Are you planning a holiday with friends, family, and kids in Ubud, Bali? If yes, you will wonder about the best things to do in Ubud Bali, an exciting place to see, where to stay, and the best way to get around.
Bahasa Indonesia, Aktivitas Wisata Populer Di Ubud.
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- FAQ About Ubud’s Vacation
- Bali Island Attraction & Activities
- 1. Ayung River Rafting With Sobek
- 2. Tegalalang Rice Terrace
- 3. Campuhan Ridge Walk
- 4. Monkey Forest Ubud
- 5. Puri Saren (Ubud Royal Palace)
- 6. Sobek Ubud Cycling Tour
- 7. Culinary Tour On The Edge of Rice Fields
- 8. Shopping At Ubud Art Market
- 9. Mason Adventure Elephant Safari Ride
- 10. Bali Bird Park
- 11. Bali Zoo
FAQ About Ubud’s Vacation
As one of the Bali activities tour agents, we often asked our customers about going to Ubud. Below is the frequently asked question about Ubud’s vacation.
- What should I not miss in Ubud Bali?
- How many days in Ubud is enough?
- What can you do in Ubud for free?
- What is there to do in Ubud with family?
- The most popular one is, what do you do in Ubud?
As you may see, people ask plenty of questions before visiting Bali. Also, to help our customers find answers in accessible ways, we created an article about the Ubud travel guide on this website. Also, we can’t answer all the above questions on one page. Specifically, this page will answer a question regarding must-visit attractions in Ubud.
Bali Island Attraction & Activities
Furthermore, Bali has become the most popular tourist destination in Asia, visited by Indonesian tourists and international travelers. Bali island has unique art, culture, natural environments, a safe place for a holiday, and a secure society.
You can visit many interesting sights and fun activities to join while on a Bali vacation. However, most travelers have a limited time to travel to Bali. Therefore, not all attractions and activities on Bali island can be visited. Thus, this will create questions for most travelers while visiting Bali. The questions are: Where should I stay, and what activities should I join during a holiday in Bali?
I have previously written a post about Bali’s top favorite holiday destinations to answer the above questions. If you want to know about the list of the most famous holiday destinations in Bali, please click the link below!
On the post of Bali’s most favorite tourist attractions, I have included Ubud on the list. The area is vast and offers plenty of unique attractions and fun activities.
Read More, Top 10 Ubud Romantic Things To Do.
Ubud Tourism General Information
Most people who have visited Bali know about Ubud or have seen it before. Furthermore, Ubud is a village in Gianyar Regency, located in the center of Bali.
For your information, in central Bali, there is no beach. So, if you have a question, does Ubud have beaches? The answer is no! Therefore, you will not find a girl in a bikini and beaches in central Bali. Most white sand beach locations, such as Melasti Beach Ungasan, are in South Bali.
The village is well-known for art, culture, spa, nature, and white water rafting in Bali; thus, if you want to do adventure, you could try Ayung Rafting.
Furthermore, the Bali Rafting Tours at Ayung River are very suitable for families and children. Many travel magazines listed white water rafting on the Ayung River as the best outdoor adventure on things to do in Bali.
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SPA Destinations In ASIA
Also, suppose you love SPA and want to try the famous Balinese massage. In that case, you will find many spas, and it is very easy to get them because plenty of companies provide SPA services in Ubud Bali. Ubud has become one of the SPA destinations in ASIA. From acupressure, reflexology, aromatherapy, and other SPA services quickly found in the area.
Because the village is central to Balinese art and culture, you will find plenty of painters, sculptors, and dancers in the area. So, no wonder there are many art workshops, art galleries, and museums. The most famous museum in Ubud is The Neka Art Museum.
If you want to watch the best Kecak and fire dance in Bali, visit the Uluwatu temple. There is a vast dance stage at the Uluwatu temple’s inner side, with a background facing west to the Indian Ocean. The Uluwatu Kecak and Fire dance starts at 18:00 and continues till 19:00. Therefore, the audience can see the sunset.
Best Way To Get Around Ubud Bali
Furthermore, for those of you who have never had a vacation to Ubud Bali, the chances are that you will ask! What is the best way to get around?
There are plenty of ways to get around in Ubud. However, don’t expect you to get public transportation, except for a meter taxi. Therefore, you will find plenty of meter Taxis around the road, or you can ask the hotel reception to call a meter taxi.
Ride A Scooter
Do you love to ride a scooter? Therefore, you can hire a scooter in this area, the cheapest way to get around in Ubud. Also, finding a scooter parking area is more accessible than finding a car park.
Getting a scooter in Bali is easy; you only need to search on Google and type the keyword Bali scooter rental. The scooter rental rate is usually around IDR 100,000 – IDR 250.000 for 24-hour usage. Please note there is less fuel in the tank. Therefore, immediately fill the fuel tank at a nearby gas station.
