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TOP THINGS TO DO IN UBUD – 3 DAY GUIDE

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21 March 2019

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

Getting around Ubud can be done by motorbike (experience drivers only) or private driver. 

Driver tip : contact our dear friend Ketut on Facebook, he will be more than happy to show you around (he speaks French!).

 

1. CAMPUHAN RIDGE WALK

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/tFT4qJnBxCv

Admission price: Free

Affluence: Low

 

For the sunrise, head to Campuhan, this is the bridge where the two rivers meet in central Ubud. The 2-kilometer long Campuhan Ridge Walk is very popular with both locals and visitors. Some for a walk with their dog, for a good run or pretty pictures. It is free for everyone.

 

 

2. TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/2KEG1V3d3hD2

Admission price: Free

Affluence: Strong (go early to avoid tourists)

 

This is probably the best known spot in Ubud for rice terraces.

Rise and shine very early to visit the magical valley of rice terraces: Tegalalang. The countless layers of rice fields are the absolute best way to start your day in Ubud. Due to its popularity it is best to visit the terraces before 10 AM to avoid the crowds.

To be honest with you, it did not impress us that much as the amount of people who go there spoiled it. People can now walk everywhere between the rice fields.

But the good news is that if you go a little around Tegalalang, you will always find lost corners with real beautiful rice fields.

 

3. MONKEY FOREST UBUD

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/4Fzrhscg1dC2

Entrance fee: 50,000 Rupiah (~ 3 €)

Affluence: Strong (go on the morning to avoid people)

 

Ubud Monkey Forest, is undoubtedly Ubud’s most popular attraction. This is, as its name suggests, a natural reserve with a total of 600 monkeys living freely in the forest.

Note that some rules are to be respected when visiting the park and here are the main ones:

  • Do not look at the monkeys in the eyes as they take it as a sign of provocation.
  • Pay attention to your belongings and well close your backpack. The monkeys are very curious and if they see a shiny object that hangs, they will not hesitate to steal it.
  • This is logical, but of course you must avoid touching the monkeys and especially the young ones, because the mother is never far away and she can come out of nowhere to protect her offspring.
  • Finally, do not give anything to eat the monkeys.

And even if you don’t like to see the monkeys, the park itself is a big rainforest and a beautiful walk that lets you escape the buzzing town life.

 

Lunch tip: Have a great lunch at Lazy Cats Cafe.

 

4. UBUD PALACE

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/sfDEtCQmAgS2

Admission price: Free

Affluence: Medium

 

The Ubud Palace is located in the heart of the city and is still the residence of the Ubud Royal Family. Nowadays, the king of Ubud has mainly a symbolic role but he still intervenes in the cultural and religious affairs of the city. The palace includes the private temple of the royal family and also the Puri Saren temple which is public and where Balinese dance shows are often performed.

 

5. UBUD MARKET

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/X8FWVkogBU12

Admission price: Free

Affluence: Strong

 

The Ubud Market is also a must in the city and is the perfect place to buy a Bali souvenir. The prices are affordable and do not hesitate to negotiate, it is quite in the Balinese culture to discuss prices.

Every day in the center of town is the Ubud Market. It is split into two timetables. The traditional market where vegetables and meat is sold starts from 3 AM until 8 AM. At 9 AM, the market changes to the Art Market. Where they sell everything from handbags, kitchenware, decorations, paintings, souvenirs, you name it.

 

 

4. SECRET RICE FIELDS

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/2XaCdqsL32J2

Admission price: Free

Affluence: Low

 

To see some beautiful rice fields in Ubud, you have to get out of the city most of the time and drive a few minutes but in real life, no need. Indeed, there are beautiful rice fields 5 minutes walk from the city center.

To go there, follow the Google Map link mentioned above, but basically it is a tiny lane just on the right of the museum Puri Lukisan. If the road seems rotten to you, it’s a good sign !

It is a 45-min walk over a pad along the beautiful fields and farms. It is unknown because the path is a bit hidden away although it is right in the center of town.

 

 

5. DINNER INTO THE RICE FIELDS

Finally, while you are on the Ubud rice fields walk, stop halfway at either Sari Organik or Sweet Orange Restaurant and have a delicious dinner during sunset surrounded by rice fields. Probably the best dinner location in Ubud!

 

 

DAY 2 – WATERFALLS AROUND UBUD

Ubud owns some of most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. The following two waterfalls are 1h outside of Ubud, easy to visit and lesser known than the other waterfalls in the area.

Driver tip: Contact our Balinese friend Ketut on Messenger.

 

6. BANYUMALA TWIN WATERFALL

Hop back onto the motorbike and drive about 50 minutes to the Banyumala Twin Waterfall. You’re now in the area called Munduk, and there’s a lot to do around Munduk. The hike down to the waterfall takes about 15 minutes but is doable. On the foot of the waterfall, take a little swim to cool down and enjoy its beauty.

 

7. MUNDUK WATERFALL

The Munduk Waterfall is just a 15-minute drive from the Banyumala Twin Waterfall.

 

8. VISIT THE INSTA-FAMOUS GOLF GATE

The golf course gate is a cool looking entrance to the golf course. Loads of people stop when passing by because of the impressive mountain backdrop which makes it look extra cool. 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.

 

 

11. MASSAGE

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

Ubud can be visited best from June to September. Hot days and cooler nights which is very comfortable. Ubud is good almost year round except for Bali rain season (December – February).

 

HOW TO GO THERE AND GET AROUND

Ubud is a 1-hour drive from Denpasar airport. Roads are busy so it usually takes a little longer. Getting around on a motorbike is only advised for experienced drivers. Ubud center has become so busy that a big part of the roads has become one way.

 

Driver recommandation: Contact our Balinese friend Ketut on Messenger. He speaks French and he is lovely !

 

WHERE TO STAY IN UBUD

The surrounding rivers, rice field views, jungle vibes make it great to spend a longer amount of time. Therefore some of the most beautiful hotels in Bali are located in Ubud.

 

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