7 Things To Do, To Eat and Where to Stay in Ubud

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Individualbali.com – Famously known as Bali’s ultimate cultural hub, Ubud is an amazing mesh of old and new with something to offer to everyone. Visiting alone or with family, Ubud is a one-stop tourist attraction that promises a wide range of activities for everyone within a small distance!

Having said that, the place is totally worth seeing, and you may find you love it. Maybe all those ‘circles’, ‘retreats’, and ‘ecstatic dances’ are indeed your jam. If they aren’t, fear not – there are plenty of places to see and things to do in and around Ubud, and a good variety of day trips and activities, including some of the most beautiful natural places in Bali! Everyone spends their time in Ubud differently. While one prefers to stay out of the city in a retreat other go restaurant hopping or explore its nature.

The centre is congested with traffic, tour groups, and souvenir shops. Thus, I highly recommend you to move your way from to several kilos ahead! There are a lot of places that you need to explore in order to find the real Ubud. Don’t stuck in the heart of Ubud only. You will end up with something that may make you feel disappointed.

Finding Things to Do in Ubud

Visit Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Bali is famous for its amazing rice paddies and rice terraces. And on an island with so many, Tegallalang does well to be, arguably, Bali’s most beautiful. You’ll have certainly seen these world-famous rice terraces many times before as they’re probably Bali’s most photographed location. The scenic stretch of rice terraces has become one of the most iconic sights from Bali. Clear blue sky, tall palm trees, and lush tropical greeneries surrounding different levels of rice fields are surely a breathtaking sight to behold, but Ubud’s rice terraces are more than just a postcard-worthy view. It is a manifestation of an ancient Balinese Hindu philosophy organized by a local social unit called ‘subak’. Tourists can also explore the villages nearby to hear fascinating local stories and observe the customs and lifestyles of people who built and now maintain the glorious rice terraces.

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Foto Tegalalang (Photo: indonesia.travel)

Explore Ubud Monkey Forest

Mainly popular as a calming, lush forest with hundreds of monkeys roaming about, Ubud Monkey Forest is more than just a natural attraction. The 12.5-hectare (30.8-acre) land does offer a serene atmosphere, from the towering trees to traditional stone-carved statues. But the compound was actually built as a manifestation of an ancient traditional philosophy called Tri Hita Karana, the ‘three causes of well-being’, that include the harmony with God, with other people, and with nature; so it also houses temples and social halls to observe.

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Foto Monkey Forest Ubud (Photo: monkeyforestubud.com)


We know they say ‘don’t go chasing waterfalls’, but, if that’s your kind of thing then Ubud is the perfect place to do so. Besides the wildlife and rice paddies, there are a number of great waterfalls around Ubud. It really is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Try to visit these beautiful Waterfall;

  1. Kanto Lampo Waterfall
  2. Tibumana Waterfall
  3. Sumampan Waterfall
  4. Bandung Waterfall
  5. Suwat Waterfall
  6. Cultural and Spiritual Landmarks

Ubud has many palaces and temples attest to the neighborhood’s significance and dynamics as a destination. Ubud Royal Palace or Puri Saren Agung is easily one of the neighborhood’s most highlighted landmarks. With ornate carvings and a grand structure, it reverberates a truly regal feel but with a calming ambiance amid lush, manicured gardens. Among the must-visit temples in Ubud are the stone-carved Goa Gajah, Tirta Empul water temple, Pura Gunung Kawi and Pura Taman Saraswati with the gorgeous lotus ponds.

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Kantolampo Waterfall (Photo: wisataku.id)

Watch traditional performances

Known as Bali’s art and culture capital, Ubud is the ultimate place to enjoy various traditional performances, from the notorious Kecak fire dance to local youths practicing their gamelan in the town hall. You can catch one of these performances anywhere from the Royal Palace to restaurants and public places.

Kecak Dance

Kecak Dance (Photo: Pixabay.com)

Learn traditional performances and crafts

It sure is fun to observe and shop traditional Balinese arts and crafts, but it’s much more eye-opening to learn how to do or make those yourself. Ubud has various workshops with passionate locals who will show you how to perform a Balinese dance, make offering, play the gamelan instruments, wood carving and all those things that have been fascinating you ever since you got to the neighborhood. Most also have one-day programs and special classes for kids.

Balinese dance

Balinese dance (Photo: Pixabay.com)

Shop the art market

After Ubud’s talented artists and craftsmen finish their carved statues, paintings, clothing, or other hand-made goods, naturally, they bring it to the place where passionate and enthusiast tourists hunt for some souvenirs to remember the trip by. And you won’t be disappointed. The Ubud Art Traditional Market and Sukawati Art Market are among the best marketplaces in Bali to get authentic souvenirs at affordable prices.

Ubud Art Market

Ubud Art Market (Photo: Hotels.com)

Where To Eat In Ubud

Ubud is another part of Bali that can be considered a foodie’s heaven. We’ve heard it described as the most vegetarian town in the world. We’re not vegetarian, so we can’t verify this claim. But there is certainly a lot of vegetarian/vegan cafes here and a general bias towards the healthy eaters out there.

On the other hand, we can promise that there are eateries to suit every taste bud. Besides the vegetarian cafes, there are some great local warungs, cheap western eats, hipster cafes, brunch spots and pizza joints.

  1. Warung Pondok Madu
  2. Sweet Orange Warung
  3. Milk and Madu

Don’t forget to try Roasted pig, Balinese Food and Ayam/Bebek Betutu which available in Local Warungs.

Where to stay in Ubud

When it comes to choosing where to stay, I recommend you to spend several nights in our properties which available in and out of Ubud area. Visit our website at www.individualbali.com. But, if you love something unique, artistic, romantic as well as want to feel the authentic of Balinese vibes, Jendela Di Bali is our best recommendation. This private 2BR villa is perfect for for family, honeymooner even young traveler who love nature. Furthermore, this villa located just in strategic place that make your way easier to reach those all destination above. Tegalalang is only 20 minutes away. Monkey Forest is about 30 minutes. Gunung Kawi Temple, Tampak Siring and Elephant Cave is less than 30 minutes. You also could enjoy Bandung and Suwat Waterfall which located one route to Jendela Di Bali. Plus, You will enjoy those track and view to this villa. Richfield both in right and left side. Feel the authentic Balinese atmosphere. Exploring around by cycling or walking is a must! The staff is more than friendly which can make you feel like they are your family.

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