Find Here the Ubud Travel Guide.
If you do not want to ride a scooter, you can get a car rental for self-drive or a car rental with a driver in Bali. However, it’s not recommended to self-drive the car to get around the central Ubud area. You must be wondering why.
Please note that the village does not have plenty of car parks, especially in central Ubud, which will make it quite difficult to park your vehicle. Most car parks use the public road, and it is hard to get a single space.
If you do not want to get bothered by parking your vehicle, we recommend hiring a car with a driver. It is your driver’s job to park the car.
In central area, a car park is next to the royal palace or the Monkey Forest car park. Therefore, after you park the car, you need to go around on foot at central Ubud. My favorite things to see in central Ubud include the Saraswati temple, Royal palace, art market, and Monkey Forest.
Read More: What is the best way to get around Bali?
List Of Best Things To Do In Ubud Bali
Furthermore, there are plenty of best things to do in Ubud Bali. This page will give you information on holiday activities and attractions in Ubud.
A list of things to do and places to see in Ubud is not my opinion or copy-paste information from another website. However, our customers’ summaries are the list of places to see and things to do in Ubud. Book a tour package, Bali water sports packages, car rental with a driver, or white water rafting in Bali with us.
As we know, travelers from a particular country have a distinct interest in things to do and activities they want to join during holidays in Ubud Bali. Therefore, I chose only places and activities that favored Singaporean, Indian, and Hong Kong tourists. Below is the list of the best things to do in Ubud Bali.
Hey there! Looking for some fantastic free activities to do in Ubud? Check out the list!
1. Ayung River Rafting With Sobek
For your information, there are two types of water sports loved by Singaporean, Indian, and Hong Kong tourists and there are:
- Bali marine sports game at Tanjung Benoa Beach.
- Bali river rafting tour. The two best locations to have river rafting in Bali are the Telaga Waja River at Karangasem Regency and the Ayung River.
If you love outdoor adventures, Ayung river rafting is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Ubud. Ayung River is the name of a river in Ubud Bali.
To finish Ayung River rafting, you will need 2 hours. During white water rafting at Ayung River, you will see various things, such as waterfalls, rock formations, and riverbanks. You will get a pleasant experience with natural scenery combined with adventure.
Suits First-timers or Beginners
Ayung River suits first-timers or beginners who want to join white water rafting trips. Rafting on the Ayung River is more inclined to be a recreational than a sports event because the Ayung River has a moderately rapid flow.
So, if you are staying at one of the hotels in Ubud and want to join Bali’s fun adventure, you should try the Ayung river rafting trips.
For your information, plenty of river rafting companies are companionable at Ayung River. Two of the best rafting tour companies in Ubud in terms of services are Sobek Rafting and Mason Rafting Ubud.
However, the price of the Bali Sobek rafting at Ayung River is slightly higher than that of other Ayung rafting tour companies, such as Payung rafting. If quality during rafting is what you are looking for, Sobek rafting is the company you should choose.
- Further Detail: Ayung River Rafting Ubud.
- Age Requirement: 7 – 65 Years Old.
- Location: Sobek Rafting’s starting point is at Ayung River on Google Maps.
- Rate: Bali Sobek Rafting Ubud Price.
- Opening hours: 09:00 – 15:00. The best time to rafting is 10:00 am.
2. Tegalalang Rice Terrace
When you plan to visit Ubud Bali for a holiday, you will find some information about things to do in Ubud. When you search the internet for things to see in Ubud, you will see an iconic image of a vast rice terrace. The name of the site is a rice terrace called Tegalalang Rice Terrace.
Besides the Tegalalang rice terrace, another Bali rice terrace popular among travelers is the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace in the Tabanan Regency.
Indian, Malaysian, Philippines, Singaporean, and Hongkong tourists highly favor rice terraces in Tegalalang. Also, the location of Tegalalang rice terraces is in the same direction as Kintamani Bali.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace becomes famous due to its terrace layout. Tegalalang rice terraces have unique scenery with terraced-shaped rice fields with a slope of about 40 degrees angle. The terraced design in Tegalalang is a way of the Balinese traditional irrigation system called Subak.
Many cafes in the Tegalalang rice field area directly access the scenic views of the Tegalalang rice terraces. You can hang out with a light snack and drink while enjoying the rice terrace’s landscape view.
Due to the Tegalalang rice field, the location is in a valley, creating scenic lookouts. Besides seeing the rice terrace scenery at Tegallang rice terrace, there are popular activities among visitors called Bali swing.
