Ubud Travel Guide

Ubud is often described as the heart of Bali. But it’s not because of the picturesque rice fields or the cultural richness. It’s because of the feeling you get when you’re there.

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Location

Located in central Bali, about 1.5 – 2 hrs from Bali Airport.

Ubud

This is one place you should definitely stay when on your Bali Holiday. For at least a few days.ย Theres something about it. It forces you to slow down, look at things differently.

Ubud village is full of restaurants, art gallery’s and museums, spa’s and shops full of local arts and crafts. You’ll walk past temples and wander through markets,ย you can even dabble in yoga. Although it’s still busy, attracts a lot of tourists and has heavy traffic at times, somehow you end up forgetting about this. We stayed in Ubud to minimise travel time, but lot’s of people stay further out, amongst the rice fields, for more peace and quiet. Both options are pretty good.

The Ugly Truth

  • Traffic can be quite congested in the village
  • There are a lot of tourists here

The Silver Lining

  • If you stay in the village, you can walk everywhere so traffic isn’t really a problem.
  • So many cheap spa’s, we got at least one massage each day.
  • The scenery is peacefully beautiful.
  • Lot’s of healthy options (spa’s, teas, food, yoga etc)
  • Tap in to your creative side and learn how to do some of there arts and crafts.

What’s Nearby?

  • Bali Airport is 1.5 – 2 hrs away
  • Sanur is about 1 hr away
  • Padang Bai is about 1.5 – 2 hrs away
  • Kuta/Seminyak/Legian are about 1.5 hrs away

Our Ubud Fieldย Guide

Ubud Field Guide

Our Ubud Field Guide is everything you need to hit the ground running.ย We have put together all our favourite finds from our years of travel to Bali and put them together with our own map of Ubud so you can easily find and experience the best of Ubud.

Find Out More Here.

Ubud Bali Map

Things To Do

There is actually a lot to do here, and a large variety. From spas, restaurants and shops to art gallery’s, museums, and art and craft lessons. From relaxing in the rice fields, to whitewater rafting. There are also lots of tours and day trips available here.

Best For…

  • Spa’s
  • Eating
  • Art gallery’s
  • Museums
  • Learning Balinese art and craft
  • Cooking lessons
  • Yoga
  • Bicycle tours
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Shopping
  • Weddings + Honeymoons
  • Romantic getaways
  • Scenery

Tips from Mandy & Chris

If you want to experience Bali's beautiful scenery, culture and meet the locals, try a bicycle tour through the villages

Accommodation Highlights

See Our Ubud Accommodation Guide Here

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14 Comments

  • Tom says:

    Hi,

    I’m planning on landing at like 9pm and then getting to my hostel in Ubud, do you think this would be a dangerous move? Or really expensive?

    • Hi Tom,
      If you land at 9 pm you may not get out of the airport straight away, then around 1.5 – 2 hrs to get to Ubud. So you might not get there til after midnight. The price should be the same, airport taxi to Ubud is 195,000 IDR. However, this might not be the nicest way to start your holiday, but it’s definitely do-able. The other option would be to stay nearby for the first night or two, in places such as Seminyak, Jimbaran, Kuta, Legian etc.
      Have a great time in Bali, let us know if you have any other questions ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tracy & Della says:

    Hi guys,
    We are planning a 3-4 week stay in Bali next April/May.
    We love the sound of Ubud and we are thinking of basing ourselves there for the duration with side trips to other places on the island during our stay. We are thinking of checking out AirBnB places.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Tracey & Della,
      We love Ubud and it would be great to spend a lot of your time here.
      A few things to think about:
      1. If you stay in Ubud for the entire month and do day trips to other areas, it may take you on average 2hrs or more to get to places like Seminyak, Jimbaran, Uluwatu etc. So if you wanted to go to other areas, perhaps staying 1 – 2 weeks in these areas then spend 2 – 3 weeks in Ubud would cut down driving time and transport costs, and probably be less stressful.
      2. If you plan to spend the majority of your holiday in Ubud, just make sure you pick the location that’s right for you. You can stay in Ubud town, which is busier but also more convenient in terms of getting to restaurants, shops, massages etc. The other option is on the outskirts of Ubud which is more relaxing/tranquil, but you would also need transport to get into the town. If you stay with Airbnb in the outskirts, make sure you have transport available.

