The destination Ubud which is located on Bali may become more and more touristic, but it is still a special place to be. The beautiful green surroundings, the friendly people the old temples, the great restaurants are what makes Ubud so special! It is a diverse destination with a huge amount things to see and activities to do. Together with my friends from my university I visited Bali for a school assignment. We stayed 5 days in Ubud! These are my experiences and tips for having a great time in Ubud.
It was a real delight to arrive in the beautiful green Ubud after spending our first week in the crowded Seminyak. Ubud is a really relaxed, beautiful and authentic area. It has a lot of cultural and creative places. During our stay in Ubud we stayed in a beautiful Airbnb. In my opinion, Airbnb is the best option for your stay in Ubud, it is very cheap and most of the Airbnb’s are breathtaking. See the possibilities here
Renting a motorbike, Monkey Forest and Pura Tirta Temple.
The first day in Ubud we rented a motorbike and just drove around and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We visited the Monkey Forest (be very careful with your belongings!) These monkeys are no joke, they literally grab everything they can. Just follow the rules on the signs and you will be alright! After visiting the monkey forest we went to the Pura Tirta Temple. This is a beautiful holy water temple. A big tip: follow the entire routine, if you don’t want to mis a good experience! There are a lot of locals who will help you explain the entire routine for a small fee.
Morning Market, Bali Swing and Ridge Walk.
The next day we got up really early! (this is the best way to avoid the crowds) and went to the morning market in Ubud. We really enjoyed this market, you get the most amazing souvenirs for good prices. I bought a beautiful big dreamcatcher (1,50 by 1 meters), we really had a hard time getting this one home!
Tip: You do have to be good at bargaining because they ask really high prices at the market. The Morning Market will not be the cheapest market you are going to visit in Bali. However always be careful with bargaining, for more tips read: How to be a responsible traveler
After the market we went to the Bali Swing and the Ridge Walk. If you want a beautiful picture I would recommend going to the Bali swing, but it is really expensive, it’s around $35 dollar to get in. 2 of our friends went in and had a beautiful picture taken. For me and some other friends this was too expensive and we just waited for them in the restaurant nearby, the restaurant had a stunning view over the rice fields, so this was not not a bad thing at al!
However the Ridge Walk is really amazing and beautiful. You are surrounded with beautiful nature and you feel at peace and in awe of all the beauty Mother Nature has to offer.
Tip: A good time to visit the Ridge Walk is in the early morning or when the sun goes down! You have to take your time and make some good pictures of the beautiful scenery. It can be very hot but it is worth it!
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
High on my bucket list was the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, I had seen so many beautiful pictures of this rice terrace, I had to see it for myself. We went there in the early morning so it wouldn’t be that crowded. The rice terrace is beautiful and we had a lot of fun making pictures. But I have one major tip: please walk further up the rice fields. The locals ask a small fee for every level you go higher up (just give some small money you have). And eventually you have to walk to the top of the rice fields and then just walk over the top till you see no further tourists. We came by a local woman who sold some sodas and she was such a lovely person! We had a small talk with her and she sits there every day together with her child! They built an imitation of the titanic ship where we could take pictures (see the pictures). And when we walked further there were no tourists anymore and it was so beautiful and quiet. Some local people were working and we walked there for an hour just enjoying the quiet and beauty. What an experience!
Tips for Ubud:
At most of these places in Ubud, it can be quite busy in the afternoon. When you get up early, you have these places for yourself and it is also not that hot. With the app maps.me you can find all locations of these sights. You can get taxis everywhere in Ubud, but the easiest and cheapest way to get around is with your own scooter. This can be rented in the center or at your hotel / hostel for about 50,000 IDR / € 3.50 per day. You have maybe heard a lot of scary stories what happens with motorbikes in Ubud, but if you are wearing an helmet, don’t drive to fast and are very careful you can easily do this!