20+ Terrific Things To Do in Ubud: Relaxation, Adventure, Culture or Simply for the Gram’ [2023]

Ubud, Bali is a magical place filled with enchanting beauty, vibrant culture, and unparalleled adventure.

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a considerable amount of time exploring Ubud, Having lived in Indonesia for 2 years, it makes sense to share my Ubud things to do list!

NO TIME TO READ THE FULL POST? These are my TOP 3 TOURS which COMBINE all my favourite Things to do in Ubud

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Best of Ubud all incl Day Tour

Monkey Forest – Tegalalang Rice Terraces – Tita Empul Water Temple – Tegenungan Waterfall

5 Star Rated | 4 501+ Reviews | Viator Experience Award winner 2023

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“My guide was Arta and I had a fantastic experience. Not only did I learn about the Ubud highlights and culture but I also appreciated the more “current” cultural comments in particular. I feel like I learned some good life perspectives and gained some wisdom. On a lighter note, I really enjoyed all the photos he took! This guy could handle my phone camera better than I could lol. He was also funny and in good spirits. Ubud was amazing and beautiful. Thank you so much! Experience of a lifetime.”

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Mount Batur Sunrise Hike w/ Hot Spring or Jungle Swing

Mount Batur Summit – panoramic views of Mt Agung & Rinjani – steamed breakfast eggs from volcano fissures – soak in natural hot spring or enjoy the jungle swing

5 Star Rated | 427+ Reviews

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“An early wake-up but definitely worth it. About a 60-90min drive from Ubud, and then about 2hrs of hiking with plenty of short breaks. If you’re a frequent walker/hiker, the climb is not too bad. A nice simple breakfast at the top and then spectacular views when the sun comes up. Plenty of viewpoints across the lake, the crater, and some volcanic steam vents. We had a crystal clear day so got very lucky there. Overall very well organised and would definitely recommend.”

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Private Customizable Ubud Tour

For everything else you want to see & do in Ubud

5 Star Rated | 11+ Reviews

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“We were recommended this tour by a friend and booked with Ariasta for the day tour of Ubud and had the BEST time. We could not be happier with our experience. He was extremely accommodating and made sure everyone was feeling comfortable and having a good time. He drove us around to all of the main spots throughout the day including Monkey Forest, Temples, Waterfall hike and swim, and Rice fields and ended the day at Cretya Day Club for a swim and relaxation. We could not have done what we did without him and he was extremely kind and generous to spend the day with. We were not rushed at all and he always told us to take our time when visiting places. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to see Ubud or requires a driver in Bali. 10/10 experience!”

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a spiritual wanderer, or simply searching for relaxation, there’s something for everyone in this extraordinary destination. So let’s jump straight into the Best things to do in Ubud Bali List!

1. Indulge in a Luxurious Jungle Villa Escape

One of the best ways to experience Ubud is by residing in a luxurious jungle villa. The experience of waking up to breathtaking sights and sounds of the lush surroundings is incomparable to anywhere else in the world! Here you can truly immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Bali.

My Top Picks for Jungle Forest Accommodation in Ubud BALI:

TRAVELIST TIP: I highly recommend not staying directly in Ubud city centre, it’s loud, and a bit chaotic so staying a little bit out of town is the best for a relaxing vacay with most hotels having shuttles to take you to town anyway

Goya Boutique Resort

Natya Resort Ubud

Four Seasons at Sayan

TRAVELIST TIP: Most of these resorts and villa escapes will offer far more than simply a beautiful view. You’ll be able to also have access to instaworthy and supreme Bali luxuries like floating breakfasts and spa treatments including mesmerizing flowers baths >> More about these amazing activities in Point #6 and #7

>> READ MORE: 20+ Places to Find the Best Bali Floating Breakfasts

>> READ MORE: 10+ Stunning Flower Baths Bali experiences to Indulge & Relax

2. Bask in the Serenity of the Campuhan Ridge Walk

Second, on my Ubud things to do list is the highly underrated: The Campuhan Ridge Walk, a stunning route filled with lush greenery and panoramic views.

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Start your walk from the Gunung Lebah Temple and it should take you around 2 kilometres or so, the first 1 kilometre is simply nature and the 2nd kilometre is strolling amongst some lovely cafes along with sweeping views of the lush rice paddies, it’s not very hilly either, but be wary of the time you visit as it’s not very shady.

TRAVELIST TIP: When to visit ~ For the best experience, start your walk early in the morning or just before sunset to avoid the scorching midday sun.

WANT TO EXPLORE MORE UBUD ACTIVITIES? COMBINE IT WITH A TOUR:

UBUD COUNTRYSIDE TOUR: Campuhan Ridge Walk, Rice Terrace, and Coffee Plantation (5 STAR RATED – “An amazing day visiting the rice terraces, coffebee plantation, waterfall and Campuhan ridge walk. Darma was such a great driver, so friendly and taught us so much about the Balinese culture throughout the day. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking to explore the Ubud countryside!” >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

UBUD TOUR: Jungle Swing, Campuhan Ridge Walk and Tegenungan Waterfall (5 STAR RATED – “Baruna was excellent from the get go, from pick up to drop off he provided us with exceptional service, he explained everything to us made the experience enjoyable and amazing. He was patient with us and overall great” >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

3. Tegalalang Rice Terraces: A Visual Feast of Green

One of Bali’s most famous landscapes (and one of my fav places to visit in Ubud Bali), the Tegalalang Rice Terraces offer an incredible opportunity for photography, relaxation, and cultural immersion.

