This town and tourist hotspot is full of interesting markets, palaces, jungles, and temples to see, and of course lots of great cafes, restaurants, and comfy luxury hotels. Ubud is located in the highlands of the Gianyar regency, in the heart of Bali, Indonesia. It’s about 40 kilometers north of the Bali airport, which is approximately 1 hour drive. The main Ubud tourist area is concentrated near the Ubud town center, which is packed with hotels, restaurants, markets, activities, and attractions
Monkey Forest also called The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is one of Bali’s most popular tourist attractions and an absolute must-see when visiting Ubud. While Ubud is also a touristy location and usually very crowded it’s still worth it to spend an afternoon here and get to know the area. Almost 600 monkeys live at the Bali monkey forest! This is a 12 hectare (30 acre) jungle area surrounding an old 14th century Hindu temple, located in the heart of Ubud. It’s fun, family friendly, and affordable, and you get to interact with the animals in a more natural setting than a zoo.
Just up the street from Dewangga Ubud, you’ll find the Ubud art market.It’s full of interesting handmade souvenirs like wood carvings, paintings, coconut bowls, rattan hats and bags, and everything else you can imagine.Feel free to haggle for lower prices, because some of the sellers here start a bit on the high side.
The Ubud Palace is an old building complex in Bali with some fantastic carvings and courtyards. Also known as Puri Saren Agung, this is an important historical landmark for the Balinese and it’s also very accessible, with some great spots for taking ‘Bali-esque’ cultural photos. The Ubud Royal Palace is a great place to visit in combination with the Ubud market and town center attractions like Saraswati Temple.
The Tegalalang rice terrace is a long-time icon of Bali scenery and culture, with its famous green rice fields and slopes in the jungle. Sadly that also means the place is getting more crowded and it was partly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s still one of the most interesting rice paddies Bali has to offer, and if you come here in the right month, it’s one of the brightest shades of green you’ll ever see!
The Campuhan Ridge is the best known Ubud trek in Ubud—it’s one of the only places to escape from traffic. The sparse crowds and the aesthetically rich vistas remind one of why people from around the world come to Bali. The trail starts at the historical origin of Ubud, the confluence (or Campuhan) of the Wos Rivers.
Another pleasant walk is on a flat path through the rice fields towards Sari Organik farm and restaurant.
Sari Organik has now closed, but there are lots of other cafes along the way where you can enjoy a drink or meal with a view. Try Cafe Pomegranate, Dragonfly Cafe, or Joglo Organik.
Ubud is famous for its traditional dance performances. Around 60 sarong-clad men provide the soundtrack of haunting chants, while dancers recreate a story from the Ramayana. he Kecak performance takes place every Monday night at 7 pm at the temple in Junjungan village on Jalan Tirta Tawar. Tickets cost 75,000 IDR ($5.50).