      As for Airbnb, I think this would be a great option, especially if you’re staying a bit longer as you can get cheaper weekly rates. You may also have a kitchen to cook and some more space. But again, just check the location, because this will have a huge impact on your holiday if you’re going to be there for a few weeks.

      Hope you have an amazing time in Bali ๐Ÿ™‚
      Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Meghana says:

    I’m planning a vacation for my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary in Bali. I see a lot of ideas for youngsters, but finding a hard time curating something for them on a more relaxed and laid back note. Any help will be greatly appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Meghana,
      There are so many options for all types of travellers in Bali ๐Ÿ™‚ If they want something more relaxed, perhaps staying in a beautiful resort (Bali has so many!) in a couple of locations, so they can relax at the resort or get out and about too. Ubud and Jimbaran would be a nice mixture of beach and natural scenery. We recently stayed at Padma Resort Ubud and that would be a great option. Getting a private driver for the day would also be nice so they can different areas, and they can self-pace it. Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions and hope they have a great trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cali says:

    Hi guys,

    I am looking into Ubud & Seminyak for my honeymoon this November, but I’m concerned about the weather.
    Any thoughts/suggestions about traveling to Bali during “rainy season”?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Cali,
      We are in Bali at the moment and it is rainy season. In 2 weeks, it’s rained 4 times but for half an hour each. We have barely noticed it, otherwise the days are hot and sunny. Having said that, it can rain more, but it can also rain in the dry season. Our last dry season trip it rained every day for a week?! So it can be unpredictable, but I don’t think you should be too concerned about it, when it rains here it doesn’t usually last long.
      Hope this helps and have an amazing honeymoon ๐Ÿ™‚ let us know if you have any other questions…

  • Radz says:

    Hello
    My husband and I are leaving today for Bali ๐Ÿ™‚
    We will be staying 10 days in a villa in Seminyak. We have 5 days remaining where we aren’t sure where we should go. Any suggestions?
    We were thinking 3 days Nusa Dua , 2 days Ubud?
    We wanted to stay longer in Ubud however I have heard due to rainy season we may get confined to our hotel/villa? thoughts?

    • Hi, hope you’re enjoying Bali!

      Nusa Dua is nice for big resorts and as a base, and for less waves at the beach, but if you wanted to stay somewhere else near the beach I would also explore Jimbaran or Uluwatu too, as they have a nice laid back feel with seafood dinners and markets etc.
      You could definitely spend the 5 days in Ubud too. We were in Ubud during rainy season, and over a week, it rained on about 2 days for a couple hours each time. It can of course rain more, or less, it’s a little unpredictable. It has never ‘dampened’ any of our time there though ๐Ÿ˜‰ When it rains, it’s a good time to get a massage!

  • Nat says:

    Hi guys,
    It’s a great blog with great tips, thank you!

    How is Ubud it in terms of the mosquitos? Did you get vaccinations or were you taken the malaria tablest?
    I will be staying in a no con dorm for a week.
    Thanks a mil.
    Nat

    • Hi Nat, thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚
      It’s best to see your doctor before a trip to Bali to just check on the latest advice, but every time we have gone, the best thing to do is use mosquito repellent with DEET and cover up to prevent any bites, I think the biggest risk in Bali is Dengue. We have never been advised to take Malaria tablets in Bali, it’s not usually required but again just check with your doctor first. Have a great trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Patrizia says:

    Hi,

    Your blog is excellent! Do you think is a safe place to travel by single.?

    • Hi Patrizia,
      Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I think travelling solo you need to be careful no matter where you go, but we have personally not had any problems in Bali. As long as you stay in reputable accommodation, use bluebird taxis, and of course all other common sense things when travelling solo, I’m sure you will have a great trip ๐Ÿ™‚

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