TRAVELIST TIP: Respect ~ These Ubud attractions might be a simple slice of your trip, but remember to be respectful of the local farmers and their hard work, don’t stray from the paths or pull out, or damage the rice plants. Also always consider supporting the community by shopping or eating in the nearby area.

Tegalalang Rice Terraces Ubud Bali Things to do in Ubud Bali

Entrance fees are around IDR 10 000, and there is no time limit on how long to spend there. I could literally wander around for hours. Again this is a place which lacks shade, so bring, sunscreen, water and a hat if you’re there during peak midday hours.

TRAVELIST TIP: Instaworthy photos ~ The ultimate spot for stunning sunrise photos, Venture to the back of Tegalalang’s fields where a local farmer awaits. For a fee of IDR 50 000, he’ll open his gate, giving you exclusive access to walk through the lush rice terraces and snap that unforgettable shot. Don’t miss out on this insider tip!

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4. Find Your Zen with Yoga

Ubud is quite literally the yoga capital of Bali! Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner, you’ll love the many studios and retreats in Ubud where you can find your Zen and get your sweat on – definitely one of the activities Ubud visitors cannot miss.

The Ubud Yoga House, Yoga Barn and Radiantly Alive are some of the best places to visit in Bali Ubud. With daily classes for all levels and beautiful, serene settings.

Why not book a wellness retreat or yoga class in Ubud?

Ubud Wellness Retreat with Massage, Yoga Class, and Lunch

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4.8/5 Rating | “Great guide, relaxing yoga session, wonderful visit & ceremony of the wayer temple, awesome spa & massage, would 100% recommend it”

Bali Eat Pray Love Private Tour

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4.9/5 Rating | “The Eat, Pray, Love tour was definitely a highlight of our Bali trip. Our tour guide, Tirta, was hospitable, knowledgeable & friendly. He took the time to educate us on the Balinese culture and was very thorough in answering all our questions.”

Healing and Aura Cleansing Tour with Yoga and Meditation

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4.6/5 Rating | “Wayan, my guide was very kind, friendly & knowledgeable! He was very helpful and gave me great information about Bali and spirituality. Agus my guru was also incredible and I would say this was a life-changing experience. I left feeling inspired and super grounded.”

5. Awaken Your Inner Chef with a Cooking Class

What to do in Ubud if you are looking for cultural immersion? Join an Ubud cooking class? By doing so, you’ll not only discover the rich and unique flavours of Balinese cuisine, but you’ll also get to cook and eat with local experts with fresh produce straight from traditional markets.

Traditional Balinese Cooking Class & Meal in a Multi-Generational Family Home

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“Putu’s cooking class was truly the highlight of our trip. We started off with a very informative cultural lesson. Then, we took a tour of her family farm and learned about the ingredients we used for the meal. Throughout the process, Putu offered cooking techniques and personal anecdotes that added to the experience. At the end we enjoyed our delicious, homemade meal. Easily one of the best meals we’ve had during our stay in Bali. Would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to visit Ubud!”

Ubud Paon Cooking Class (5 Star rated | 80+ Reviews) “From start to finish the whole experience did not disappoint. The market tour guide was well-informed about the local produce and its uses for them all. The cooking class was engaging, all the steps and the purposes of each ingredient were explained thoroughly and it was very easy to follow along.) >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

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Private Balinese Cooking Class and Garden Tour in Ubud (5 Star Rated | 151+ Reviews) “Loved it didn’t think I would like it, but I was the best thing I did in Bali. Walked around the village, Dewa told us so much. Dewa was so informative learnt so much in local cooking A must-do in Bali 10/5 stars” >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

There’s no better way to learn about a culture than by experiencing its food and hospitality first-hand. These Balinese cooking classes are led by expert chefs who will teach you the traditional cooking techniques and spice combinations that make their cuisine so beloved.

6. Treat Yourself to a Floating Breakfast

Hands down, one of the best things to do in Ubud is to have your Instagram followers green with envy! Experience a truly unique and luxurious way of enjoying a meal by indulging in a floating breakfast, where delicious dishes are served in a floating tray as you lounge in your private pool.

Floating Breakfast Ubud Things to do in Ubud Bali

Floating breakfasts are usually an add-on option at a hotel stay, check out my fav picks below and READ THE FULL ARTICLE >> 20+ Places to find the Best Bali Floating Breakfasts

BEST HOTELS IN UBUD FOR FLOATING BREAKFASTS

LOOKING FOR A FLOATING BREAKFAST WITHOUT THE HOTEL STAY?

Floating Pool Breakfast or Brunch In Ubud Rainforest (At Kamandalu Ubud Resort)

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7. Relax and Unwind with a Flower Bath

Allow your mind and body to rejuvenate in a fragrant, luxurious flower bath that is not only Insta-worthy but also immensely relaxing.

Bali Flower Bath Ubud Things to do in Ubud Bali

Refreshing your skin after some harsh sun on an island and boat trip or even just to soothe your mind and body after a frantic and bustling trip of trying to cram everything into your Bali bucket list

Here are some of my favourite Ubud Hotels with Spas that offer this wonderful indulgence:

CHANA & FOREST SPA Stay at Kamandalu

KARSA SPA

DEWI GANGGA SPAStay at Puri Gangga

FIVELEMENTS SPAStay at Fivelements Retreats

KAVERI SPA – Stay at The Udaya

TEJA SPAStay at Andiwana Hotels

READ MY FULL POST >> 10+ Stunning Flower Baths Bali experiences (Location, Pricing, Types of Baths offered) Highly recommended to add to your things to do in Bali Ubud trip!

