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Best Things to Do in Ubud

Ubud offers a welcome respite from the crazy pace of Seminyak, Kuta and Legian with the main attraction being its serene, low-key vibe. Even though this is a perfect place to relax and do nothing, there is plenty to do and see here if you wish. We have explored the area and listed down our top picks that we think you should not miss:

1) Do the Campuhan Ridge Walk and chill at Karsa Kafe

Starting off the list is the Campuhan Ridge walk! It is a beautiful paved walk with scenery of greenery and hills and is one of the top attractions in Ubud. Since there is little shelter, be sure to begin your day as early as possible so as to avoid the mid-day sun and enjoy a cooler walk.

Continue walking till you reach Karsa Kafe, which is a lovely cafe for you to rest and enjoy views of the rice fields. It should take around half an hour to walk to this area (more if you can’t stop snapping the beautiful sights). At this point, spend as much time as possible to take in the sights while you enjoy a refreshing drink in their open-air huts, surrounded by water filled with fishes and lotus flowers!

After enough rest, it’s time to walk back the same route and move on to the next item on the list!

Best things to do in Ubud - Campuhan Ridge Walk
by Betrand P via Flickr
Karsa Kafe
via Nomad’er the Distance

2) Go through the Monkey Forest

The Ubud Monkey Forest houses five different groups of monkeys within the sanctuary and is considered a tourist hotspot. You can either explore the forest on your own or join one of the many guided tours offered in Ubud. Tickets are currently priced at IDR 80k for adults and IDR 60k for children, and the forest is opened daily from 8:30am to 6pm.

Make sure you travel light because those mischievous monkeys will snatch your sunglasses and belongings when you are not looking! If you encounter any aggressive monkeys, don’t look them in the eyes and just back away slowly. There will also be vendors selling bananas so that you can feed those monkeys if you desire.

All in all, a great experience but just be careful!

Best things to do in Ubud - Monkey Forest
Monkey Forest
Monkey Forest (Monkeys)
via Terrace At Kuta

3) Catch a yoga class

Ubud is renowned for its beautiful serene nature and has attracted many yoga studios to be set up here. Go ahead and catch a yoga class while you are here in one of the many yoga studios such as Yoga Barn and Intuitive Flow. Even if you have never done Yoga before, this is the perfect place to pick it up!

Best things to do in Ubud - Yoga Barn
Yoga Barn
Intuitive Flow Yoga
Intuitive Flow

4) Learn a new skill

Pick up a new skill while you are in Ubud!

Fancy learning how to cook some of the amazing Balinese food?
Go for one of the cooking lessons held by Casa Luna Cooking School!

Or does making your own jewellery sound interesting to you?
Head for a silver making class held by Studio Perak!

There are many more classes waiting for you to be explored!

Best things to do in Ubud - Casa Luna cooking class
Casa Luna Cooking School
Studio Perak
Studio Perak (via The Curious Studio)

5) See the Tegalalang Rice Terrace

If you have time for only one rice terrace to be seen, head for the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. The layered terraces are absolutely stunning and you definitely want to have it as part of your picture memories. There are plenty of great vantage points for snapping the perfect shot and many great areas to be photographed.

The only caveat is that it is located outside the heart of Ubud, which means you need transport to get there. You can hop on a scooter for a 30 minutes ride or join one of the guided tours. Try to avoid going in the mid-day as you will be exposed to the weather!

Best things to do in Ubud - Tegallalang Rice Terrace
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tegallalang Rice Terrace Overhead
via Salt in our Hair

6) Dine with a view

Ubud has become an epicentre for culinary greatness with many world-renowned restaurants setting up shop here. Coupled with the incredible greenery, you are in for a great time with good food and even better sights! Enjoy a lovely meal in one of the many restaurants that provide amazing views such as La View, which has a bird nest-like enclave, and Sari Organik, which serves great-tasting organic food.

For even more awesome dining options, check out our guide on the Best Restaurants in Ubud!

La View, Kedewatan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571
Sari Organik, Jl. Subak Sok Wayah, Tjampuhan, Ubud, Bali 80571

Best Restaurants in Ubud - Sari Organik
Sari Organik (by Michael R Cruz)
Best Restaurants in Ubud - La View
via Kupu Kupu Barong

7) Visit an art gallery

Visit one of the many art galleries in Ubud that showcases the artistic side of the district!

The Agung Rai Museum of Art houses a collection that ranges from traditional to contemporary and also has Batuan masterpieces from 1930s to 1940s on display. More than just preservation of the artworks, there are also programs and effort to help people learn more about Bali’s unique cultural heritage.

The Blanco Renaissance Museum showcases the late maestro Don Antonio Blanco’s artworks and is located at his own private mansion. He was fascinated by the female body and many paintings on display explicitly shows that. Note that there is an Erotic Room that has a minimum age limit of 17 years old to enter as it displays a large collection of paintings featuring the elegance of male and female body in the chamber.

Best things to do in Ubud - Agung Rai Museum of Art
Agung Rai Museum of Art
Blanco Renaissance Museum
Blanco Renaissance Museum

8) Try the coffee at Seniman Coffee Studio

Do not miss the chance to taste the coffee at Seniman Coffee Studio! Arguably the best coffee shop in Ubud, Seniman Coffee Studio offers multiple brew methods with a great selection of beans. You might have to wait a while to get a table as it tends to get crowded. But trust us, it is definitely worth the wait!

As a bonus, the famous Hujan Locale is located just a few steps away so you can kill two birds with one stone!

Seniman Coffee Studio, Jl. Sri Wedari No.5, Banjar Taman Kelod, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561

Best things to do in Ubud - Seniman Coffee Studio
via Sling Adventures
Seniman Coffee Studio Sign
via Sprudge

9) Get active with white water rafting + ATV ride

Ready for some adrenaline rush? Get active with white water rafting in the Ayung river or ATV riding in the forest!

There are many day packages that include both activities with transport from your accommodation so it is very easy to book one after you reach Ubud. Both offers great scenic rides and we definitely recommend the experience if you have the time!

Get wet, get muddy and have fun!

Best things to do in Ubud - White water rafting
White Water Rafting
ATV ride

10) Find Tegenungan Waterfall and relax at D’TUKAD River Club

Tegenungan Waterfall is 20 minutes away from the Ubud centre and takes a bit of exploring in order to find it. But once there, you will be treated to a great phototaking opportunity that is perfect for your Instagram! The waterfall backdrop is absolutely gorgeous and is a sight to behold! Don’t be worried if you see signs stating “Blangsinga Waterfall”, as they are the same thing!

After that, head on over to the nearby D’TUKAD River Club to chill by the pool and sip some cocktails! There is even a swing and treehouse for even more IG snaps!

D’TUKAD River Club, Desa Wisata Blangsinga, Saba, Blahbatuh, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80581

Best things to do in Ubud - Tegenungan Waterfall
Tegenungan Waterfall (via Swedish Nomad)
D'TUKAD River Club
D'TUKAD River Club

With so many exciting activies and places to explore in Ubud, what are you waiting for?
If you need more information on Ubud, check out the following guides!

Best Places to Stay in Ubud
Best Restaurants in Ubud

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