Ubud is one of the most beautiful places I have even been to. It’s is heaven on Earth—a beautiful place in central Bali that is famous for rice fields, temples, traditional crafts, and the monkey forest.
When we decided to spend a month traveling in Southeast Asia and Australia, one of the places we definitely wanted to visit was Bali. We didn’t want to go only to the touristy areas of Bali, like Nosa dua, but we wanted to be close to nature and be able to really feel the Balinese culture. Ubud is a perfect place to be in heart of the nature and also get a chance to see the rural areas.
Our hotel was 5 kilometers (a 10 minute-drive) away from Ubud city center, and this made it so easy for us to go to the town center at any time. Throughout our stay in Bali, we visited many landmarks and attractions. These are the places that I highly recommend you to visit when you are in Ubud, and you can easily see all of them in a day.
Ubud Town Centre
Ubud has a beautiful and very modern town center. It’s full of shops, bars, and restaurants that work throughout the day. We had some of the best food of our trip in Ubud. Also you will find beautiful temples in each and every corner of the town, and you will see a beautifully designed plate of offerings in front of each door or shop. You can at least spend 2 to 3 hours wandering around the town and shopping in little local art shops.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
This place is a must-go in Bali. This is what Ubud is all about – beautiful green rice fields in the middle of jungles. It’s one of the most picturesque places you can ever be. One thing to remember is that it rains a lot in Bali, so make sure you have a good pair of shoes as you might need to walk in mud. The circular path will take almost an hour, and there is a beautiful café along the way to get drinks and fruits.
Tirta Empul Temple (near Tampaksiring town)
Tirta Empul Temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple located near the town of Tampaksiring. The temple is divided into three sections: Jaba Pura (front yard), Jaba Tengah (central yard), and Jeroan (inner yard). Jaba Tengah contains two pools containing clean water, regarded as holy water used for Hindu rituals, with 30 showers. This is a perfect landmark to observe how Hindus pray and how the ceremonies look. Not to forget, it’s a beautiful place to take nice shots.
Lowak coffee (Bali Putina)
I’ve always heard about the most expensive coffee in the world in Indonesia that is half digested by Luwak (the animal). Luwak digests the fruit and expels the beans, which are collected, washed, roasted, and then brewed like a normal coffee. Although I always try everything at least once, I was so hesitant to try this coffee at the beginning, but after seeing the process and being assured of how the beans get cleaned thoroughly, I gave it a go. I actually admit it’s absolutely worth the try.
This place is the main Luwak coffee factory. Once you enter the complex, you will be welcomed by staff who guide you through the whole area until you leave the complex. The staff are very nice and super helpful. They will explain to you every process to produce Luwak coffee. There is a free coffee tasting at the end of the tour where you can taste Balinese coffee. There is a charge to taste Luwak coffee, but it’s only £5 for two people. The tour is free, but you can give your tour guide a good tip if you were happy with the tour. There is also a souvenir shop to purchase coffee, tea, and artwork at the end.
This is a beautiful landmark in Ubud where you can see beautiful monkeys from 1 day old, in mom’s hands, up to 40 years old. Just be careful with your belongings as they can grab your bag, mobile, glasses, or water bottle in m a matter of seconds without you noticing.
Ubud Traditional Art Market
This is the perfect place to buy souvenirs and artwork very cheap.
Restaurants in Ubud
1- Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner)
This place is famous for duck dishes and they serve variety of dishes in a beautiful garden overlooking the farms
2- Ibu Rai
A very nice restaurants with beautiful traditional interior design. They serve traditional Balinese dishes and freshly made drinks.