8. Meet the Residents of Monkey Forest

A visit to Ubud is incomplete without meeting the cheeky inhabitants of the Ubud Monkey Forest (Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary). I think that Instagram has popularised this Ubud place to visit.

TRY A COMBO OF THESE UBUD PLACES TO VISIT WITH THESE TOURS

BEST OF UBUD – temples, waterfalls, forest and rice terraces

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5-star Rated | 4 383+ Reviews | Rio simply has given us a dream come true kind of a day trip. Everything was so nice and very well organised. The locations, sceneries, and food were outstanding. This is 100% a MUST do Ubud day trip if you visiting Bali. Whether you’re going as a family or couple or solo.

UBUD IN A DAY – monkey forest, temples, rice terraces, temples incl Jungle swing

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5-star Rated | 3 158+ Reviews “Our driver Sunarta was amazing, on time and took lots of pics for us. So much to do in one day, all fun and very interesting, monkey forest and swing were the best. Fun, entertaining day out”

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5 star Rated | 1 589+ Reviews “Fantastic trip! Dika our driver had a wealth of knowledge on the area and spoke great English, he was more than happy to stop at any little shops along the way so make sure you take some cash incase you see something you like! This trip is a great way to get lots done in one day for a great price!

Home to over 700 long-tailed Balinese macaques, the forest is believed to be a sacred site protected by the monkeys themselves. Explore the three stunning Hindu temples nestled within- Pura Dalem Agung, Pura Beji, and Pura Prajapati.

TRAVELIST TIP:

  1. Remove any loose items on your person like hats, sunglasses & jewellery
  2. Don’t have food outside your bag
  3. The monkeys can turn aggressive in an instant -keep your distance if you’re concerned
  4. Don’t touch the babies
  5. Although the monkeys are fairly used to people, they are wild animals, not pets
  6. Wash your hands after interacting with the monkeys
  7. Opening Hours 8:00 to 18:00

9. Immerse Yourself in the Sacred Space of Temples

Ubud is home to numerous temples, so this is a must do in Ubud, each with its own unique beauty and spiritual significance. Some must-see Ubud temples include Pura Taman Saraswati, Pura Gunung Kawi, Elephant Cave Goa Gajah and Pura Tirta Empul.

Pura Tirta Empul: Tirta Empul is an iconic Balinese temple renowned for its sacred springs and purifying baths, which is open for the public to bathe in. Locals and tourists alike flock to this enchanting site to soak in the sacred water, in hopes that God will grant their wishes. Immerse yourself in this unique and refreshing experience.

Ubud Tour With Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple

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5 STAR RATED | “We had an amazing tour around Ubud with our host Tude. He was punctual in picking us up, and we headed onto a journey of multiple stops. Throughout the trip, Tude took the time to explain the significance of the places, walk us through the water purification process at the temple, and describe the history of many of the landmarks. We enjoyed all the stops on the tour, learned a lot about Balinese culture, and everything was so easy with our tour guide. 100% would highly recommend”

Pura Taman Saraswati: Dedicated to the Hindu goddess of learning, wisdom, music, and art. Adorned with intricate carvings, this stunning temple features serene water gardens and lotus ponds leading up to its elegant structure (Also EXTREMELY INSTAWORTHY!). Experience the temple’s unique ambience while enjoying mesmerizing Balinese dance performances and immerse yourself in this oasis of spirituality and artistry.

Create your own Ubud Itinerary with Private Car & Driver

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5 STAR RATED | 941+ Reviews “Amazing! We had Wayan the first day and immediately requested him for our 2nd day. He was friendly, knowledgeable and helped plan our day so we saw everything we wanted. He explained the cultural and historical significance of all of the sights in Ubud. He also took the time to be our personal photographer, making sure we got a perfect shot/video at every destination. Wayan made sure the car was nice and cold every time we came back from a stop. He also packed ice cold water and cold towels which felt so great after hiking the hot humid jungle to temples and waterfalls. I can’t say enough wonderful things about our days with Wayan. We will be back and will request him again!”

Goa Gajah: Adorned with stunning carvings of mythical creatures, is a must-see attraction for history buffs and adventurers alike. Immerse yourself in the holiest Hindu site and uncover the mystery of its origins— was it really hand-dug by Hindu priests for use as a hermitage?

Best of Ubud Private Day Tour

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5 STAR RATED | 716+ Reviews “Such an exciting tour! Our guide Agung was friendly and helpful, and a great photographer to boot! We visited the coffee plantation, the sacred monkey forest, Tirta Empul, Goa Gajah, the rice fields and Tegenungan waterfall all in one day, plus an extra stop for lunch at a delicious restaurant with a variety of both local Balinese and Western cuisine to try. Very happily tired afterwards”

Pura Gunung Kawi: This stunning collection of candi also known as Valley of the Kings, is nestled in a river valley surrounded by rice fields and jungle, making it a must-visit day trip destination. Showcasing ten beautifully carved temple fronts, the candi was designed to house the souls of ancient kings and are chiselled into the valley walls on both sides of the Pekerisan River.

