When visiting Bali, Ubud is on most people’s itinerary as its become a center for relaxation and healthy living (anyone seen Eat Pray Love?!). There is tons to do and see in Ubud and most involve taking it slow so you can take in everything Ubud has to offer. From its lush green rice terraces to its endless smoothie bowls, Ubud is not to be missed!
Here are 10 of my favorite things to do while in Ubud.
1 – Visit the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest
If you’re an animal lover like me, then this will be at the top of your list! This protected forest is home to tons of monkeys that are just waiting for you to feed them bananas. You’ll get to see these banana-lovers up close and even interact with them. Be warned that they are known to steal your loose items including sunglasses, hats, cell phones and even items in your pockets.
2 – Stay at a Luxury Resort
Ubud is home to some of the most stunning resorts in Bali, many of which you’ve probably already seen all over Pinterest or Instagram. Think infinity pools surrounded by lush jungles and incredible breakfast spreads – the perfect way to get your relaxation on.
3 – Get your Smoothie Bowl Fix
Smoothie bowls in Bali are like croissants in Paris… they’re everywhere! Ubud has no shortage of healthy cafes with delicious vegan options.
You’ll find fresh, locally sourced ingredients like dragon fruit – one of my favorites!
4 – Take a Yoga Class
Ubud has become somewhat of a yoga mecca and there is no shortage of yoga studios all over. Whether you’re a beginner or enthusiast, Ubud is the ultimate place to namaste.
5 – Stroll the Rice Terraces
If you’ve ever received a postcard from Bali, it’s probably featured the famed rice terraces of Ubud. The Tegalalang rice terraces are the most well-known because.. they’re stunning! They can get rather busy with tourists looking for photo ops so I would recommend visiting in the early morning or just before sunset – the lighting is magical at this time as well!
6 – Spend a Day at Jungle Fish
Looking to spend the day poolside at a luxury resort but on a budget? Jungle Fish is the spot for you! Read all about how to spend the day at this ‘no-beach’ beach club here.
7 – Go Shopping
Check out the Ubud Markets and bring home a few Balinese items to remember your trip or gift to family and friends.
8 – Splash in the Tegenungan Waterfall
Similar to the Tegalalang rice terraces, this waterfall has become a popular spot to visit in Ubud. While it can get busy, its still breathtaking. I’d recommend going early in the morning or just before sunset to avoid the crowds.
9 – Relax with a Massage
What better way to relax that to get a massage? Ubud had some of the cheapest massage prices that I’d seen in Bali and some of the best massages. Enjoy!
10 – Try Traditional Balinese Food
You can’t miss trying the local food while in Bali. Try a chicken sate, nasi goreng or nasi campur from one of the many warungs.