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Set amid tropical jungle ravines, terraced rice paddies and emerald rolling hills, the town of Ubud has long been considered the spiritual and cultural hub of Bali.

A peaceful respite from the livelier Kuta, Ubud is all about kicking back, relaxing and being at one with nature. One of the town’s most famous attractions is the Ubud Monkey Forest – a dense swathe of jungle housing three holy temples and over 600 Balinese long-tailed macaques who delight in roaming the ancient site. Another must-see spot is the UNESCO-listed Tegalalang Rice Terrace, known for its photo opportunities, verdant scenery and the iconic ‘Love Bali’ swing.

The hilltop Campuhan Ridge Walk – the best-known of Ubud’s hiking trails – takes you on a journey through beautiful rice paddies and grasslands, from where you can enjoy sweeping countryside views. Another great lookout spot is the summit of Mount Batur – located about an hour or so north of town. Hikers enjoy climbing this active volcano to be rewarded with spectacular views of the crater and the shimmering Lake Batur.

Ubud is a great place to soak up Balinese culture. From the rock-hewn cave of Goa Gajah to the ancient Hindu temple of Pura Taman Saraswati, there are plenty of cultural gems dotted around this laid-back town. You can also shop for traditional Balinese arts and crafts at the Ubud Art Market, which famously featured in the film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.


From $5 per night

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From $11 per night

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From $11 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency Rp 1,000,000 = $68.18
Language Indonesian
Average weekend price $76 per night
Average weekday price $76 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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It is easy to fall in love with Ubud but sometimes love...

August 15, 2022

It is easy to fall in love with Ubud but sometimes love turns to hate... There is plenty of dining options in Ubud that could satisfy every taste. We prefer supporting the local family businesses, therefore we are careful in selecting the place we visit. Our favourite are Warung Garasi, Run's Warung and Mie Kun Warung. Excellent and real Indonesian tastes, local owners and very good prices. Getting around the city is a nightmare. The sidewalks are narrow, crooked, blocked with cars or motobikes or sometimes even non-existing. The traffic is extremely heavy. The traffic jams all around the clock. The fumes and hot blasting from the cars makes the live of pedestrians in Ubud very hard. The most annoying however, is the ubiquitous tricksters trying to offer transport services. They are very pushy and loud. I really wonder why the visitors agree to use their services and thus support their shady business... Isn't it better to rent a motorbike for private use or use the public complimentary, comfortable aircon bus which connects now Ubud with all southern part of the island? But if you got rid of all those touts, move on and find a way to get out of the centre, the beautiful ricefields, lush green, magnificent landscape with distant vulcanos are just for your own. The views compensate all inconveniences. It is easy to see the smiles of local farmers, admire beautiful wood carving or painting of the local artists, or just meet the locals who are very open to share their own piece of Bali with you. And this is enough to keep loving Ubud.

LuisRodriguez Poland

We visited Ubud 10 years ago, and it has changed.

August 10, 2022

We visited Ubud 10 years ago, and it has changed. Still an amazing place, but sadly taken over by cars and scooters which can be maddening. Plan trips in the surrounding neighborhood to discover the real Ubud for peace, quiet and tranquility.

Robert Netherlands

I live in Bali and travel for work Ubud is always a great...

August 10, 2022

I live in Bali and travel for work Ubud is always a great adventure with so much to see eat shop and do!! Plenty of yoga places to get spiritually bendy an you are sure to be inspired by some world class practitioners and teachers. Get out of Ubud central there is so much to see outside of there go and stay in a homestay in one of the small villages that are easily accessible by scooter this is where the magic lives. Don't miss eating in the local warungs(food vendors) as the food here differs desa to desa (village to village) Its easy to see why Ubud is a spiritual hub of Bali don't for get to pack a raincoat and don't be an idiot when you are riding the scooter... plan plan.... slow down. There is not time to hurry in Ubud.

Cat Australia

People were lovely.

August 5, 2022

People were lovely. Our taxi driver, Made, phone number, +62 81337442043, was amazing. He planned a full days activities for us, bringing us to all the best places, and was excellent value for money. Highly recommend giving him a call. Lovely restaurants too., Union and Gedong Susi were both excellent, Also the bamboo house, Teba Sari, was an amazing experience. On the negative side, I feel the streets could be cleaner and crossing the road is hazardous, as there is so much traffic. On the whole though, it’s well worth a visit.

Miriam Ireland

The charm of the city will leave you in awe .

August 5, 2022

The charm of the city will leave you in awe . We stayed for a week and loved it. It has a perfect blend of traditional culture and modern outlook. People are extremely warm, the city is very safe, there are a lot of good eating options. You can rent a bike a single day trip around Ubud are plenty. There are all kinds of places for one to hangout in the evening. We just loved Ubud

Ishita India

The wonderful Balinese remain as friendly, helpful and...

August 4, 2022

The wonderful Balinese remain as friendly, helpful and gracious as ever. Ubud was very busy…it was quicker to walk around main areas than getting transport. Almost everything is open for business. There should be more traffic controllers. The old market area has been demolished, the vendors are trying to sell their wares on the footpath, which is difficult and dangerous. Outside of main city area is fine, with majority of areas and businesses now open. Loved Guatamo Street, great dining, bars and shopping.

Mary Australia

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