10. Enjoy Unforgettable Views of Ubud’s Waterfalls

Best of Bali Waterfalls: Tibumana, Tukad Cepung and Tegenungan

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5 STAR RATED | 1 317 Reviews “The waterfalls were truly beautiful, and definitely the highlight of my trip. The real thing was more beautiful than the pictures. My tour guide was Dewa and he was absolutely fantastic, he took time to explain various facts to me, went at my speed, and spent the whole day taking amazing pictures of me (I was travelling solo)”

Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall is located just a short drive from the town centre and it’s possibly the most popular waterfall in the area, so go early aka first thing to escape the crowds.

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Tegenungan Waterfall Aerial View

It’s located in a small gorge, so there is a decent descent of stairs to get down and an equal journey back up. There are also plenty of photo spots and platforms for some instaworthy and somewhat cheesy snaps

Kanto Lampo Waterfall

Kanto Lampo Waterfall is located just a short walk from Tegenungan Waterfall. The waterfall is less crowded than Tegenungan and there are a number of small pools where you can take a dip. Be sure to wear proper footwear as the path to the waterfall can be slippery.

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Kanto Lampo Waterfall

Tibumana Waterfall

Tibumana Waterfall is located about an hour’s drive from Ubud town centre and is one of the more secluded waterfalls in the area. The waterfall is surrounded by lush jungle and there’s a small pool at the base where you can swim.

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Tibumana Waterfall

11. Hidden Canyon Lemukih

Once a secret gem that is now a must-see for visitors. Locals consider it sacred and with good reason. The breathtaking rock formations amidst the stunning natural surroundings make it a can’t-miss destination for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies.

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This is a proper trek, be prepared to scale some rockfaces and wade through waist-high water. It’s definitely a good idea to hire one of the local guides to get through this one. Its a must-do Ubud activity, Get ready to dive right in – quite literally!

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Bali Adventure Tour: Hidden Canyon, Tegenungan Waterfall, Goa Gajah temple (5 Star Rated | “My guide Gusti was beyond fabulous. He is very helpful and so kind. I had a great day and absolutely loved the hidden canyon trek. Make sure you bring changing clothes because you’ll for sure get wet during the trek.” >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

Exploring Beji Guwang Hidden Canyon (5 Star Rated | “My husband and I had an amazing day! Our driver got the door for me every time and took extremely good care of us. The Hidden Canyon was a lot harder then I thought, (I’m fit but small) the current kept dragging me so it scared me a little. I would suggest you be fairly fit for this whole tour.” >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

12. Spa Treatments in Ubud

Unwind and relax with a luxurious spa treatment in one of Ubud’s award-winning spas.

Hanging Gardens of Bali: Luxurious Spa & Wellness Treatments

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5-Star Rated | “The location of this hotel is stunning! You look out across a valley of vegetation. Clouds roll in and then clear; the view is forever changing. A very atmospheric hotel with lovely rooms.”

A Spa Day Retreat in Ubud

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5-Star Rated | “Amazing day, from the water purification in the morning, then heading for lunch and relaxing by the pool. What topped the day off was the relaxing yoga session and the best massage you will have. Recommend to anyone for a great Ubud experience.”

13. Tubing and White Water rafting in Ubud

Looking for a thrilling way to experience the stunning natural beauty of Bali – enter white water rafting in Ubud! Choose between a morning or afternoon departure time and set off down the Ayung River alongside your expert adventure guides.

1# PICK: Agung White Water Rafting/w ATV ride Ubud add on (5-star Rated | 223 ReviewsOur driver Bagus from Sun tour Bali is the best! Friendly, funny and knowledgeable! The guides for white water rafting are so much fun! Be sure to buy them a Bintang on your stop along the way because they work so hard”  >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

#2 PICK: Bali White Water Rafting w/Lunch (5-star Rated | 70 Reviews “Beautiful nature! Water rafting in the middle of a jungle is a unique experience. Rapids are just perfect -not too much and not too little. Very friendly and experienced personnel. Our guide, Newmo, was great at directing the raft! Would highly recommend it!   >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

3# PICK: Bali White Water Rafting/w Hotel Transfer (5-star Rated | 23 Reviews “Super duper fun experience! The guides were very helpful and committed to ensuring your safety. It was a good mix of exhilaration and serendipity. And our driver mr Ajik was so kind and helpful >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

White Water Rafting on the Agung River Ubud

As you paddle along, be amazed by the native flora and fauna you encounter along the way, including hidden waterfalls and refreshing swimming spots. Definitely, something outdoorsy to add to your Bali Ubud things to-do list.

TRAVELIST TIP: The rapids themselves are Class 2 to 3, therefore surprisingly gentle. Just be aware that there are a decent few stairs to climb to get to the activity and then consequently stairs to climb back up. Definitely worth pairing this with the quad biking adventure too for a super-packed afternoon!

And when you work up an appetite, stop off for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant with breathtaking views of the surrounding jungle. If you’re looking for fun, exhilaration, and unforgettable memories, white water rafting in Bali is an absolute must-do on your list of things to do in Ubud!

14. Explore Ubud’s Art and Crafts Market

Attention shopping enthusiasts and avid photographers! The Ubud Art Market is in the heart of Ubud town and highly ranked in the things to see in Ubud list!

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This artistic region of Bali offers hand-crafted goods that are locally made. From silk scarves to woven rattan bags, paintings, home decor to kitchenware, you can find it all here.

