Exploring Ubud - Guide to Ubud, Bali
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Surrounded by mystical forest, Ubud is Bali’s artistic and cultural heart.
Colourful Balinese ceremonies are a part of everyday life here and the most beautiful temples lie around every corner.
The local art scene is thriving. From ceramics to silverware to hand-woven textiles, this is your place for high-quality souvenirs.
It’s also Bali’s No. 1 yoga and wellness destination. Yoga flow, meditation, ecstatic dance and sound healing sessions are among the offerings here.
And there’s a food scene to match, with a strong lineup of plant-based eateries alongside street food institutions and world-class restaurants.
Where to Stay in Ubud , Bali
Ubud is home to the island’s most diverse array of accommodation options.
You can stay in a cute cottage overlooking a rice field, a luxury treehouse, or a jungle-view villa. It boasts some of the most highly-rated hotels in the world, too.
There are options in town or surrounded by nature, suited to solo travellers, families, or honeymooners. And whether you’re on a strict budget or money’s no option, Ubud won’t disappoint.
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Budget Stays in Ubud
Know Where to Go for Food and Drinks in Ubud
If good food is key to your holiday, Ubud is a great call.
Inventive vegan cafes abound, some with killer views, others with attached permaculture gardens or health food shops. Likewise, Ubud excels in the cheap eats department.
Handmade noodles, babi guling (suckling pig with Balinese spices), and more are offered at the neighbourhood’s iconic street food venues.
If you’d like to have a go at cooking your own, try one of the many cooking experiences on offer. Many include a rice-field trek or visit to the morning market for ingredients.
High-end eateries can be found here, too. Old-fashioned fine-dining overlooking the river? No problem. Degustation with wine pairings? Absolutely.
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Things to Do in Ubud
Whether you’re a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or a yogi, there’s much to keep you entertained in Ubud.
Rice field treks, white-water rafting, and even elephant safaris are all possible here. The sacred monkey forest is a great, centrally-located place to start the fun. Wander through forest and past temples, and get up close to the neighbourhood’s famous macaques in their natural habitat.
Explore rural Bali with a relaxing walk along the Campuhan Ridge. You’ll see farmers tending to their paddies, artists at work in their al fresco studios, and some lovely cafes overlooking the rice fields.
Or, take in the lush jungle scenery with an exhilarating rafting experience on the Ayung River.
Yoga-wise, you’ll find everything from regular drop-in classes to week-long retreats hosted in studios surrounded by nature. Yoga fashion is big in Ubud. Alongside the wide range of yoga boutiques, you’ll find beautiful independent stores selling handmade jewellery, home décor, ceramics, and more.
Tours and Activities in Ubud
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