Top 9 Things To Do In Ubud | Bali, Indonesia

August 29, 2016 Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

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Arrived to our third stop on our Bali trip, the cultural city of Ubud. When you think of Bali, this is where you want to be!

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Ubud is known to many as Elizabeth Gilbert’s (or Julia Roberts’) final stop on her Eat, Pray, Love trip. This rice field surrounded town, often referred to as the cultural heart of Bali, is high on many people's bucket-list. Balinese spirituality is a big draw for the town of Ubud, so it shouldn't be surprising that many people who come to the region do so in order to learn some of the local yoga and meditation techniques. It's also a hub for many vegan and vegetarians foodies, hipsters, and laid back souls. If you ever wanted to have a unique accommodation experience (click here) to check out the awesome Airbnb we stayed at in Ubud.

Sacred Monkey Forest.
Monkey Forest is one of the most popular attractions in Ubud, and since the forest was just nearby our Airbnb, we decided to go check it out. You do have to buy a ticket to enter but it's worth experiencing. Be careful with your belongings! These monkeys may seem cute and friendly, but they are known to steal sunglasses, food from your bags, or whatever they can get their little hands on. Don't feed the monkeys either, I witnessed a few people get bitten. Some monkeys will jump on you if you get too close. I also saw a monkey pulled down a girl's pants down, which was hilarious to the surrounding tourists.

Sacred Monkey Forest Bali Indonesia

Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud

Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud

Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud

Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia

Tegallalang Rice Terrace.
We hired a taxi driver for the day and he had some tour packages available to choose from. The places we were interested in seeing were the Tegallalang rice terraces, luwak coffee tour, and the elephant temple. Tegalalang rice terrace is located 600 meters above sea level. When you see this place in person, you feel like you're in a different world. It's honestly so beautiful, I never seen anything like this before. There really isn’t a place to take a bad picture, but there are several spots where you can stop along the path and snap some breathtaking images. As you go further along the path, you will come across a few places where locals ask for a donation (which is mandatory for you to continue to walk through). These donations go toward maintaining the paths and bridges that visitors use to hike the terraces. I do recommend coming earlier in the day to visit if you want to avoid the crowds.

Tegallalang Rice Terrace

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Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Tegallalang Rice Terrace Bali Indonesia

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Tegallalang Rice Terrace Bali Indonesia

Luwak Coffee.
In Ubud, you must try some luwak coffee! There are many coffee plantation tours available throughout Ubud. The one that was offered to us by our taxi driver that we hired for the day was amazing! It's called Alas Harum if you're interested in visiting the one we went to. You're able to see the Balinese coffee making process as well taste test local teas and coffee's. They also have a store that you can purchase teas and coffee flavors to bring back home with you.

Luwak Coffee Tour

Coffee Tour Ubud Bali Indonesia

Luwak Coffee Ubud Bali Indonesia

Coffee Tour Ubud Bali Indonesia

Coffee Tour Ubud Bali Indonesia

Luwak Coffee Ubud Bali Indonesia

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Elephant Temple.
Located just 10 minutes outside Ubud is Goa Gajah is a significant Hindu archaeological site. Goa Gajah is locally known as the Elephant Cave because of its close proximity to the Elephant River. There is an entrance fee to enter. Your legs your have to be covered or you won't be able to enter. There are sarongs available outside the temple to rent or buy. Goa Gajah is still an active worship site so try not to get in the way of worshippers. It won't take that long to see the grounds but it's a very beautiful place to wonder. Visiting at least one Balinese temple during your trip is must!

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Goa Gajah Ubud Bali Indonesia

Goa Gajah Ubud Bali Indonesia

Goa Gajah Ubud Bali Indonesia

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Tegenungan Waterfalls.
This is one of the more accessible waterfalls in Bali. Located only 10 minutes from Ubud, you'll find yourself wanting to chase some waterfalls (TLC reference anyone?). After paying a small entrance fee, you will walk through small shops and at the end you'll find yourself at the top of some stairs. You will need to descend these stairs to get to the waterfalls. Keep in mind these stairs are a bit steep and climbing them back up will give your legs a workout! It was probably not the smartest idea to visit the waterfalls after a volcano hike, because my legs were feeling like jello at this point. I recommend visiting the waterfalls as early as you can in the morning, to beat the crowds. We went before sunset and it was pretty busy. Like I said before, it's one of the more accessible waterfalls that you don't have to any sort of trek to get to, you can go in flip flops and be fine!

Tegenungan Waterfalls Ubud Bali Indonesia

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Tegenungan Waterfalls  Bali Indonesia

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Feed Your Taste Buds.
Ubud has HUGE assortment of restaurants that will satisfy everyone's taste buds. Restaurant prices are a little higher than the average Southeast Asian meal and there's a 15% tax added to restaurant bills. If you're a vegan, this will be your favorite city in Bali! There are countless of restaurants that are vegan specific. Even if you're not vegan or vegetarian, I encourage you to try some dishes. There was a girl in our group who was vegetarian so in Ubud we would go to a restaurants of her choice. I tried many vegan dishes for the first time and loved it! Don't worry there are plenty of regular restaurants as well with international and western selections to choose from as well as traditional Balinese cuisine.