TRAVELIST TIP: Many blogs I’ve read especially about South East Asia encourage bargaining and haggling on prices. While I don’t dispute bargaining by any means, I do believe in paying what’s fair and not always trying to get the absolute dirt lowest cost price on things. You need to understand that these people literally rely on your income for their livelihood so pay what’s fair and pay it forward.

And for those who love street-style photography, the market is a perfect backdrop to capture street photography portraits with depth and character. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to bring home souvenirs that are typically Balinese and unavailable elsewhere.

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Open daily from 8:00am – 5:00pm, make sure to arrive early to avoid crowds and snag the best deals. Plus, you might recognize the market from the film Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts.

TRAVELIST TIP: From 5:00 am to 8:00 the market is mainly for food (fruit, veg , meat etc.) and then changes to an art market from 8:00 am.

15. Ubud Rice Fields Walk

Discover a hidden gem in Ubud – take a relaxing stroll through the stunning rice fields. Only a 45-minute walk, this path is often overlooked despite being situated in the town centre. >> Here’s The route on Google Maps

Ubud Rice Fields Walk Things to do in Bali Ubud

Enjoy a flat walk through the fields, taking in the picturesque views. There are plenty of cafes to stop at along the way, such as Cafe Pomegranate, Dragonfly Cafe and Joglo Organik. For any yoga enthusiasts, the Ubud Yoga House is located just off this path.

Alternatively, start at the far end of Jalan Kajeng and loop around to the other rice field path, although beware – motorbikes do drive along these narrow routes.

16. Mount Batur Sunrise Hike

Are you up for a challenge? The climb up Mount Batur is slightly tough for some, but totally worth it.

Wake up at 2 am, drive a few hours, and trek up a massive mountain in the dark. Trust me, the pain is worth the magnificent view. Although Mount Batur is a bit north of Ubud, most people start their trek from Ubud for easy pick-up arrangements.

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Private Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking

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5-Star Rated | 111 Reviews “Great experience with Perfect coordination from the pick up till thee end! Made was really helpful during the hike, and really nice with us. I recommend 100%!”

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Mount Batur Sunrise Trek & Hot Springs

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5- Star Rated | 75 Reviews “This is an amazing hike. If you dress warm, have walking sticks, are in good physical shape and are able to get up at 2 am to begin this adventure you are in for a great experience! There were motorcycles available to help those in need, to bring you up”

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Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking Experience

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5-Star Rated | 49 Reviews “Where to even start with this tour – it was FLAWLESS! Our drivers collected us in perfect time to where we met Yus, our fantastic guide. He made us feel totally at ease all the way through the hike, ensuring we were both enjoying ourselves while also making sure we were safe. He really made us feel like we were his sole priority. The hike itself is stunning.”

The trek starts at approximately 2 am to reach the summit by sunrise. It took about an hour and a half to reach the top, but the feeling of accomplishment is unbeatable. You’ll bond with your team, and get to say you conquered an active volcano.

The trek itself is about 2 hours up steep and sometimes loose rock or volcanic ash, but the view from the top showcasing Mount Agung on Bali and Mount Rinjani on Lombok is breathtaking.

17. Royal Palace Ubud

Discover the historical residence of Ubud’s royal family, in the iconic Ubud Palace (also known as Puri Saren Palace or Puri Saren Agung).

Ubud Royal Palace Puri Saren Palace or Puri Saren Agung Things to do in Ubud Bali

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BEST OF UBUD: Monkey Forest, Temple, Waterfall, Rice Terrace & Art Villages (5 Star Rated | 461 Reviews “My guide was Darma! He was amazing! As a solo traveller, he made me feel so comfortable. There is definitely a lot to see in one day but he never made me feel rushed and always gave me tips when trying to buy something. He has so much knowledge and could answer all my questions. Wicked amazing experiences! Thanks for making it an awesome day Darma!” >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

UBUD CULTURAL DAY TOUR: A Day of Balinese Cultural Experience (5 Star Rated | 14 Reviews “We loved the tour. If you do it and you don’t feel like buying in the markets, ask for them not to take you to tourist traps, as there are a lot of places they could take you. The driver took us to many beautiful temples, incredible rice terraces, the monkey sanctuary and even to a volcano. If you want to say you visited Bali, this tour is a must.” >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

PRIVATE UBUD HIGHLIGHTS TOUR (5 Star Rated | 338 Reviews “Our tour guide Gede was soooooo amazing!!! He made sure to take the most amazing pictures so we can cherish the memories we had in Ubud. He was careful driving through the streets. Gede was amazingly informative at every stop we took, and so knowledgeable about the areas. Highly recommend you take a tour with Gede.” >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

Located in the vibrant centre of downtown Ubud and adjacent to the traditional art market, immerse yourself in the stunning pavilions and serene gardens. You’ll also want to experience the mesmerising traditional Balinese dance performances in the enchanting courtyard each evening, which is a Ubud must vist.

18. Ubud Jungle Swing

Be brave and take a ride on possibly the most popular Instagram attraction in Ubud – the Bali swing. Ubud hosts a variety of swings in Ubud, all offering great views of the surrounding area.

TRAVELIST TIP: These Ubud tourist attractions are renowned for their “Instaworthiness” and what’s pretty awesome is you can hire dresses for the coveted ‘long flowy shot’ dress. The dress hire for the Bali swing is around IDR 150 000 to IDR 250 000 depending on what you choose, but you’ll definitely love the photos as they truly know what a good shot looks like!

