One of Bali’s most famous cities, Ubud is the true zen of Bali. Literally located in the jungle with gorgeous scenery, it’s the center for crafts, yoga, rice paddies, Hindu temples and shrines. It’s definitely a MUST see on our Bali list, if you’re going for the first time.
How To Get Around…
Driver: There’s no easy way around Bali, unless you hire a driver. If you’re looking for a reliable, affordable, safe driver, Mr. Agus Yudi is your man! He’s by far the BEST driver we’ve had in the many months we’ve spent exploring Bali and his english is GREAT! Contact information on photo below:
Scooter: The most popular mode of transportaiotn in Ubud and all of Bali. You can rent one for $5-7USD per day. NOTE: PLEASE be careful on these scooters as I’ve personally met people who’s brakes have gone out and crashed, breaking countless bones and ending up in the hospital. Do get travel insurance prior to coming (as you should for any trip).
Where To Stay…
A 5 star resort with impeccable service, accommodation, food, spa, pool…everything is DIVINE. The ENTIRE staff even came and sang to me at my villa for my birthday.If you’re not on a budget, then this is your place. Kamandalu has it’s own ‘yoga house’…a perfect little building surrounded by glass doors that open and let in the sounds of the jungle while you move through a vinyasa flow…it’s magical! Be sure to get the private pool villa, you won’t be disappointed!
Papa di Ume Resort and Spa:
With views of rice terraces and a short walk from the city center, this is the best mid-range hotel in Ubud.
What To Do…
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Time At Attraction: 1.5+ Hours
Located in the heart of Ubud, this is THE place to purchase souvenirs, art and random items. Be sure to BARGAIN A LOT! Sellers will try to take advantage of you, as they know you are a tourist. My trick is to counter offer their price by 1/3 and attempt to walk away…you’ll totally get the deal!
Tegalanag Rice Terraces:
Cost: $5,000IDR ($0.37USD) per vehicle, $15,000IDR ($1.12USD) per person for entry Note: bring small change for those asking for donations
Hours: Open 24 Hours, Cafes Open 9am-6pm
To enter the Tegalalang rice field, you need to pay IDR 15.000 / person, that you need to pay before your enter the site. Also, you are require paying car parking fee, IDR 5.000 / one car
Time At Attraction: 2+ Hours
Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one Bali’s most famous tourist attractions. Located just 30 minutes north from Ubud, it’s an absolute MUST see!
Note: Wear proper footwear and athletic clothing if you plan to hike around. Also bring water, sunscreen, a hat and some snacks.
Tanah Lot Temple:
Cost: Adult $60,000IDR ($4.50USD), Child $30,000 ($2.24USD)
Time At Attraction: 1-2Hrs
A one hour journey from Ubud, this is one of the most iconic temples of Bali, as it’s situated on tope of a large black rock. At high tides, the access to the temple is not possible, as it’s surrounded by water. Be sure to catch it at sunset for epic pics!
Mount Batur Sunrise Trek-Bali Trekking Tour:
Hours: Moderate trek, 4 hours return
Time At Attraction: 8+ Hours roundtrip
Mount Batur is an active volcano with the best views being from the top. The sunrise trek is the most well known, although you’ll be getting up VERY early! At the top, be sure to have breakfast cooked by the steam from the volcano. From Ubud, Mount Batur is a 1.5 hour drive, so, in order to catch sunrise, you’ll have to be picked up by 2:30am. It’s best to hire a company to help you get there.
Cost: $10,000IDR ($0.75USD)
Time At Attraction: 1+ Hour
Located 30 minutes south of Ubud, this waterfall is really gorgeous after hiking through jungle like scenery. Be sure to bring your swimsuit and go for a dip after climbing lots of step!
NOTE: Be sure to wear proper footwear, as you’ll be climbing a lot of steps. If you’re pressed for time, skip this attraction.
Sacred Monkey Forest:
Cost: Adult $40,000IDR ($3USD), Child $30,000 ($2.25USD)
Time At Attraction: 1-2 Hours
A beautiful, lush atmosphere with temples and monkeys everywhere! Be VERY careful of your belongings, as the monkeys are quite mischievous!
Where To Eat…
The original specialist coffee boutique in Bali, serving coffee from all over Indonesia.
The ever-so-posh ‘Mosaic’ is definitely a special occasion meal. Get the Grand Menu: an 8 course set menu…YUM!
Fair Warung Bale by the Fair Future Foundation:
This restaurant not only has awesome, inexpensive food, but it also supports a great cause, supporting a foundation that provides free medical care. It’s not to be missed!
Melting Wok Warung:
Cheap, delicious food. Try to go at non-peak hours, as they are busy!
If you’re wanting to get some ink done while visiting Bali, then there is NO better place or talented artist than Tika at ‘Get Inked At Bali Ink.’ Josh and I were both SUPER impressed with the studio, it’s cleanliness, and Tika’s amazing talent.
Things To Note…
The current in Indonesia is the rupiah.
Be sure to bring along a sarong/cover up to enter temples.
Negotiate when purchasing items/souvenirs from street vendors.