Ubud is often described as the cultural heart of Bali. It’s common to see a Balinese ceremony during your time in Ubud, which is a special experience to have. Ubud village itself can be quite busy but surrounding Ubud you will find beautiful green seas of rice fields.
This is one place you should definitely stay when on your Bali holiday. For at least a few days. There’s something about it. It forces you to slow down, look at things differently. Ubud village may be quite touristy but that’s exactly why I think a day trip doesn’t do it justice. It’s in the evening or early morning when you get to really see Ubud. And if you stay in the beautiful surrounds of Ubud you will have all the peace you need.
Ubud village is full of restaurants, yoga studios, spa’s and shops. You’ll walk past temples and wander through markets. Although it’s still busy, attracts a lot of tourists and has heavy traffic at times, somehow you end up forgetting about this. The food here ranges from local warungs to fine dining, with a lot of vegetarian and vegan options.
There are so many things to do in Ubud. From getting a massage, eating, doing a cooking lesson, shopping, visiting an art gallery or learning some local arts and crafts. The local Ubud market is also excellent. From walking through the rice fields, to whitewater rafting. There are also lots of tours and day trips available here. If you want to experience Bali’s beautiful scenery, culture and meet the locals, try a bicycle tour through the villages.
From Ubud you can hire a private driver and explore surrounding areas, including rice fields, waterfalls, Bedugal, Beratan Lake, Pura Ulun Danu Beratan Temple and Munduk.
FEEL // Healthy, Nature, Cultural.
BEST FOR // Rice fields, Scenery, Yoga, Food, Boutique Shops, Spas, Art Galleries, Learning Balinese art and craft.
LOCATION // Located in central Bali.
GET THERE // Ubud is about 1.5 – 2 hours from the airport, depending on traffic. You can get a taxi from the official airport stand at the airport when you arrive, or arrange a transfer with your hotel. If you’re coming from another area in Bali, you can take a taxi or a private driver if you want to stop off along the way.
GET AROUND // The best way to get around Ubud is by walking. If you want to go further outside Ubud you can use the local village transport service (make sure to arrange a price beforehand) or hire a private driver for a half day or full day. If you’re staying at a hotel surrounding Ubud, they may offer a free shuttle service into the village.
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 spas. The scenery is peacefully beautiful. Lot’s of healthy options (spa’s, teas, food, yoga etc). Full of culture.
ACCOMMODATION // Luxury, mid-range and budget accommodation options. Read More.
TYPE OF HOLIDAY // Fun, Friends, Family, Couples, Luxury, Romantic, Weddings, Honeymoons
READ MORE // Find all of our Ubud Blog Posts here.