Top 10 Things to Do in Ubud

  1. Explore greater Ubud on a customized day tour

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If this is your first time to Bali, make sure you set aside a day to explore Ubud’s highlights like Ubud Market, Monkey Forest and its surrounding villages. This popular itinerary includes a trip up to the Kintamani area for panoramic views, as well as a stop to admire the alluring rice terraces of Tegalalang. History buffs will also appreciate this exclusive hidden temple tour, which gives you privileged access to some of the island’s secret archaeological sites.

2. Go on a Countryside Adventure


Along with white water rafting down the Ayung river, this classic bike tour is one of the must-do’s for a glimpse into the daily life of the locals and scenic vistas inaccessible to those in a car. For the more intrepid amongst you, carve out a day to explore the waterfalls on this canyoning trip or go on an exhilarating ride through the rice paddies on an ATV.

3. Meet a Traditional Balinese Healer or Palm Reader

Most of you have probably heard of American author Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling book “Eat, Pray, Love”. While you may not be searching for your very own guru, a visit to a traditional healer or palm reader remains a deeply meaningful experience regardless of your spiritual beliefs. Speak with one of them about anything from the state of your health to questions about your future and combine this consultation with a spiritual cleansing ritual at a holy spring water temple for a truly magical day on the island.

4. Catch the sunrise from the summit of Mount Batur

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For the best sunrise views of Bali, set your alarm for a morning trek up the slopes of the island’s most active volcano. You’ll marvel at the twinkling stars above you as you make your way up the mountain, and your jaw will drop at the summit once you take in the sweeping views of Lake Batur below. To top off an already amazing experience, your guides will even cook you a breakfast egg in one of the mountain’s steaming fissures. Some say this is touristy, but what’s not to love about a little theatre!

5. Feast Ubud style

Ubud has some of the best babi guling (Balinese suckling pig) and bebek goreng (crispy fried duck) on the island, so don’t miss a stop at some of the popular local restaurants like Ibu Oka and Bebek Tepi Sawah. For more fine-dining options, this mystery culinary adventure is a fun way to sample signature dishes from 4 top restaurants in the area. Alternatively, for a more hands-on experience, take a cooking class with the “Martha Stewart of Ubud” in her home or whip up a homemade feast at this organic farm in Sidemen. Many of our guests say it’s got the best food on the island!


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1 comment

  1. Lisa

    Great article! How about doing artsy stuff in Ubud? Check this out >

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