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.
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.
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.
Recommended Length of Stay
I recommend staying in Ubud for 4 nights
Search for cheap accommodation options here.