8 Must Dos in Ubud
Canggu has to be our favourite place in Bali but Ubud is a close second. Ubud is located in the uplands of Bali, often known as Bali’s capital of culture. The town is filled with temples, local handicrafts, ancient forests and of course, rice paddies. Ubud is the best place to enjoy a few calm days to recharge after those days of learning to surf in South Bali.
If you only have a few days in Ubud, these are the definite must dos.
Walking through the busy centre of Ubud can be stressful and driving a motorcycle on the manic roads can make ya a little queasy. Campuhan Ridge offers a paved, easy trek through Ubud’s lushness; expect more jungle-like scenery compared to rice fields. If you arrive around sunrise, it’s quiet with only the odd jogger passing by and if YOU are a jogger, then what are you waiting for?
This was definitely an Ubud highlight for us. Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex with more than 600 monkeys, located literally in the centre of Ubud. When you’re not protecting your belongings or ducking to avoid a demonic, jumping monkey, it’s actually very pleasant to watch the families of monkeys especially the babies. You are able to buy bananas to feed them but don’t try to feed them anything else – peanuts are a big no-no! Be careful as there’s always the risk of being scratched or bitten.
It is very touristy so get there at opening time or a couple of hours before closing time.
IDR 50,000 for adults (£2.50).
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
You would’ve seen them a hundred times on Instagram but for good reason as they are stunning. We visited the rice paddies at sunrise like all the instagrammers do and it was a GOOD morning. The sun rays that come through the palm trees, the layers of greenery and the sheer beauty of it all is just magical.
They are an Ubud must see so get there early to avoid the crowds.
Free but could be asked for a IDR 10,000 contribution (50p).
Tegenungan waterfall is an impressive waterfall located 30 minutes from central Ubud. It’s surrounded by lush greenery making it one of Bali’s most scenic waterfalls. The water is clean and clear so feel free to have a little swim.
The waterfall is a popular one so we recommend arriving as early as possible. The opening time is officially 8am but we arrived earlier and there was absolutely no fuss about early entrance.
IDR 10,000 (50p).
Tirta Empul is a popular temple to visit in Ubud with the main highlight being the collection of freshwater pools lined with fountains. Locals and tourists will enter the water and go under each fountain. Traditionally, individuals will ritually pray while moving to each fountain in order to be spiritually purified.
Get A Massage
Ubud is the perfect place to grab a Balinese massage. There are countless spas around so you’re really spoilt for choice. We visited Sang Spa and received a 60-minute traditional Balinese massage for IDR 185,000 (£9.50). We’re currently in the UK writing this and cannot believe that we actually received a massage for under a tenner. Seriously!? Sang Spa is a top-rated spa in Ubud so you could find a cheaper massage if you wanted to.
We would genuinely struggle with choosing a place to enjoy a meal or coffee because there’s SO much choice. I know I know, first world problems and all that.
Our top 3:
Clear Cafe Huge, pretty & great wifi. Menu filled with healthy dishes.
Kue Bakery Filled with chocolately goodness. We loved it so much, we ordered a birthday cake for Luke from them.
Seniman Coffee Studio For good GOOD coffee.
Treat Yourself To Some Luxury
After a day of exploring Ubud, nothing feels better than staying in a luxurious resort. There are so many hotels surrounded by greenery with the almost obligatory infinity pool. We were fortunate enough to stay in both Alaya Jembawan and Alaya Ubud. Both of these resorts offer a relaxing stay away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud.