Ubud is a stunningly memorable town tucked away in the south eastern part of Bali. Known as the art and culture capital, there are tons of beautiful and inspiring things to do there in Ubud.
Exploring the scenic rice terraces, honoring the glittering temples, seeking out hidden waterfalls and exploring the vegan/vegetarian food scene will all fill your schedule with experiences that you will never forget.
Where to Stay in Ubud
For our first time in Ubud, we stayed at the Champlung Sari Hotel on Monkey Forest Road, which is, you guessed it, right by the Sacred Monkey Forest.
The location is amazing and they have two beautiful pools to cool off in when you need a break from the bustle of Monkey Forest Road.
You might also want to read: What to Pack for Ubud, Bali: A Helpful Packing Guide
Now, what is there to do in Ubud?
Get Away from the Hustle and Bustle
Bali is so incredibly beautiful, calming, and spiritual. For this reason, people flock to vacation here! Although great for the local economy, it can be a bit unpleasant if you are trying to experience the real Bali.
Monkey forest road is a very busy area, swarming with tourists. But you can still have a wonderful time!
Our hotel felt like a calming retreat, a bit set back from the main street. It had two beautiful pools, amazing and friendly staff, and was a very short walk to plenty of restaurants and activities. Check it out here: Champlung Sari Hotel
Although we adored this stay and would certainly return, I must say it is a very different experience staying somewhere like here: Hadi Padi Cottages
Being near rice patties like this one will certainly make for a more secluded and quiet experience. Recommend if you’re looking to get away to tune in and relax. Plus, the pool has an awesome view!
Book a Day Tour with a Local Guide
This is one of the best ways to see Bali. Get a tour from a local. Not just any local, but my welcoming friend Gede. (he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org) If you just send him an email inquiring about a day tour, he will respond promptly. Keep in mind there are TONS of options for getting a day tour from a local. However, Gede comes highly recommended. He was so welcoming, and upon meeting, I felt as if we were already friends! He emits such a genuine, calming energy and is packed with Balinese wisdom and philosophy. He took us all over Bali in a day. We excitedly started out by going to visit a famous traditional Balinese Healer, Tdjorke Gde Rai. That experience alone is worth traveling to Ubud for! More on that here. Afterwards we went for a spiritual cleansing at Tirta Empul, holy water temple. (see #7).
Its helpful to have a local guide for a day who knows the best ways to get from one destination to the next. Helps you maximize on your time while in Ubud!
Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest
Yes, they bite. If you provoke them! However, if you peacefully walk through, in observer mode, and don’t have food in your hands or visible in your bag, they will leave you alone! It’s a really cool experience, you get to walk through the jungle and see wonderful views of greenery, nature, and water. It’s simply beautiful!
Enjoy all the fresh tropical fruit!
I loved the (*anti-inflammatory*) turmeric orange lemon juice. Not only tastes amazing but is super good for you!
The fruit is delicious in Ubud… you’ll find options for smoothies and juice almost everywhere you go.
Walk The Campuhan Ridge
Known as the most beautiful walk in Ubud and one of the only places to escape from traffic. There are a few hills, but it’s an easy walk with lovely views of rice fields and down into a valley. There’s not much shade, so it’s best early morning or towards sunset.
Visit the Temples- Tirta Empul, specifically!
The locals come here to bathe and spiritually cleanse in the holy water. It is remarkably beautiful and you shouldn’t leave Bali without witnessing or experiencing it. More on that experience here.
Check out the Rice Terraces!
They’re a beautiful part of the balinese landscape.
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