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Best of Ubud Tour incl. Swing

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5-Star Rating | 3 188 Reviews “The stops on this tour were amazing! Getting to the swing early was key to avoid the lines. Hendra my driver was great also giving other information about Bali!”

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Bali Swing Ubud Tour with Lunch

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5 Star Rating | 33 Reviews ” The tour was amazing. Would 100% recommend Nyoman to anyone coming to the Ubud area. He was super knowledgeable about the Balinese culture. He also sorted all the entrance fees which was super convenient and the sites and places he took us to were all amazing.”

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Fantastic Ubud Tour w/Aloha Swing Ubud

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5 Star Rating | 18 Reviews “The tour was so amazing!!! We are able to make the most of the day with lots of sceneries, culture, heritage and even historical stories from our tour guide/driver Bli Awan! He is very good in English as well and a good photographer :).”

19. Downhill Bike Tour

Ubud Downhill cycling tour Things to do in Ubud

Experience the best of Balinese culture and adventure during this Ubud sightseeing full-day downhill cycling tour from Ubud. Start with a pickup from your hotel and head to the stunning landscapes surrounding the Kintamani volcano, where you’ll first partake in a coffee-tasting session.

-TOP PICK- FULL DAY DOWNHILL CYCLING TOUR FROM UBUD: (5 Star Rated | 140+ Reviews) “Wayan (the driver) and Wayan (the guide) were both wonderful. The tour itself was nice because it included a visit to a coffee plantation where we saw luwaks and were provided with tasters for many different types of coffee and tea along with some pancakes as a palate cleanser. The bike ride was not at all difficult and was truly “downhill”. We stopped at several sites and Wayan provided an explanation of the significance. Seeing a Balinese home was very interesting. In the end we were even treated to a delicious lunch.” >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

-#2 PICK- DOWNHILL CYCLING TOUR: (5 Star Rated | 17+ Reviews) A fun half-day experience! Made and Patu showed us a great time. Beautiful scenery and they chose a great, safe route. Going downhill the whole way was definitely a bonus! Would recommend! >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

-#3 PICK- HALF DAY UBUD RICE FIELD & VILLAGE CYCLING TOUR (5 Star Rated | 21 Reviews) “Highly recommend this tour, we had such a great day seeing some amazing sides of Bali. Can’t express enough how much we enjoyed this tour. Our tour guides Bagus and Arak were absolutely fantastic!!! Informative about everything, great sense of humour and are just nice guys! Loved this tour!” >> CHECK AVAILABILITY

Then savour a delicious breakfast, and enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Batur. Continue to pedal your way downhill for 3.5 hours through stunning rural villages (An Ubud must-see) and picturesque scenery, with insightful commentary from your guide.

Along the way, you’ll visit a local family compound and learn about their unique Balinese way of life. End your tour with a delectable Balinese lunch and hassle-free drop-off at your Ubud hotel. This is a great way to see the attractions in Ubud whilst taking in nature.

20. Ubud Purification and Healing Ceremony

If you’re still not sure what to do in Ubud Bali, this is a truly unique and authentic experience, partake in the Ubud Purification and Healing Ceremony. This is certainly one of the more unique things to do in Ubud.

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Private Bali Temples Ubud Purification & Sights Tour

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5 Star Rating | “Thank you for making my first trip travelling solo in Bali the most memorable one. Thank you for making me feel safe by showing me and explaining to me your cultural heritage.

Healing Purification Tour with High Priest

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5 Star Rating | “I have the best experience with this amazing trip. The unique healing ceremony with the high priest and the best guide Susila. This trip makes my Bali vacation unforgettable. Best service ever”

Balinese Healing By Shaman And Self Purification

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5 Star Rating | “This is a great experience! Yande Arta was our driver, and he was fantastic! He brought us to a local healer and then took us to a temple with purifying waters. He answered all our questions about Balinese culture and the way of life here.”

Spiritual Purification and Local Healer Visit Tour (all incl.)

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5 Star Rating | “Gede is an excellent driver and guide. He was ready with everything we needed for the day even a sarong. He will never sway you in the wrong direction would highly recommend him to anybody. He has 5 stars for a reason. He does good things without ever expecting a return”

This traditional Balinese ceremony includes prayers to thank God for his blessings and to bring healing, purification, and protection.

It is a great way to feel connected with nature and local culture while receiving spiritual healing and a great way to round up your Ubud Bali things to do list!

21. Ubud Food Tour

Discover the diverse and delicious food of Ubud on a guided food tour. Sample some local favourites such as Nasi Campur, Bebek Betutu, and Gado-Gado while learning about Balinese cuisine from your guide. It’s definitely one of the top things to do in Ubud.

Ubud Night Traditional Market Tour

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4.5/5 Rating | “This tour was amazing and one of my favourite things we did in Bali! It was such a unique experience and getting to see the local culture and community was great. The food was also amazing and our tour guide was very friendly and informative, don’t hesitate to book!”

Half-Day Ubud Heritage Food Tour

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5 Star Rating | “I’ve been travelling quite often to Bali. Finally, there’s something new on the island. I enjoyed amazing authentic local food that tasted very very Balinese and learnt the stories behind it.

Ubud Elevated Food Tour

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5 Star Rating | “Ratih took 4 of us on a Luxury Tour around Ubud via walking (good pace to digest), explaining the background stories of the Michelin Chefs, the ingredients in the food, and the plating ideology, with her great command of English, attention to food requirements, and also reservation arrangements. Truly way above expectations!”

