Top 10 Things to Do in Ubud, Bali

Ubud is one of the popular town in Bali, famous for its arts, rice terraces, spa, and yoga. It is metaphorically a cultural center of Bali. The people here are also friendly while the architectures are beautiful and there are many tourist attractions to keep you entertained.

Ubud is geared very much to tourists, therefore, it does not lack in tourist attractions or things to do. out of 14 villages here, you can find many hidden treasures and fun-filled activities among the people with their quiet everyday village life.

Here is our take on Top 10 Things to Do in Ubud for you:

Explore the rice fields of Tegalalang

Arguably the most popular thing to do in Ubud because of the beautiful landscapes that are lined with rice terraces, running through with brilliantly blue streams with dramatic limestones and valleys as a backdrop. The best way to explore this area is on a motorbike so that you can feel the cool refreshing wind while you hear every sound and see every sight in person. At the northeast of Tegalalang, you will find the classic rice terraces that are so revered all over Asia. Riding here will keep you well entranced as you see the greeneries stretch out as far as the eye can see. If you are not keen on motorbike, then you may find one of the rice fields trekking tours that will take you around. There are also many rice fields walks that you can explore on foot instead.

Rice fields terraces, Tegalalang, Ubud, Bali

Rice fields terraces. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

Take an Ubud cycling tour

Cycling is one of the top activities in Ubud, being a place of beautiful and amazing sceneries. Besides many of the cycling tours includes sampling the delicious Balinese food along the way and also interacting with the locals. There are many cycling tours to choose from or if you want it to be a leisure one, try out the electric bike tour. Some of the other famous bike tours are Greenbike Cycling Tour, Baligobike, Bali Bike Baik and Bali on Bike.

Rent bicycle (bike) at Ubud, Bali

Rent bicycle at Ubud, Bali. Photo by Made Yanuarta

Watch Kecak Dance

Kecak Dance is one of the most popular traditional dance in Bali and one of the best place to watch it is in Ubud. This dance is about the legend of Legong and Barong, a dance from the south of Bali, with a story of a never-ending battle between good and evil. It is more commonly known as the fire dance that is set to impress. Watch this dance at its origin at the road to Sanur within Ubud and you will definitely enjoy the authenticity of it.

Visit the art museums

The most important art museum in Ubud among the many here, Neka Art Museum features many traditional paintings. This museum distinct itself with creations of Suteja Neka, a private collector, and dealer of Balinese arts. Opened in 1982, this museum has continued to hold great selections of works from many famous Balinese artists. The other art museum that is worth visiting is the Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA Museum). Here it differed with many cultural activities. It is also home to many well known international Balinese artists. There is also a kafe (cafe) with tea and coffee inside.

Neka Art Museum, Ubud, Bali

Neka Art Museum. Photo by Zenubud from Bali

Visit the temples in and around Ubud

Being the cultural center of Bali, Ubud comes with a number of interesting temples to visit. The two main temples located within the city center is the Pura Taman Saraswati, well known for its lotus-filled pond and Pura Dalem Ubud. Just about 10 minutes drive from the center is the Goa Gajah temple (elephant cave), which main attraction is the carved entrance and the Lord Ganesha (the God with the elephant head) inside. The two other notable temples that you must visit, with just 30 minutes drive away, are the Pura Tirta Empul and Pura Gunung Kawi temples.

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Best Temples in Bali: Pura Tirta Empul

Pura Tirta Empul temple, Ubud. Photo by Christ06

Walk around the Ubud Market

This double story market is located at Jalan Raya Ubud, just around the corner of Jalan Monkey Forest. It has many stalls selling all kinds of items from woodcarvings, batik, sarong, souvenirs and so on. Local tip is to go upstairs to scout for your bargain as the price is usually lower up there, but bear in mind that you would need to hone your haggling skills.

Ubud Market, Bali

Ubud Market, Bali. Photo by Jos Dielis

Take a walk in the Sacred Monkey Forest

Though not exactly what you would expect to do here, the sacred Monkey Forest turns out to be one of the places travelers come to whether out of curiosity or for some good old laugh. Besides being entertained by antics of the monkeys, the area is actually a lush forest with old carved stones that will make a wondrous walk. Just take care of your belongings as the monkeys can be really cheeky!

Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

Sacred Monkey Forest. Photo by D.Meutia

Take up a cooking class in Ubud

Balinese cuisine is well known around the world and most travelers here enjoy the food very much. What could be better than eating them but to learn how to make them? You friends and families back home will definitely love you for it. There are many cooking classes here and some of the famous ones here are Lobong Cooking Class, Payuk Bali Cooking Class or Paon Bali Cooking Class.

Have a Yoga session

If self-pampering is not enough, it is time to rejuvenate yourself with yoga. The classes here are well run by locals and expats alike, and you will have quite a number of choices to choose from. Two of the popular yoga studios are the Yoga Barn and Radiantly Alive. You will be sure to find one that suits your level so don’t worry and enjoy your yoga.

Yoga Hall, Ubud, Bali

Yoga Hall, Ubud, Bali. Photo by Joanna Penn

Relax with spa and/or massage

Ubud is popular for offering good spa and massages at very reasonable prices. You will be spoilt for choice as you go out and walk around, you will bound to find some good ones. These pampering sessions are top notch in true Balinese hospitality, it will leave you feeling like a princess and well rejuvenated from all the constant traveling and heat.

Where to stay in Ubud

Stay in Ubud for culture, nature, arts and markets. Ubud has plenty of places that tourists will enjoy staying at. There’s the Como Shambhala Estate *, which is a health retreat deep in the rainforest. There’s also the Hanging Gardens Ubud *, which has a spectacular view and private pool villas. The Purist Villas & Spa * is another popular place to stay in Ubud, as it’s a stylish boutique villa complete with meal and spa facilities. A popular boutique hotel is Uma by COMO *, which is located on the hillside in Ubud.

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