TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN UBUD - TRAVEL GUIDE
Before we even made it to Bali, we knew Ubud was going to be a beautiful destination, and we were so excited to explore! In total, we spent roughly five days there and located the best things you should visit.
Here’s our list!
TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE
One of the most popular attractions in Ubud, and we now know why! This beautiful green lush paradise makes for a lovely stroll. During our time here we witnessed the locals working hard planting and carrying stone bricks on their heads from place to place.
Here you can explore as far as your legs will take you, but beware of the muddy spots as they almost ate Jessie’s jandals.
CAMPUHAN RIDGE WALK FOR SUNRISE
We can’t recommend this enough! It is a beautiful walk on a clear paved pathway through nature. Located in the middle of Ubud, this walk only takes around 1.5 hours ( If you want to do the whole loop that is ) and can become quite busy during the day.
We got up and did this for sunrise which meant we almost had the whole area to ourselves and the walk did not become too hot.
SACRED MONKEY FOREST SANCTUARY
We literally spent hours here! If you’re a monkey lover then this is the place for you. The Monkeys here were the friendliest we have encountered during our travels through Asia, so if you are a little nervous about these cheeky creatures then it is a great place to conquer any fears you have! We literally had them climbing all over us.
Tip: Around the sanctuary, you will see bits of kumara in piles. Grab yourself a handful of small bits and find a quieter spot with some little monkeys. Not only will this save you money ( There are guides who walk around selling bananas ) but it gives you the chance to lure out monkeys and have them climb onto your shoulders!
LEWAK COFFEE PLANTATION
Considering I spent most of my time working as a barista and we are extreme coffee/tea fans, for us, this was a highlight! There are a few you can choose from but we went to a smaller, quieter one on our way down from the Wanagiri hill.
They gave us a tray full of different coffees and teas to try, spent time with us explaining each drink and even took us for a walk while explaining the whole Lewak coffee process!
This whole experience is free, which is great for backpackers on a budget! The only costs involved are if you want to try the Lewak coffee ( Roughly 50,000idr ) or if you want to buy any of the coffee/tea packs.
We couldn’t help but buy ourselves Lewak coffee beans, Mangosteen and Ginger tea.
TAKE A COOKING CLASS
This is an absolute must do when in Ubud! If you have fallen in love with the delicious food in Bali like we did, then there is no better place for a cultural cooking experience than here. There are many great and affordable places to choose from and the menus offer a wide range of flavors as well as vegetarian options.
We did the Canting Bali cooking class and had a blast! The locals running it were kind, knowledgeable and made the effort constantly to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. Also the food was to die for, check out the full buffet in the photo, this was to share between only four of us!
We definitely recommend making sure the option you choose includes a trip to the local market and rice terraces if you want the whole experience. This is also a great way to meet new people!
LOVE BALI SIGN
Although it’s not something to do, it is a picture-perfect spot for your Instagram or memory bank! Great thing is, this is found within the Tegalalang Rice Terraces to the right-hand side and is only a donation to use.
Sadly our photos do not do these justice! During our days spent chasing down waterfalls, we were hit with some extremely heavy rain so the falls were very dirty and powerful.
Even though they weren’t clear, clean blue water, they were still a stunning sight to see! Definitely worth visiting to cool off on a hot day.
PURA TIRTA EMPUL
This was such an amazing experience for us. We had not planned to actually participate in the ritual, but after meeting one of the locals and hearing him explain the tradition and reasoning behind it, we couldn’t help but join in! This was only a small cost to hire the clothing necessary and great if you are into experiencing part of their culture.
Be sure to ask one of the local guides to take you through the process and you'll learn all about it. They will only ask for a small donation in return.
We had no idea about this Instagram worthy spot until our driver for the day surprised us with a visit here! Although it is very touristy and all for the photos, it is a lovely view at the top and the locals that run it are experts at getting you some beautiful photos.
BALI HANDARA ENTRANCE GATE (HANDARA GOLF & RESORT)
Now, hows that for a great photo opportunity! Ever since touching down in Bali we have seen and fallen in love with the many entrance gates around but this was our favorite!
It is actually the entrance to a golf course so if that’s your thing then it makes for a great day out!
Besides, have you ever really gone to Bali if you don't have this shot?
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN UBUD
If your looking for a nice place to chill at night with live music, pool tables, reasonably priced food and drinks considering the atmosphere and a nightclub for partying later on, then the CP Lounge is for you. The live music was just fantastic and it was jam-packed with other tourists!
If you're looking for some delish and super cheap treat food then do not miss this! It even had vegetarian options. I’m sure they also had some great healthy salads but we couldn’t read past pizza and pasta.
Tip: They do delivery!! This is at no extra cost and you can stay at home doing your blogs, Instagram or just watching a movie while it all comes to you. Ask one of the staff members at your accommodation to order this for you if you need a hand, that's what we did!
WHERE TO STAY IN UBUD
LUXURY - If your looking for a luxurious stay in then Payangan is the area for you, its just out of Ubud so still a great place to stay while ticking of the Ubud area, there are so many world class accommodations you can look at here. And if your Looking for that Perfect instagram photo this is the place!
BUDGET - Lila Cita Inn was the first place we stayed at in Ubud. Keep an eye out for deals because Agoda had a great special of 80% off their deluxe room, so guess who lived like Kings and Queens for a few nights!
Suarsena House Bungalows was our favourite! Not only did it have a pool and cheap scooter hire, it also had fantastic staff that went out of their way to help us book our cooking class and funny enough, call up Umahs pizza for home delivery!
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Obviously, there are many other great accommodation options that you can check out here.