Ubud is rich in beauty and culture making it a fantastic place for any traveler. There is yoga, organic food and shopping everywhere you go. Whether you are hiking up volcanoes, exploring waterfalls, or enjoying the Balinese food; there is no shortage of things to do in Ubud.
Explore the Campuhan Ridge Walk
This walk is easy, beautiful, free and one of our favorite things to do in Ubud! The ridge walk starts behind the Warwick IBAH villas and spa; you can easily walk here from the main streets. The path is about 2 kilometers each way with stunning views the entire way. There is literally zero shade.. so plan to go early in the morning or later in the evening to beat the heat.
Hike Up a Volcano for Sunrise
A Trek Up Mount Batur is one of the most popular and spectacular things to do in Ubud. You get up in the early hours of the morning and hike up to the top of this volcano to watch the sunrise. Expect to pay around 924,000 IDR ($70 USD) which includes transportation, a guide and lunch. Trust me; you do not want to miss these views!
Take a Yoga Class
In Ubud you will find tons of options for yoga classes. Whether you are a beginner or have been practicing for years, there is something for you. Our favorite was the Yoga Barn, offering great classes in a beautiful location. The average price for a yoga class in Bali is around 100,000 IDR ($7.28 USD).
Learn About Balinese Culture on a Downhill Bike Tour
A downhill tour with Green Bike Tours is suitable for all experience and fitness levels. We learned so much about the Balinese culture and the rice fields are breathtaking. You start the morning off at the famous Tegallalang rice terraces, followed by a coffee plantation visit. Here you sample many types of coffee and tea along with pancakes. Next you bike to a local family’s home to learn about their way of life. Part of the fee you pay for the tour goes to this family which we loved! You spend the day biking through villages and rice fields finishing off with a delicious meal at a beautiful hotel with a view! The price is IDR 500,000 ($37 USD) and that includes transportation and lunch.
Try Something New at The Green Village
The Green Village is a very cool community built of bamboo with the goal of self-sustainability. Take a tour of the unique buildings or sign up for a workshop. Options range from learning how to build bamboo structures to building and playing a traditional Balinese bamboo instrument.
Eat Local Food at Biah Biah
Experiencing Balinese food was one of our favorite things to do in Ubud. Biah Biah is a tapas style restaurant allowing you to try many different local dishes in one meal. The portions are perfect, the atmosphere is charming, and the prices are unbeatable!
Explore Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Located 30 kilometers north west of Ubud you will find one of the most unique waterfalls in Bali. This waterfall is less touristy than others close by and truly stunning! The river can be viewed from the top of the cliff but to see the falls you will need to trek down a few hundred steps into the cave.
Swim in The Infinity Pool at The Munduk Moding Plantation
The Munduk Moding Plantation is about 1.5 hours north of Ubud. This resort is absolutely breathtaking and well worth the drive. The infinity pool offers unbelievable views from the jungle down to the ocean and some of the rooms even offer a private pool. If you book in advance you can stay for a reasonable price (around $150 USD/night). If you wait too long to book or don’t have the budget to stay , you can stop in for lunch to enjoy the view and some fantastic food.
Go Shopping at the Local Markets
The streets of Ubud are lined with local stalls and shops. You can find a variety of spices, coffee and tea, household items, and food. You can also shop for all sorts of clothing, local artwork, and pretty much anything else you can think of! Remember to offer 50-60% of the initial price when haggling with the shop owners.
Drive a Motorbike
Although many people find it intimidating, driving a motorbike was one of the best experiences we had in Bali. Its a great way to get around because you aren’t limited in where you can go and it is certainly the cheapest way to travel. You drive through beautiful rice fields, amazing small towns and places you would never know about if you didn’t have a bike to get there. For more information, check out our blog post on Renting a Motorbike in Bali.
Overall Ubud has so many amazing things to see and do. If there is one thing we think you can probably skip.. it`d be the Sacred Monkey Forest.
The Sacred Monkey Forest
This is rated very well online but in our opinion it was the least interesting thing we did in Bali. If you have seen the monkeys anywhere else in Asia you can probably skip this one altogether. It costs 50,000 IDR ($3.75 USD) to get in and you can buy fruit and snacks to feed the monkeys. They are very aggressive; we even saw one monkey steal a lady’s flip flop right off her foot! If you do decide to visit tuck away any valuables, food, water bottles, sunglasses, etc.