If you plan to visit Ubud, here is an overview of the essential information to facilitate the task.
On the island of the Gods, Ubud is a cultural and artistic center. At 40 km north of Denpasar, the city has preserved its soul and its traditions, even if it attracts tourists.
Visiting Ubud is the promise of discovering Balinese dances, sculptures and paintings, while enjoying the wellness places and good restaurants of the city center.
The surrounding countryside offers beautiful rice fields and breathtaking natural sites! It is perfect for a day trip. In short, Ubud is an accessible and exotic destination, ideal to start your trip to Bali.
Practical information to organize your trip to visit Ubud, Bali
Ubud is located in the south of Bali, so it rains less than in the north.
There are two seasons: dry and wet.
The dry season is from May to October, and the wet season from November to April.
The ideal for your trip to Bali is to favor the dry season.
There may be a few drops of rain, but it will still be more pleasant! June and early July are good choices to avoid too many tourists.
Beware of sunburn in the dry season, even when the temperature is mild! And if you choose the wet season, remember to bring clothes accordingly, including a good k-way.
The easiest way to reach Ubud is to fly from Paris to Denpasar, the capital of Bali. The flight lasts between 20 and 30 hours on average, with at least one stopover.
As for prices, they range from 350 to 650 euros, depending on the company and the period.
- Once in Denpasar, you have several choices to get to Ubud:
- for about 20 euros, a cab will take you to town in 45 min.
a little cheaper, VTC: GoJek and Grab. Two applications to find drivers at low rates.
- If you want to be free from the start, I advise you to rent a scooter. It is an ideal way to visit the island and go to the middle of the rice fields. Renting a scooter usually costs 3 to 6 euros per day, but you can negotiate if you rent for a longer period.
Transportation in Ubud, Bali
To visit Ubud and its surroundings, it is better to be able to move easily. I recommend these means of transport, it’s up to you to make your choice:
- Rent a scooter: visit Ubud and Bali at your own pace. Once you rent a scooter, you are free to go wherever you want. If you don’t have an international driver’s license, you can get a temporary tourist license. To do so, contact the police headquarters, Poltabes, in Denpasar. Always remember to bring a helmet and to check if the gas tank is full.
- The bus: for the south of the island. If you need to get around Ubud and Denpasar, you can take the Kura bus. However, it does not go very far and will be insufficient to discover all Bali.
- To get around by cab, you can opt for GoJek or Grab, which connect you with scooter or car drivers. Otherwise, I recommend Blue Bird cabs to avoid street scams, common in Bali.
11 things to do in Ubud, Bali
Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest
The Monkey Forest is both a monumental forest, a sacred space and … the home of many macaques!
The site of the Monkey Forest opens from 8:30 am to 6 pm. It allows you to make a walk or a hike in the middle of the big trees, the temples and the monkeys.
It is also an opportunity to familiarize yourself with Hindu spirituality in Bali. Indeed, it is not uncommon to see processions to the places of worship in the Monkey Forest.
You can simply walk around or take a guide. In any case, be careful with your glasses, that the monkeys tend to try to steal!
I strongly advise you to go for a walk in the middle of the rice terraces. These incredible places, witnesses of the Balinese culture, are really worth the detour.
Moreover, UNESCO has classified them as a world heritage site. Greenery, incredible landscape and superb viewpoints, everything is there! It is a must for your trip to Bali.
You can for example go to the rice field of Jatiluwih, a little over an hour’s drive from Ubud. Otherwise, prefer the one of Tegallalang, 15 min by car and also quite close to the Monkey Forest. The best is to go early to be quiet and enjoy the beauty of the place.
Ubud is a very good place to discover the wonders of Bali. The city is close to many beautiful places, including the Tegenungan waterfall.
What better to do than walk through lush vegetation and swim in natural pools?
The waterfall, 25 meters high, is impressive and can be seen from the lookout at the entrance. Enough to motivate you to go down to it by the stairs… then go back up!
When it’s hot, it’s an ideal stopover! Try to come early to avoid the tourists.
Jalan Raya Ubud and the central market
In Ubud Bali, impossible to miss the market! Located in downtown, it is divided into two parts: food and arts and crafts.
The market dedicated to agricultural products is very popular with the locals, because it is where they buy their daily supplies. If you want to get a glimpse of the local life away from the tourists, you’ll have to get up early! The stalls are set up as early as 4am.