Whether you’re looking for a weekend holiday or a few weeks to immerse yourself in the culture, Ubud is definitely the place to be! With its awe-inspiring beauty, enchanting cultural elements, and tantalizing activities for everyone’s tastes, There are plenty things to do in Ubud.

Now that you’ve read all my recommendations – what activities and experiences are you most excited about discovering in Ubud? Have you been to Ubud? What were your favourite experiences while exploring this lush paradise? Share your stories with me below so we can make sure that all adventurers take away the best tips from Ubud!

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Things to do in Ubud FAQ

  1. Things to do in Ubud at Night

    Here is a list of some popular nighttime activities and places to see in Ubud, Bali:

    Traditional Balinese Dance Performances: Attend a traditional dance show at the Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung) or other venues around town. Performances typically include Legong, Barong, and Kecak dances and start around 7:30 PM.

    Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppet Theatre: Experience this unique art form that narrates ancient tales through intricately crafted leather puppets and live music. Look for performances at various venues in Ubud.

    Dining Experiences: Enjoy a romantic dinner surrounded by lush jungles at restaurants like Mozaic, or try a more casual dining experience at local warungs and cafes.

    Cooking Classes: Take an evening cooking class to learn about Balinese cuisine and prepare traditional dishes using local ingredients. Paon Bali Cooking Class and Casa Luna Cooking School are popular options.

    Laughing Buddha Bar: Visit this lively bar on Monkey Forest Road for live music, delicious cocktails, and a vibrant atmosphere.

    CP Lounge: Dance the night away at this open-air club featuring live bands, DJs, pool tables, a shisha lounge, and late-night bites.

    Yoga and Meditation Classes: Unwind with evening yoga or meditation sessions at studios like The Yoga Barn or Radiantly Alive. Look for special moonlit or candlelit classes for a unique experience.

    Night Markets: Explore Ubud’s night markets for delicious street food, unique souvenirs, and a bustling local atmosphere. The Gianyar Night Market is a popular choice for a more authentic experience.

    These are just a few of the many nighttime activities and places to explore in Ubud, Bali. Whether you’re interested in cultural experiences, dining, or nightlife, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this enchanting town.

  2. Best Restaurants in Ubud

    Here’s a brief list of some of the best restaurants in Ubud, Bali, catering to a variety of tastes and budgets:

    Locavore: A fine dining restaurant is known for its innovative fusion of Indonesian and European cuisine, using locally sourced ingredients.

    Mozaic: A gastronomic destination offering a unique blend of French and Indonesian cuisines, set in a beautiful garden setting.

    Hujan Locale: A stylish restaurant serving a mix of Indonesian and Southeast Asian dishes, with an emphasis on farm-to-table dining.

    Murni’s Warung: A cozy, multi-level restaurant overlooking the Campuhan River, offering a range of Indonesian and Western dishes along with beautiful views.

    Casa Luna: A charming cafe and restaurant popular for its delicious Balinese and Mediterranean dishes, as well as its homemade bakery items.

    Ibu Oka Warung: Famous for its traditional Balinese dish, Babi Guling (roast suckling pig), Ibu Oka is a must-visit spot for food lovers looking for an authentic local experience.

    These are just a few of the many excellent dining options in Ubud, with something to suit every palate and budget.

  3. Best Hotels in Ubud

    These are some of the best Bali hotels in Ubud, including budget, mid-range, and luxury options, but for a more comprehensive post on where to stay in Bali >> READ: The Best Places to stay in Bali

    Budget:
    Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel: A lively, social hostel with comfortable rooms and dorms, featuring beautiful garden surroundings and a popular pool area.
    Ani’s Villas: A charming, family-run guesthouse offering traditional Balinese-style rooms, set amidst lush gardens and located near central Ubud.

    Mid-range:
    Alaya Resort Ubud: A stylish and eco-friendly boutique resort boasting modern amenities, a serene ambience, and a convenient location close to the heart of Ubud. 4. – Komaneka at Rasa Sayang: A luxurious yet affordable hotel featuring spacious rooms, an infinity pool, and attentive service, nestled within the vibrant centre of Ubud.

    Luxury:
    Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan: One of the ultimate 5 star hotels in Ubud, it’s a lavish riverside resort offering sumptuous villas, world-class amenities, and exceptional service in a stunning tropical setting.
    The Viceroy Bali: An opulent, all-villa resort perched atop a lush valley, known for its breathtaking views, private pool villas, and impeccable service.
    The Samaya Ubud: A luxurious, tranquil resort tucked away amidst lush rice fields and verdant hillsides, offering exquisite private villas, exceptional dining experiences, and unparalleled hospitality.

    These hotels cater to various budgets and preferences while providing memorable stays for visitors exploring the enchanting town of Ubud.

  4. Is Ubud Bali an expensive place to visit?

    Similar to Bali as a whole, Ubud offers a wide range of options for different budgets. It can be both affordable and expensive depending on your travel preferences and choices. You can find budget accommodations, affordable dining options, and inexpensive activities in Ubud. However, there are also luxury resorts, high-end restaurants, and pricier experiences available if you prefer a more upscale experience.

    By carefully selecting your accommodation, dining options, and activities, it’s possible to have an enjoyable visit to Ubud on a modest budget. On the other hand, if you prefer high-end experiences and luxury stays, Ubud can cater to those preferences at a higher cost. The affordability of visiting Ubud largely depends on your personal travel style and preferences.