The Tegalalang rice terrace’s iconic scenery makes plenty of tourists list Tegalalang rice terraces on their Bali vacation itinerary. With the many tourists visiting the Tegalalang rice fields, I list them as the top things to do and places to see in Ubud.
- Further Detail: All Things You Need to Know About Tegalalang Rice Terrace.
- Opening Hours & Map Location: Tegalalang rice terraces Google Map.
- Best Time To Visit: 08:00 – 09:00 or 16:00 – 17:00.
3. Campuhan Ridge Walk
Are there any free things to do in Ubud that I should not miss? Yes, there is, which is a walk around in the area. Visiting Ubud attractions is not always spending your travel budget.
The village area offers several beautiful walking activities with no expenses. You can step on one of the rural villages, walk through the rice fields, and do a forest walk.
One of Ubud’s most famous walk activities, free of charge, is the Campuhan Ridge Walk on Bukit Campuhan. If translated to English, Bukit Campuhan means Campuhan Hill. It is known as Bukit Cinta / Mountain Of Love among teenagers.
If you ask me why the youth called it the hill of love? For sure, I am not sure of the answer! Perhaps the name given to the mountain of love is Bukit Campuhan, often used as a pre-wedding photo spot.
When you do a Campuhan Ridge Walk, you will see greenery hills with a pathway along the mountain’s top. The well arranges a path on the Campuhan hill called Campuhan Ridge Hill.
Because of Bukit Campuhan Ubud’s beautiful scenery, these make almost every day, especially in the afternoon, Bukit Campuhan bustling with visitors. Most of the visitors will walk on the ridge of the Bukit Campuhan to allow them to see the beauty of the scenery. How about you? Are you interested in Campuhan Ridge Walk? If yes, find out further detailed information below!
- Read More: Campuhan Ridge Walk Guide.
- Location: Bukit Campuhan location on Google Maps.
- Best Time To Visit: 16:00 – 18:00, and most visitors spend up to 2 hours in Campuhan Hill.
4. Monkey Forest Ubud
If you are wondering, what should I not miss in Ubud Bali during vacation? The answer is the Ubud monkey forest. My experience visiting the monkey forest with my family was great, especially for my children.
From my experience visiting the monkey forest in Ubud, we don’t have an annoying encounter. Also, we can see lots of gray monkeys, lush green forests, and a fantastic Balinese Hindu temple called Pura Dalem Padang Tegal. My kids cherished being capable of seeing the monkeys play and sleep.
Considerably Tame Monkey
The monkeys in the monkey forest are tame. However, please don’t attempt to provoke them with food or walk off the designated pathway. Besides, avoid bringing food; you should keep your belongings in your bag, such as sunglasses, cameras, smartphones, hats, and jewelry. Due to the monkeys being considerably naughty, they will attempt to take your belongings.
Park guardians cover all the forest areas. From what I see, the forest guardians always watch visitors who get close to monkeys.
My family and I had a great vacation at the Monkey Forest. So, if you love animals, visiting the monkey forest is one of the best things to do in Ubud during your vacation.
- Find Out More: Monkey Forest Ubud Travel Guide
- Location and Opening Hours: Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Google Map.
- Best Time To Visit, 15:00 – 17:00.
- Admission Cost: Ubud Monkey Forest Entrance Fee.
5. Puri Saren (Ubud Royal Palace)
We decided to visit the central Ubud during my Sunday cycling trips with a friend to Ubud. There are three well-known attractions in the central area: Puri Saren Palace (The King Royal Palace), Saraswati Temple, and the art market. My friend invited me to visit Puri Saren Palace that Sunday morning.
Puri Saren Palace is the residence of Ubud Kings. As you may expect, you will see many great things when you visit the king’s Palace. When we entered the Puri Saren Palace, we saw terrific Balinese architecture, with many carvings and stone statues. When you go to the inner side of the Palace, you will see well-maintained gardens with plenty of artistic carvings, sculptures, and shrines.
The Restricted Area Of Puri Saren Palace
There is a sign that every visitor of Puri Saren Palace needs to be aware of, which is a particular area that is not eligible for visitors to enter. The restricted area is the area where the king lives. On that day, I didn’t enter the restricted area. However, I had previously entered the restricted area because the king had invited me during the photography tour.
As a Balinese who used to see ancient Balinese architecture, understanding the Ubud palace architecture is still an incredible experience. Furthermore, to your knowledge, the entrance fee is not eligible to enter the Ubud Palace, which means it is Free.
- Read More: All Things You Need to Know About Puri Saren Palace.
- Best Time To Visit: 08:00 – 09:00 for less visitors.
- Location and Opening Hours: Puri Sare Palace Location On Google Maps.