If you want to bring back handmade souvenirs, come around 8am.
where you can discover clothes, jewelry, statues, paintings… Negotiation is a very common practice here, but don’t forget that sales support families: propose a reasonable price
Climbing Mount Batur
Mount Batur is the 2nd highest volcano in Bali. It is an area appreciated by lovers of beautiful landscapes and obviously, the place is rather crowded. I still advise you to make the ascent. The view is really impressive from up there!
The Balinese have quickly sniffed out the potential of this not too difficult, but magnificent climb. Impossible to reach the site without a guide. As scams are common, I advise you to book your hike via safe sites, like those I recommend.
According to me, the best is to climb Mount Batur at sunrise.
leil or even a little before. Remember to bring a warm jacket, as the temperature can be very low at the top.
Campuhan Ridge is a quieter little walk to do!
Very easily accessible by scooter, the path is completely free. It is best to go early in the morning to avoid the heat and the crowds. Visiting a site in Ubud Bali alone is a privilege!
It takes about one to two hours to make the round trip. Along this paved road, the landscape consists of rice fields, jungle and some temples. It is very beautiful and does not require any particular equipment. The path is very flat and well maintained.
Ubud Palace is located in the city center. If you are looking for something to do in Ubud Bali, I think this place is perfect. Ubud Palace is the residence of the royal family. The complex is composed of many buildings. Tourists have access to the front part, gardens and outdoor courtyards.
It is the ideal place to admire the architectural style of Bali. But like many places, Ubud Palace is very crowded. Go in the morning and bring a sarong or rent one on site.
You can also come back in the afternoon. Book a ticket for a dance show in the evening. Honestly, it’s a must-do experience in this beautiful place!
The different temples to visit in Ubud
Visiting temples is simply a must when looking for what to do in Ubud. Remember to bring a sarong, mandatory.
Goa Gajah or elephant cave
There was a temple… but it was destroyed. Nevertheless, I really invite you to make a detour to Goa Gajah. The site is especially known for its cave with a demon-shaped entrance. Inside are statues of Ganesh, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
On your way out of the temple, you can stop by the fountains and splash yourself with their water. It is said to be rejuvenating.
Finally, take one of the paths that lead into the jungle. They lead to a waterfall where more statues are visible.
Pura Taman Kemuda Saraswati
This temple is one of the largest in Ubud Bali. It is located behind a water garden filled with lotus flowers and dedicated to the goddess Saraswati.
Admission is free, but making a small donation is always appreciated. You can access all the rooms except the prayer room. Again, you should visit in the morning. In the evening, you can come back for a traditional dance performance.
A magnificent temple in Ubud Bali! A 30 min drive from downtown, it promises a very nice excursion. In addition, it is not far from some rice fields I told you about.
The temple is divided into three parts. As soon as you enter, you are welcomed by the big door of the Jaba Pura courtyard.
Then you go into Jaba Tengah, the most famous part, with its sacred water pools. The Balinese bathe there and, on their advice, you can do the same.
Finally, the last part named Jeroan is entirely dedicated to prayer and meditation activities.
Gunung Kawi has a double advantage: that of being a temple and in the middle of rice fields.
The entrance of the temple overlooks the rice terraces. Then the path descends
We walk slowly towards a river where there is a mausoleum composed of ten niches. Each one shelters a “candi”, a monumental tomb of 8m high.
It is very beautiful and also a little less crowded than the other temples. It can be a good option if you are looking for something to do in Ubud Bali without getting crowded
Visit Ubud and see a traditional dance show
Bali is very famous for its traditional dances. During your stay in Ubud, I advise you to go and see at least one show.
In Ubud Palace, you can admire the Legong dancers. They tell the story of the Mahabharata, the longest poem in the world. The dancers are dressed in colorful and richly gilded costumes. They are accompanied by gamelan music (percussion). It is very surprising for European eyes and ears, but you have to be carried away by the show.
The Kekak is another traditional dance of Ubud Bali. It is performed by men representing accompanied by their songs. You can see a Kekak show at Padang Tegal.
Finally, still in Ubud Palace, you can admire Barong dances. They represent the cohabitation of good and evil on Earth.
Do a yoga session
Yoga has made Bali famous. Even if you are not particularly adept, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Here are some addresses where you can practice yoga in Ubud Bali:
- Ubud Yoga House: this yoga school is nestled in the heart of the rice fields. Founded by Sheila, it strives to be accessible to beginners…
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