Quick Guide to Ubud – Bali

Zen hideaway Ubud

I visit Ubud for a couple of days each time I am in Bali, I love it, in particular I love eating out in Ubud. Ubud is surrounded by rainforests and terraced rice paddies, just another reason why I love the area. This blog is a quick guide to Ubud: places to eat and adventures to take whilst in Ubud.

Things to do in and around Ubud

Monkey Forest – I love the Monkey Forest, but must admit that the monkeys can be a little scary. Definitely worth a visit.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace – Ubud is surrounded by rice fields everywhere, but Tegalalang Rice Terraces are the most impressive and picturesque. You can walk around the rice fields for a small fee and can shop in the markets on the street at the top.Things to do in Bali

Zen Hideaway – The famed swing that hangs in between coconut trees, high on top of the valley, offering you spectacular views of Ayung River, a mini waterfall, rice fields and Mount Agung. No doubt you have all seen photos of this spot on Instagram. I didn’t expect the swing to be so busy and cost $25USD for 30 minutes, but it was still cool. You can get accommodation out here which would be nice for a night of zen.

Zen hideaway Ubud

Tegenungan Waterfall – a flowing waterfall surrounded by lush greenery, around 15 minutes out of Ubud. Definately worth a visit.

Tirta Empul Temple – Ubud is a great place to visit Tirta Empul temple from. This temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification. See more on temples in Bali here. 

Spa days – When on holidays, indulge. There are spas everywhere!

Yoga and meditation – many places to choose from.

White Water Rafting – I didn’t do this as the water is really dirty and off-putting, maybe thats just me.

Shop – There are many places to shop, one of my favourite stores is Lost in Paradise. You may also want to check out Ubud Markets but it is crowded and a bit intense, I personally didn’t enjoy it.

Also check out Goa Gajah and Campuhan Rice Walk.

Now that should keep you busy!


Clear Cafe – My #1 place to eat in Ubud is Clear Cafe, everything on the menu is amazing! Must try, they also have a spa at the back of the restaurant, why not treat yourself.

Biah Biah Plus – Delicious and super cheap Indonesion/ Balinese food.

Others healthy favourites – Kafe and Seeds of Life

Ubud is a great place to base yourself for a trip up north to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces  and Pura Ulun Dana Beratan Temple pictured below.

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Recommended Length of Stay 

I recommend staying in Ubud for 4 nights

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