6. Sobek Ubud Cycling Tour
Cycling activities in Ubud, for now, are dominated by European tourists. However, the movie Eat, Pray, Love stars a Hollywood artist, Ms. Julia Roberts. Many Indian, Singaporean & Hongkong tourists are interested in joining in bicycle rides in rural areas, especially cycling on the edge of rice fields.
Due to the high demand for bike tours in Ubud, many outdoor activities operators initially only provide Bali rafting activities. Also, give a cycling tour. One of the best companies that offer bike tours in Ubud is Sobek Adventure Cycling Ubud.
- Find out more about Sobek Adventure Cycling’s price.
- The best time to have an Ubud bike tour is at 10:00 am.
- Location The Sobek Cycling tour’s starting point is on Google Maps.
7. Culinary Tour On The Edge of Rice Fields
If you want a romantic dinner on the beach with a sunset view, Bali’s best place is Jimbaran Beach. However, if you want to experience lunch or dinner on the edge of rice fields, Ubud is the place for you.
One of the most famous restaurants to have lunch or dinner surrounded by rice fields is Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant in Ubud. Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant Ubud’s main menu is fried or roasted duck with 3 Balinese chili sauces.
Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant is full of Indonesian and international visitors daily. The Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant Ubud’s main point of interest is the restaurant’s dining layout, which is surrounded by rice fields. If you plan to try to have lunch or dinner at Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant, find out the detailed information below.
- See More: Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant (Instagram).
- Popular Visit Time: 12:00 – 14:00.
- Location and Opening Hours: Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant Ubud on Google Maps.
8. Shopping At Ubud Art Market
There are many shops or stores in Bali where you can buy merchandise; the most famous is the Sukawati Art Market. However, you can go to the Art Market to find a shop or store to purchase Balinese merchandise close to Ubud.
The art market is gaining popularity nowadays because one of the scenes in the movie Eat, Pray, Love takes a shooting spot in the Ubud art market.
Since the film starring Julia Roberts created the Ubud art market, many international tourists have become interested in visiting it. Besides sensing, tourists also buy Balinese souvenirs for friends or family at the Ubud Art market.
- Read More: Ubud Art Market Visitor Guide.
- The Best Time To Visit: 10:00 am.
- Location and Opening Hours: Ubud Art Market location on Google Maps.
9. Mason Adventure Elephant Safari Ride
Taro village is one of the best places to have an elephant safari ride in Bali. The price of an elephant safari ride at Taro Village by Mason Adventure Tours is relatively high for my budget. However, I don’t hesitate to try to have an elephant safari ride at Taro village.
Even though the elephant riding activity at Taro village is quite expensive for me, it is still valuable. I say it’s worth your cash because the gardens are well-groomed, the elephants are very tame and plump, no smell from the elephants, and you can eat a buffet lunch as much as you want.
Most of the visitors at Taro Elephant Safari are international travelers. In contrast, Indonesian visitors mostly come during the holiday season, such as New Year’s.
So how about you? Are you interested in trying the Taro Elephant Safari ride in Ubud? If yes, find out below for further detailed information.
- Read More: Taro Elephant Safari Ride Ubud Price.
- Best Time To Visit: 09:00 am, and most visitors spend up to 4 hours in the park.
- Location and Business Hours: Taro Elephant Safari rides Ubud on Google Maps.
10. Bali Bird Park
One of the best attractions for a family in Bali is Bird Park in Ubud Gianyar. Therefore, most tourists visiting Bali Bird Park are family vacationers with children. Besides your boys’ ability to see various birds, your boys can also feed the birds and watch the bird attraction show.
- Read More: Bali Bird Park Visitor Guide and Online Entrance Ticket.
- Best Time To Visit: 09:00; most visitors spend up to 2.5 hours in the park.
- Location and Business Operations: Bird Park in Ubud location on Google Maps.
11. Bali Zoo
Holidays by visiting family tourist attractions in Bali are a top priority for most tourists on vacation. The average customer who books a car rental service with a driver in Bali that we serve will have a holiday with family and children.
One of the family tourism activities that Indonesian tourists love while on vacation to tourist attractions in Ubud Bali is the Bali Zoo.
In addition to the uniqueness of the Bali Zoo and children’s ability to see various animals, children can also play in the children’s pool, feed animals, and watch bird shows.
- Read More: Bali Zoo Park Visitor Guide and Online Ticket Price.
- Best Time To Visit: 13:00. Most visitors spend up to 2.5 hours in the zoo.
- Location and Opening Hours: Bali Zoo Park location on Google Maps.
Looking for an unforgettable experience in Ubud? Check out our guide on making the most of your day in this beautiful town. Get ready to indulge in the local culture, explore breathtaking scenery, and discover hidden gems that will make your trip truly memorable. Don’t miss out on all the fun – read on to learn more!