Visiting Ubud when you are in Bali is almost inevitable. Ubud is an ideal base for discovering rice fields, Balinese culture and traditions. The area has become popular because of its surrounding rice fields like Tegalalang, many waterfalls, yoga retreats or to hike up Mount Batur. Find out about all the things to do in Ubud in this 3-day guide.
DAY 1 – EXPLORING UBUD
You can wander around Ubud by scooter or private driver.
1. CAMPUHAN RIDGE WALK
For the sunrise, head to this beautiful 2-kilometer long Campuhan Ridge Walk. People come here to do some jogging or to have a peaceful walk. At sunrise time, it is super peaceful and the light is beautiful there !
2. TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE
This is probably the most popular spot in Ubud for rice terraces.
If you want to take beautiful pictures with zero tourists on it, you better get up early (and go before 10am) ! But we assure you that it is worth it ! It was the first time we saw rice fields and we were amazed by all those layers!
However, we were quite disappointed by how touristy this place has become, even if you will always find a hidden spot with nobody.
3. MONKEY FOREST UBUD
Mandala Suci Wenara Wana, or well known as Ubud Monkey Forest, is the sanctuary and natural habitat of the Balinese long-tailed Monkey. About 749 monkeys live in this sanctuary.
It is so great to see monkeys in this beautiful rainforest park. However, be careful, the monkeys can sometimes show agressive behavior. Be sure to follow the park rules when going there.
LUNCH TIP: HAVE A GREAT LUNCH AT LAZY CATS CAFE.
4. UBUD PALACE
The Ubud Palace, officially Puri Saren Agung, is a historical building complex situated in Ubud.
The palace was the official residence of the royal family of Ubud. And you can now have the opportunity to visit it !
5. UBUD MARKET
Ubud Art Market, or ‘Pasar Seni Ubud’, is a central landmark that’s just across the road from Ubud Royal Palace. The market is open daily and features numerous shops presenting everything from beautiful silk scarves and handmade woven bags to statues, kites and a huge variety of handicrafts. Most of the goods found here are products made in the neighbouring villages.
The market’s central location makes it a convenient place to bargain hunt in Ubud, especially if you’re looking for unique Balinese souvenirs to take home. Just beware of inflated prices – start bargaining down to a third of the initial offer.
4. SECRET RICE FIELDS
Thanks to Salt In Our Hair, we found this beautiful rice fields 5 minutes walk from the city center.
To go there, it is not that simple, but not as hard ! It is a tiny way just on the right of the museum Puri Lukisan.
5. DINNER INTO THE RICE FIELDS
Finally, while you are on the Ubud rice fields walk, stop halfway at either Sari Organik and have during sunset surrounded by rice fields.
DAY 2 – WATERFALLS AROUND UBUD
Doing Bali without doing its waterfalls would be a big mistake ! Ride a scooter or contact a private diver and plan a waterfalls day tour.
6. BANYUMALA TWIN WATERFALL
Go to Munduk and find the Banyumala Twin Waterfall. You will have to walk down about 15min to reach the waterfall.
7. MUNDUK WATERFALL
The Munduk Waterfall is just a 15-minute drive from the Banyumala Twin Waterfall.
8. SEE THE BEAUTIFUL GOLF GATE
The golf course gate is a very famous entrance to a golf course. It is famous thanks to Instagram so you may encounter many people trying to get the right picture. The golf course is located here.
LUNCH TIP: HAVE A GREAT LUNCH AT KAFE.
9. COOKING CLASS
Spend an awesome afternoon to cook balinese-traditional meals.
We highly recommend this company, where people are lovely and the chef really funny !
If you take the morning class, you will also go to the market to buy the food.
DAY 3 – MOUNT BATUR AND TREAT YOURSELF
10. MOUNT BATUR TREK
Mount Batur, still active volcano is located in the city of Kintamani. Armed with our faithful shoes and a flashlight, we climbed the Batur by night, to watch the sunrise.
The climb is done at your own pace and you reach the summit in 1h30 to 3h.
At the top, find a place to sit, and wait (please, do not forget to take warm jackets and something to cover your legs because at the top, it is REALLY COLD).
Then, we went to the volcanic terms. There is many stone basins with warm water. It is just what you need to rest and relax, after all the efforts of the morning. The hot pools overlook the mountain lake next to Mount Batur. It is pretty cool!
Tips : ask us for the contacts of our super guide Nyoman ! He is really nice and he is a real pro
LUNCH TIP : HAVE AN AWESOME PIZZA AT UMAH PIZZA.
Treat yourself with a good hot stones massage in the center of Ubud.
DINNER TIP : HAVE A ROMANTIC DINNER AT CASA LUNA.
BEST TIME TO VISIT UBUD
Weather-wise, the best time to visit Ubud is during June-July-August-September. The weather in July & August (peak season) is sunny and very wam during the day, and generally clear and cool in the evenings.
HOW TO GO THERE AND GET AROUND
Traffic in Bali can be quite busy and you can loose some time. You can wander around Ubud by scooter, Grab, or private driver.
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