While Ubud is probably best enjoyed with others, it’s also a great getaway if you’re looking for some alone-time. It’s certainly safe to travel here by yourself. If you want to retreat into deep peace and solitude, it’s best to book accommodation that’s slightly outside of town. Because of Ubud’s small size, it’s easy to meet others.
The Balinese are open, friendly and keen to chat (often to practice their English) and any holiday-makers are more relaxed than at home. It’s almost the norm, rather than an exception to the rule, to strike up conversations with your driver, the staff at your hotel, or fellow travellers in cafes and restaurants or at a yoga class; you’ll meet people easily if that’s what you’re looking for.
Apart from a spate of handbag snatches that took place a couple of years ago, women aren’t generally under any threat in Ubud and scores of women travel (and live) here alone. As a woman you can wear what you like and go wherever you like, though we recommend you always use your common-sense. Avoid walking late at night on your own if you can help it.
Some women fall in love with a local, only to find out later that he’s married. Balinese men still marry much younger than in the West. If he’s over 25, be warned: he probably has a wife and children!