  5. Is Ubud Bali Indonesia worth a trip?

    Yes, Ubud is definitely worth a trip for many travellers. It is considered the cultural heart of Bali and offers a unique blend of natural beauty, rich cultural experiences, and a vibrant arts scene. Some reasons to visit Ubud include:

    Cultural immersion: Ubud is home to numerous art galleries, museums, and traditional dance performances that showcase Balinese culture.

    Temples and historical sites: Ubud has several beautiful temples, such as the Tirta Empul Temple and Goa Gajah, which provide insight into the island’s spiritual heritage.

    Scenic landscapes: The area surrounding Ubud is famous for its stunning rice terraces, lush jungles, and picturesque valleys, offering ample opportunities for hiking, cycling, and photography.

    Wellness and relaxation: Ubud is known for its yoga and meditation retreats, as well as numerous spas and wellness centres that cater to those seeking rejuvenation and relaxation.

    Culinary experiences: With a diverse range of dining options, from traditional Balinese cuisine to international dishes, Ubud is a food lover’s paradise.

    Whether you’re interested in exploring Bali’s culture, history, or natural beauty, or simply looking to unwind and indulge, Ubud offers something for everyone and is well worth a visit.

  6. Is it worth visiting Ubud Bali during rainy season?

    Visiting Ubud during the rainy season has its pros and cons, and whether it’s worth it depends on your preferences and flexibility.

    Pros:
    Fewer tourists: The rainy season typically sees fewer visitors, making popular attractions less crowded and providing a more relaxed atmosphere.
    Lush landscapes: The rain brings out the vibrant green colours of the rice terraces and jungles, creating stunning scenery for photography and exploration.
    Lower prices: Accommodations and some activities may offer discounted rates during the rainy season, making it a more budget-friendly option.

    Cons:
    Unpredictable weather: Rainfall can be heavy and sudden, potentially disrupting outdoor activities and sightseeing plans.
    Higher humidity: The humidity levels tend to be higher during the rainy season, which might be uncomfortable for some visitors.
    Risk of flooding or landslides: In some cases, heavy rainfall can cause flooding or landslides in certain areas, affecting travel plans and accessibility.

    If you are flexible with your plans and don’t mind the occasional downpour, visiting Ubud during the rainy season can still be an enjoyable experience.

    You can take advantage of the quieter atmosphere and lower prices while also enjoying indoor activities like visiting art galleries, museums, and yoga classes when the weather is less favourable. However, if you prefer to maximize your time outdoors or dislike humidity and rain, it might be better to visit during the drier months.

  7. Is Ubud too crowded in January?

    January falls within Bali’s rainy season, which typically lasts from November to March. While Ubud may still attract some tourists during this time, it is generally less crowded compared to the peak tourist season, which occurs during the drier months of June to September.

    Visiting Ubud in January means you may experience occasional rain showers and higher humidity, but it also offers certain advantages like fewer tourists at popular attractions, lower prices on accommodations, and a more relaxed atmosphere. If you don’t mind the possibility of rain and prefer a quieter travel experience, January can be a good time to visit Ubud. However, keep in mind that weather conditions might affect your ability to fully enjoy outdoor activities and sightseeing.

  8. Is English spoken in Ubud Bali?

    Yes, English is widely spoken in Ubud and other tourist areas in Bali. Many locals working in the tourism industry, such as hotel staff, restaurant workers, tour guides, and shopkeepers, have a good command of English to communicate effectively with international visitors.

    While Balinese and Indonesian are the primary languages spoken on the island, the popularity of Bali as a tourist destination has led to increased proficiency in English among the local population, making it relatively easy for English-speaking travellers to get around and interact with people in Ubud. However, learning a few basic phrases in Indonesian or Balinese can be helpful and appreciated by the locals.

  9. What are the most romantic things to do in Ubud Bali?

    Here’s a list of some romantic activities to enjoy with your partner in Ubud, Bali:

    Private dinner: Arrange a private candlelit dinner at a luxury resort, amidst the lush rice fields, or overlooking a river valley.

    Spa day: Indulge in a couples’ spa treatment or massage at one of Ubud’s many wellness centres or luxury resorts.

    Cooking class: Take a Balinese cooking class together and learn how to prepare traditional dishes using local ingredients.

    Sunrise hike: Embark on an early morning hike up Mount Batur to witness a breathtaking sunrise and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

    Campuhan Ridge Walk: Stroll hand-in-hand along the picturesque Campuhan Ridge Walk, taking in the beautiful scenery and enjoying each other’s company.

    Tegalalang Rice Terrace: Visit the iconic Tegalalang Rice Terrace and capture some memorable photos together amidst the vibrant green terraces.

    Art galleries and museums: Explore Ubud’s thriving art scene by visiting local galleries and museums, such as the Blanco Renaissance Museum or the Neka Art Museum.

    Traditional dance performance: Attend a traditional Balinese dance performance, like the Kecak or Legong, for a unique cultural experience.

    Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Sanctuary: Wander through the enchanting Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, home to hundreds of playful Balinese long-tailed monkeys.

    Ubud Palace and Saraswati Temple: Visit the historical Ubud Palace and the beautiful Saraswati Temple, both offering a glimpse into Bali’s rich cultural heritage.

    These activities provide a mix of relaxation, adventure, and cultural experiences, allowing you and your partner to create lasting memories in the charming town of Ubud.

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