Places to Eat in Ubud Bali Indonesia

Places to Eat in Ubud Bali Indonesia

Places to Eat in Ubud Bali Indonesia

Places to Eat in Ubud Bali Indonesia

Places to Eat in Ubud Bali Indonesia

Places to Eat in Ubud Bali Indonesia

Places to Eat in Ubud Bali Indonesia

Shopping.
Ubud is where you want to get some shopping done. I found the most unique souvenirs in this specific city compared to the other places in Bali that we visited. I love anything handcrafted by locals and things that are unique to whatever country I travel to. There are shops literally everywhere you go. The home decor pieces that are sold in Ubud are so unique and beautiful, it's hard not to spend all of your money shopping! Just remember you can always bargain your way for awesome deals.

Ubud Shopping

Shopping in Ubud Bali

Ubud Bali Shopping

Pamper Yourself.
What better way to relax than getting massages and pampering yourself. There are many spa's located in Ubud for everyone's budget. Right after the Mt Batur sunrise hike, I made sure to get a massage and also get my nails done. If you want to read more about the Mt Batur sunrise hike (click here).

Massages in Ubud Bali Indonesia

Spas in Ubud Bali Indonesia

Take a Yoga Class.
Ubud is the known for it's yoga retreats. You can find a range of classes for all different levels in many studios all around Ubud. What makes taking yoga in Ubud unique is that most studios are designed to be open plan, meaning you can take in the beautiful surroundings at the same time.

Yoga Class in Bali Indonesia


Comment below,
What's your favorite city in Bali?

Until the next post!
-WanderlustBeautyDreams ♡ 

56 comments

  1. Ubud is such a beautiful place. It is on the top of my list in Bali. With your blog, I got a clearer perspective of traveling here. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Green parks and ancient temples. These all looks so usual for a European eye. I would love to go there, see and photograph things myself.

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  3. Ubud is one of the place I wish to visit in Indonesia and experience it genuine and pristine lifestyle. And learn few cooking tips from the locals.

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  4. Your pictures are awesome. Im desperate to get to the market and the ruins and see if the paddyfields are really as green as your photos show. I love a blog with lots of photos because all the words in the world cant show a place as well as a picture can

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    1. I agree, I also love video as well! I have youtube video of this trip as well :)

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  5. Bali is the best place in Indonesia to eat well. Seriously, they have so much great food. I loved the rice terraces too, such a peaceful place in the morning with a great light.

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  6. I really like rice terraces, I would gladly take pictures there. I would not refuse a cup of coffee and eat something local. And of course yoga. I have been practicing yoga for several months, so I would love to practice in Bali.

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  7. Ubud looks so dreamy! Definitely want to pack my stuff and go!

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  8. Wow Bali looks absolutely gorgeous! I would love to try some of that coffee!

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  9. I loved Bali and I wouldn't mind visiting it again. Hopefully when all these virus thing gets over.

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  10. what a gorgeous place!! i love all your beautiful photos. i would certainly love to visit with my girlfriends too. Thanks for the visual tour.

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    1. Thank you so much! It's a wonderful destination that I highly recommend people visit.

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  11. I'ver heard so many awesome things about this place! Looks like you had a life changing trip! Be Safe!!

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  12. Wow, your photos are incredible! I know a few people who have went to Bali and completed yoga classes and courses. I can only imagine what a wonderful environment that would be to be in.

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  13. Wow! You've got great photos of these places in Indonesia. Looks like fun places to visit.

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  14. Indonesia is one of my travel destinations. I hope I can go there and discover what you have written here.

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  15. This looks so amazing! I can't wait to go to Bali in the near future!

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  16. I have heard of Bali but not Ubud! It seems like a magical place and I would love to try the rice and coffee there!

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    1. Ubud is in Bali. Theres many towns to check out whenever visiting Bali!

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  17. Ubud was one of my favorite place in Bali. It is so calming and the nature is absolutely beautiful! Great round up!

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  18. I cant help but stop at every picture you have in here. I like the way you tell story. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. What a rich experience to remember! I love that you took this trip with your friends.

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  20. I think I might be able to visit this place once the whole craziness is over. This place looks gorgeous.

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    1. I highly recommend visiting Ubud, very gorgeous place!

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  21. I would love to visit Indonesia someday, thanks for the guide

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  22. Cool pictures. I'd like to visit this place someday, if I have a chance. Thank you for sharing this post :) - Dan "Jay" Reyes

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out this post!

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  23. So beautiful!! I'm sure the photos doesn't do it justice. I'm so ready to travel again!

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  24. This post is such a tease. I want to go to Bali so bad, its my dream trip! I want to visit and live there for a few months actually!

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    1. I would love to live there for a few months too! Such a great place to explore and feel at peace.

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  25. Bali looks so beautiful and fun! Thanks for sharing this!

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  26. Wow!
    Such a beautiful and natural environment. I think I'd love it here. Clean air and natural water.

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    1. It's one of my favorite places and highly recommend exploring!

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  27. I've never been to Bali but this looks incredible! If I do have the opportunity to go, I will absolutely be checking out the coffee and the gorgeous waterfalls!

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  28. Wow how beautiful! I can't wait until I can travel again!

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