Ubud is one of the most popular destinations in Bali, known for its lush rice paddies, beautiful temples, waterfalls, shopping, yoga and meditation retreats, and myriad of healthy restaurants.
Every trip to Bali should involve at least 3 days in Ubud. Below are the best things to do in Ubud and other helpful Ubud travel tips.
Things to do in Ubud Bali
Explore Tegalalang Rice Fields
Ubud is surrounded by lush rice fields, but the most popular is the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are around 20 minutes north of Ubud and can be viewed from the top, or you can adventure into the rice fields for a small fee. These rice fields can get really busy, so arrive early to beat the crowds.
Visit the Monkey Forest
One of the most popular places in Ubud is the Monkey Forest. This is the best place to see monkeys up close and personal. You also have the option to feed the monkeys. This can be scary at first but once you get used to it, it is a lot of fun. Just make sure you hold onto your belongings. The monkeys are notorious for stealing sunglasses, water bottles and even cameras. To enter the monkey forest, you will need to pay a small fee of 20,000 IDR per person.
Zen Hideaway is home to the famed Bali 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. It is a cool spot, but be aware, it costs $25USD for 30 minutes.
Tegenungan waterfall is a flowing waterfall surrounded by lush greenery, around 15 minutes out of Ubud. You can swim here, or hike to the base and top of the falls for photos. This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Bali so get ready to fight the crowds. The cost of entry is 15,000 IDR per person.
Shopping in Ubud
Ubud is home to the largest handicraft markets in Bali. You should give yourself a morning or afternoon to walk around the markets and shop for locally crafted goods. I must warn you that the Ubud markets can be very overwhelming. Locals are always approaching you to sell their items and for me, it was just to much.
This is a less popular (meaning less crowded) waterfall in Ubud. Cost Of Entry is 10,000 IDR.
Hike Mount Batur
Mount Batur is Balis second highest volcano, and can be hiked for sunrise. This was one of my favourite things to do in Ubud, despite the early wake up call. A driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the base of Mount Batur, around 2 hours away from Ubud. Along the way you will stop for breakfast, before setting off on the hike. It is a short but steep hike to the top, where you will be greeted with the sunrise. Despite Balis warm temperature, it is absolutely freezing at the top of Mount Batur, so be sure to take a jacket with you.
Campuhan Ridge Walk
The Campuhan Ridge Walk is a great place to go for your daily dose of exercise. The track is 9kms long and takes you through lush greenery and rice terraces. Along the way, you will pass Pura Gunung Lebah temple, so be sure to stop in.
Goa Gajah – Elephant Cave
The Goa Gajah Cave is a temple that dates back to the 11th century when it was used for meditation and religious rituals. The temple is located only two kilometres south of Ubud, and it worth a quick stop. Entry is 10,000 IDP per person. Don’t forget to cover your shoulders and knees before entering the temple.
Go White Water Rafting
If you are looking for an adventure packed activity, you can go whitewater rafting in Ubud. This is one of my favourite activities but to be honest, I was put off by the rubbish in the water.
Ubud is a yogis paradise, so it would be rude not to do at least one yoga class. You will find classes all over town, ranging from beginner to advanced. Sign up for a single class or a week long yoga and meditation retreat (depending on your level of interest).
See a traditional Balinese dance
Dances are an ancient part of Balinese tradition that are significant for both the religion and the culture of the country. The intricate gestures and hand movements of the dancers express stories told in ritualistic dance-dramas. You can experience a traditional Balinese dance performance in Ubud.
Join a c
A cooking class is one of the best way to immerse yourself into another culture, in my opinion. Why not sign up to a cooking class in Ubud.
The spa treatments in Bali are so affordable. You know you deserve it. Book yourself in for at least one treatment in Ubud.
Tour a coffee plantation
Bali is home to Kopi Luwak, one of the most famous and expensive coffees in the world. The coffee cherry is basically eaten by a Luwak then popped out before being roasted. There are many places in Ubud that offer coffee tours and more of an explanation on its production. I tried it and wasn’t overly impressed, but too, some people love it because they pay serious money.
Visit Tirta Empul Temple
This temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go for ritual purification. You will find Tirta Empul temple 30 minutes outside of Ubud. See more on temples in Bali here.
Day Trips from Ubud
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces and Pura Ulun Dana Beratan Temple
A great day trip from Ubud is the Northern High lands of Bali. In a day you can visit the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces and Pura Ulun Dana Beratan Temple from. Make sure you leave early as it is a long trip.
Places to Eat in Ubud
There are so many amazing restaurants in Ubud. These are just a couple of my favourites!
Clear Cafe – My #1 place to eat in Ubud is Clear Cafe, everything on the menu is amazing! Clear Cafe also has a spa at the back of the restaurant, why not treat yourself after lunch.
Biah Biah Plus – Delicious and super cheap Indonesian/ Balinese food.
Others healthy favourites – Kafe and Seeds of Life
Recommended Length of Stay in Ubud
I recommend staying in Ubud for 3 nights. Within 3 days you can experience the best of what Ubud has to offer, however you could easily stay longer if you had the time.
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