A round-up of 7 things to do in Ubud with a budget of only Rp. 100k. Explore the cultural center of Bali on a budget.
Enjoy a Day With 100K in Ubud
Since being made famous by the Eat, Pray, Love movie, Ubud has become one of Bali’s most sought after addresses there’s even a true Eat, Pray, Love tour!
Long before the movie, Ubud was known as the cultural capital of Bali. Its cool weather, beautiful rice fields, great waterfalls, colourful art galleries, magnificent holy temples, and intriguing art markets and villages have long drawn both domestic and international visitors.
Even if you don’t decide to stay in Ubud during your visit to Bali, it is well worth taking a day trip to Ubud and surrounds (whether you ride/drive yourself or take a guide to show and explain it all to you). How to reach Ubud? You just head north from the Southern areas, it takes around one hour to drive from the Kuta area, but the drive through the villages to reach Ubud is quite an experience in itself!
The good news is, you don’t need to spend a lot to enjoy a day exploring the best of Ubud! We’ve put together an itinerary for you, where you will see Ubud highlights and only spend 100,000 Rp (approx $7 USD).
Here are the things to do in Ubud to enjoy a day on 100k…
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Hike in Campuhan Ridge Walk
Campuhan Ridge Walk is a peaceful oasis that is located slightly out of the town centre. Here you will be accompanied by a view of beautiful green hills and a soothing breeze. You can also take stunning photos here to add to your Bali memories. The entrance to Campuhan Ridge Walk is free. The best time to see this breathtaking scenery is in the morning or late afternoon because the sun is not really hot during those times of day!
Explore the Ubud Art Market
The Ubud Art Market is located in the centre of Ubud town at Jl. Raya Ubud, just around the corner from Campuhan Ridge Walk. Here you will find a lot of unique things, most of which have been made by Balinese artisan and craftspeople. You will find things such as beautiful crochet design, silk scarves, summer clothes, handmade woven bags, souvenirs, wooden carvings and many other hand-crafted goods. Open every day from 8 am – 5 pm, this creative market is a must on your list with things to do in Ubud, bursting with colours and well worth visiting.
* Photos by @itshappyhollly
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Sip on a Coffee at UCC
UCC (Ubud Coffee Culture) is owned by a very warm-hearted family and they love to share stories with people. Here they roast their own coffee beans sourced across Indonesia and they also serve a variety of food. UCC is located at Jl. Sukma Kesuma No. 17 Banjar Tebesaya around 1.3 km from Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. You can get this coffee starting from just 15K Rp.
COST: 15,000 Rp
Enjoy Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Any visit to Ubud is incomplete if you don’t take time to visit the stunning Tegalalang Rice Terraces. A very instagramable place and famous for its beautifully arranged stretch of rice fields with small paths zigzagging across, this is a neat destination that should be on your list of things to do in Ubud. Make sure your camera is empty because you will definitely take lots of photos here. The entrance ticket here is 5K Rp.
COST: 5,000 Rp
Having Lunch at You & Mie
This cute little restaurant packs a big punch when it comes to a delicious and authentic meal while visiting Ubud. They serve freshly made handmade noodles, with bone broth made for up to 18 hours. There are a variety of dishes to choose from here. The most popular menu item at You & Mie is a chicken wonton noodle soup, featuring their homemade egg noodles, chicken broth, chicken pieces, egg, green onion and a wonton. We can verify it is SUPER delicious and for only 30K Rp, you’d be crazy to miss this stop on your Ubud visit. For those of you who are vegetarian and vegan, they are happy to make a special noodle dish for you, packed full of veggie goodness and their beet noodles. This place is located on Jl. Sukma Kusuma No. 16 Peliatan, Ubud. So this is the perfect place for your lunch.
COST: 30,000 Rp
Take a Dive in The Nungnung Waterfall
Nungnung waterfall is one of the most famous waterfalls in Bali. It is about a 40-minute drive from Ubud centre but it will all pay off with a nice view of the rice fields on either side of the road, good weather, and a breathtaking view of the waterfall. From the main gate, you have to pay the entrance fee which is 10K Rp per person. (20K pre-Covid-19 price) then walk down through many stairs (be ready for that!) with beautiful forest views for around 20 minutes, and then arrive at this magnificent waterfall. You can play in the water or just enjoy the view and take photos to capture the moment.
COST: 10,000 Rp
Stop in for Dinner at Warung Lokal
After a day of visiting some of the best things to do in Ubud on a budget, you will have worked up an appetite for dinner! Located on Jl. Gootama, this is a well known local restaurant with Indonesian cuisine. You can find foods such as fried rice, fried noodles, chicken curry, gado-gado, and other foods. You can get special fried rice for only 30K Rp. (and there are other dishes that are even cheaper).
COST: 30,000 Rp
Final Words: 7 Things to do in Ubud on a Rp 100k Budget
So with 10,000 Rp to spare you can put this towards any parking fees if you are riding a bike or driving a car! With amazing views, a local atmosphere, nice weather, and far from the hustle and bustle of traffic, it will be an unforgettable memory of your time in Bali, and it won’t break your wallet!