Ubud aside from all forbidden things, Ubud is a modern place with its nature charms and particular taksu ; an undefined thing which make people come again and again.
Gianyar Regent who is also Ubud Royal family member stated that Ubud has been changed from agricultural area to tourism destination. And that fast growing in tourism creates such of cultural transformation. No doubt, tourism brings prosperity but he said that it is important also to keep taksu (strong aura) so that people can still enjoy the same Ubud for the next 100 years and more.
But it is surprising that one of popular coffee shop in the world finally open its new outlet in Ubud. Hopefully it doesn’t mean that local government start to steer Ubud to different way.