Situated in the heart of Bali, Ubud is considered Bali’s cultural hub and it’s not hard to see why. Away from the fancy beach resorts that surround the coast, Ubud is still very much inhabited by locals. Ubud is oozing with fun things to do, so here’s my pick of the best activities for you to make the most of your time here.
1. Monkey Forest
Take a walk through monkey forrest if you dare entry is 50,000 IDR. Keep your wits about you, the monkeys can and will bite if they want to. Don’t bring in any food and keep valuables like camera’s attached to you, these creatures are cute but very very greedy.
2. Visit Elephant Cave
What makes this place so interesting is that it is both a Buddhist and Hindu temple. Despite it’s name you won’t find any elephants here, what you will see is intricate patterns and scary demons carved into the rock faces. It is an interesting place to see if you’re interested in history and religion as this temple dates back to the 11th century.
3. Luwak Coffee Tour and Tasting
Did you know that Luwak Coffee is the most expensive coffee in the world? That’s because of it’s unique process in being made ( Luwak’s which are small weasel like animals eat the coffee beans, digest them and yep, poop them out). It’s not as disgusting as it sounds and the coffee is actually amazing and considering this is free, it’s a great experience. Aswell as an informative tour you also get a variety of different flavoured teas and coffees that they make on site to taste at the end of your tour and you get to sit and enjoy your beverages with a breathtaking view of the rice terraces in front of you.
4. Tegallalang Rice paddies
You can’t come to Ubud without going to witness the rice paddies. Tegallalang is the most famous one because its stunning terraces that make it look like a stairway. You can enjoy a coffee facing the rice terraces in one of the cafes overlooking the rice paddies.
5. Chase Waterfalls
You will find the most amazing waterfalls in the surrounding area of Ubud. Tegnegugan is probably the most well known, however it is really crowded and during the rainy season the water is brown and murky looking. There are many many other waterfalls in the North of Bali that you can go visit, some of them are hard to reach and will require you to source a guide to help you find them. Sekumpul, Munduk, Git Git and Tuckad Cepung just to name a few, can be reached just a scooter ride away from central Ubud.
6. Hike Mount Batur
We hiked this in the early hours of the morning to watch the sunrise and it was absolutely worth the 1.30am alarm to make it there. The walk takes about 2 hours to the summit and gets very steep at points but I would say that anyone with reasonable fitness levels could manage this with no problems. Your guide will supply torches and usually a snack to eat at the top. This cost us 300,000 IDR each and it was an unforgettable experience that I would recommend you do while in Ubud.
7. Chill out at Jungle Fish
Spend the day chilling out at Ubud’s no-beach beach club in the heart of the jungle. If you’re backpacking like us, it will give you a taste of luxury and it has a beautiful infinity pool that looks out over the thick jungle canopy… amazing!
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