Top 7 Things to do in Ubud, Bali | Always A Foreigner
Caren and Cazzie
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Ubud is considered the cultural capital of Bali, and probably one of the most talked about destinations as of late. There are tons of things to do in Ubud, but how do you narrow them all down? We spent two days in Ubud, and this list is everything that I enjoyed doing. If you budget your time correctly, you can see tons of Ubud with ease. It might just take a couple early mornings!
Stay in a Private Villa
Probably our favorite thing about our time in Ubud was the fantastic accommodation we stayed in. We had our own private villa, with a cozy pool in the backyard all to ourselves. The pool was so nice to jump in after a hot day exploring! It was close to the action of the downtown, but still far enough away to be peaceful. If you’re looking for a place to stay, look no further than Villa Nyoman Bisma, and check out the full post here.
Because of it’s close proximity to Ubud, this waterfall is a favorite for travelers. The thundering falls are sure to impress any nature lovers, but be sure to get there early to beat the crowds. We went during rainy season, so swimming was not permitted but any other time of year you can cool off in the pool below.
The iconic rice terraces of Ubud are a favorite amongst any type of traveler. We visited rice terraces while on our trip to the northern lake region, but the Tegalalang Rice Terrace is close to Ubud and is a dream come true. Bali’s culture largely focuses on rice and nature, so this is a must see.
Eat your Way through the Restaurants
While we were a little disappointed at the lack of Indonesian specialty dishes, we still loved the food scene in Ubud. Most of our time looking for things to do in Ubud ended at some form of delicious food place. The dishes mostly revolved around healthy eating full of vibrant fruits and avocados. Check out our full list of restaurants here!
Visit Monkey Forest
If you’re looking for things to do in Ubud, look no further than the Sacred Monkey Forest. This was seriously so entertaining! While I’m a little nervous around monkeys, I still had a fantastic time watching them interact with each other. I actually sat down at one point and one just crawled right up on my lap! Do be careful though, monkeys can scratch or bite if they think you have food. The jungle Hindu temples in the complex are stunning as well.
Visit Goa Ganej
This 9th century Hindu and Buddhist temple complex is located a little bit out of the ways but is a great day trip if you’re looking for things to do in Ubud that have cultural significance! The carvings around the cave entrance are gorgeous, and would be reason enough to pay the 10,000 rupiah entrance fee. There are quite a bit of steps involved with exploring the grounds, so it might be a good idea to come early or late to avoid the heat.
I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to walk on the Campuhan Ridge Walk, but all photos I have seen from it are absolutely stunning! I’m really upset that I didn’t make myself do this while I was in Ubud, so I highly recommend anyone going to at least go see it once. It’s worth an early morning trip to take in the sunrise on this gorgeous and well maintained trail. I mean, what can be better than free and pretty?!
It goes without being said that you should explore as much as the Bali streets as possible. Even just walking around, and taking in the sights and smells is an activity enough. The streets are gorgeous in Ubud, full of hidden temple entrances and religious relics and statues. Even if you just spent time in downtown, Ubud is a beautiful place. But to see and explore the other things to do in Ubud…that’s where the magic is!