Ubud is a city on the Indonesian island of Bali. Just one hour from the airport, Ubud is surrounded by tropical rainforests, rice terraces, and Hindu temples. It is also considered to be the cultural centre of the island, full of artistic creations, craftsmen and traditional dances.
Campuhan Ridge Walk
If you need a walk in nature, this path can be a perfect choice. It is just 5 minutes away from downtown and the access is free of charge. You can go on a few minutes or an hour walk, depending on how much you like the scenery and if you in a hurry.
We came here at sunset because that was when we had time, but it turned out to be perfect. If you arrive at lunchtime you may have a problem with the sun that will make its presence known. Especially that the path only has a few trees to keep you shadow.
The landscape is incredibly beautiful, a sea of green and fresh air, perfect place to get escape from the city’s agitation.
Entry Fee: Free
Tegallalang Rice Terrace
These terraces are one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bali. Although the road to them does not announce anything impressive, once we get there, we understand perfectly why they are so famous. Rice is planted in terraces, a traditional irrigation system in Bali since the eighth century.
We visited at the end of December and we did not enjoy terraces at their maximum potential. Many terraces were already harvested or ready to be harvested. So if you want to see green and uniform rice, you have to be lucky.
When we arrived we paid a tax directly on the sidewalk once we got off the scooter. You will also meet a lot of small merchants willing to sell souvenirs and farmers who will insist for a passage fee. But enjoy the scenery regardless of the small impediments.
Entry Cost: 15,000 IDR / person
Ubud Royal Palace (Puri Saren Ubud)
This traditional city is home to one of the royal families in Bali. So you will find the main objectives in the city center. The palace is about 200 years old and you will be able to admire the traditional architecture that is still preserved by the heirs. Here you can also buy a ticket to see the traditional Balinese dances.
Only the front of the palace is accessible to visitors, but you can walk and take pictures freely.
Entry Fee: Free
On the same main street as the Royal Palace is the beautiful water temple, Pura Taman Saraswati. Balinese architecture and ponds filled with lotus pink flowers make this temple one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Ubud. After 19:30, traditional dances take place here.
Entry Fee: Free
Just 6 km from Ubud is the Goa Gajah, one of the most impressive archaeological sites of the island. The most important part of the temple is the Elephant Cave, inside of which there are three stone idols. The complex is built at the confluence of two springs and is therefore considered sacred and a perfect place for meditation and prayer.
As in all the temples of Bali, you have to wear a sarong and have your shoulders covered. But you do not have to buy one because you can find it for rent at the entrance. Also, women who are during their period are not allowed to enter the temples.
Entry Fee: 15,000 IDR / adult & 7,500 IDR / child
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Ubud
This sanctuary is the perfect place to admire the monkeys in their natural environment, the forest is located near the city center. You will be able to admire the grey long-tailed monkeys swing among the trees and eat bananas. The cute paved paths between nutmeg trees, ancient temples, and guardians statues covered with raw green muscles.
Pay attention to phones, sunglasses and everything that shines. It is not advisable to laugh/smile with your teeth because monkeys can interpret this as a challenge to fight. And it would be advisable not to have food at you. But there will be enough signs at the entrance so you will not forget these things.
Entry Fee: 40,000 IDR/adult & 30,000 IDR/child
Open daily, the downtown market is just across the road from the Royal Palace. You can find everything you want at great prices, and most of the things are done by locals. Craft products, statues, scarves, hand-woven bags, and clothing are among the things you can find here.
Do not hesitate to negotiate, in this country the negotiating is an art and you will not offend the locals if you do. Especially as you as a tourist will pay anyway much more than a local. If you are the first or last customer, you will be able to negotiate the most, due to local traditions. (sellers think you will bring then good luck). So if you want to be sure you get the lowest prices, arrive at the market in the morning.