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Nearly a two-hour drive from Bali’s popular beach hangouts of Canggu and Seminyak lies the central, jungle escape of Ubud. Apart from the lush landscapes, Ubud is known as Bali’s center of arts, tradition, and culture. Surrounded by rice terraces and jungle, Ubud’s natural and cultural beauty create for a rejuvenating and relaxing experience.
What to Do & See in Ubud, Bali
1. Campuhan Ridge Walk at Sunset –
Take in the sweeping jungle views along this trail in the middle of Ubud. For the ultimate nature walk experience, go during sunset or sunrise.
2. Tegallalang Rice Terrace & Tegenungan Waterfall –
Just north of Ubud’s center are the renowned rice terraces in Tegallalang village. It’s the perfect way to spend a peaceful morning in Ubud. Next stop, the dramatic Tegenungan Waterfall for an easy nature trek and swim. I highly recommend visiting both prior to 10 AM to avoid the crowds.
3. Spa Day –
Treat your mind and body to a day of rest and relaxation. Spend the day at one of Ubud’s day spas for a series of revitalizing treatments. I recommend looking into the spas at one of the area’s luxury hotels or resorts, even here the prices are very reasonable for a five-star service.
4. Shopping in Ubud’s Center –
Take advantage of the array of handcrafted gold and silver jewelry, unique textiles, art markets, boutique clothing stores, and eco-friendly yoga wear.
My favorites to find Ubud’s shopping treasures are:
Jalan Rayan Ubud Shopping Street – Main shopping street that includes art, fashion boutiques, and jewelry shops.
Pasar Seni Ubud – Uncover local crafts at the main art market in Ubud, like silk scarves, paintings, and handwoven bags.
5. Bali Swing –
Although a tourist hotspot, this exhilarating jungle swing is nonetheless a fun stopover and a great photo op.
6. Monkey Forest & Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple –
A habitat for the Balineselong-tailedd monkey, this sanctuary is both a spiritual and educational conservation center. This is not only a place for animal lovers, but the sanctuary is also home to the stunning Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple, providing a clear integration of nature and spirituality. Though, before entering the monkey forest, it is important to be aware of the dos and don’ts, as the monkeys are still wild animals and there is no barricade between visitors and these cute creatures.
What to Know Before Entering the Monkey Forest in Ubud
Wear an appropriate dress that covers your shoulders and knees if you wish to visit the temple. If a monkey jumps on you remain calm, trying to swat them away can encourage aggression. Do not make eye contact or show teeth, the monkeys consider this a sign of aggression. Withstand from bringing food, bottles, or plastic bags into the monkey forest, as the monkeys get very aggressive.
7. Goa Gajah –
Also known as Elephant Cave, this historical and spiritual site dates back to the 11th Century. Serving both as a meditation sanctuary and tourist attraction, the grounds include meditational caves, bathing pools, and fountains, and rock wall carvings. Remember to come dressed appropriately, as this is a place of worship.
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