Exploring Ubud, Bali – 3 days

Ubud is located in the center of Bali in Indonesia. If you’re planning a trip to Bali, then you can’t miss Ubud. It’s a must-do, because it’s also the cultural center of Bali and there are so many things to do.

Whether you’re interested in walking through rice fields, showering under a waterfall or climbing an active volcano. You can do it all in Ubud!
Here’s what you can do there in 3 days.

Day 1:

To start, I would recommend to stay in Ubud and check out all the things, where you can walk to.

Campuhan Ridge Walk

free
This walk is a really nice walk through nature and if you follow it for a bit longer, you get to some rice fields. From the path you can also see the volcanos. The best time to go there is in the early morning or for sunset, because otherwise it’s just too hot.

Ubud Palace

free
When you walk back to the center of Ubud, you’ll find the Water Palace. It’s free to go in and it looks really nice, because it’s surrounded by water with sea flowers.

Saraswati Temple - Ubud (Bali)
Saraswati Temple - Ubud (Bali)

Ubud Art Market

free
Just across the street, there is the Ubud Art Market. In the early morning it’s more of a food market, but then it transforms into a market, where you can buy clothes and souvenirs. Make sure, you bargain about the price. In Ubud you also find the famous Ubud bag, which is a worldwide fashion icon now.

Monkey Forest

80 000 Rupiah
The Monkey Forest is really famous too and costs about 80 000 Rupiah. You can walk through the forest and spot lots of monkeys. They look really cute, but they can also attack you or steal your belongings. It’s best not to bring too much and to pay attention.

Monkey Forest - Ubud, Bali
Monkey Forest - Ubud, Bali
Ubud - Bali
Ubud - Bali
Monkey Forest - Ubud, Bali
Monkey Forest - Ubud, Bali

Day 2:

On the second day you can hire a private driver, join a tour or rent a scooter to explore all the nice things around Ubud.
I had a private driver, which I think is the best option, if you’re not alone. You can tell him where you want to go and don’t have to worry about getting around.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

10 000 Rupiah
Those rice terraces are really popular now, thanks to Instagram. They look really cool and you can walk through them or even swing on one of the famous Bali Swings. Get there early, before it gets too crowded and too hot.

Tegallalang Rice Terrace - Bali
Tegallalang Rice Terrace - Bali

Coffee Plantation

free
Around Ubud there are many coffee plantations, where you get a free privat tour. You learn about what kind of plants they grow, how the famous Lawak Coffee is produced and you even get to see the animal. In the end you can do some free coffee and tea tasting, which is really nice. There are flavors I never even heard about, like avocado coffee or mangosteen tea.

Coffee and tea tasting
Coffee and tea tasting

Tegenungan Waterfall

20 000 Rupiah
This is probably the most famous and most crowded waterfall of Bali. I personally didn’t like it, because there are so many people, loud music and it doesn’t look natural anymore. But if you go early you might be able to swim with less people.

Tegenungan Waterfall - Bali
Tegenungan Waterfall - Bali

Kanto Lampo Waterfall

10 000 Rupiah
This waterfall was way nicer, but also smaller. You can shower underneath or swim in the river which is a must-do in Bali. It’s a nice way to escape the heat and enjoy a swim without a pool or the ocean.

Kanto Lampo Waterfall - Bali
Kanto Lampo Waterfall - Bali

Day 3:

Mt. Batur

325 000 – 400 000 Rupiah
Looking for some more adventures? Then you definitely need to check out the active volcano Mt. Batur. You get picked up at your accommodation at 2am and then drive to the bottom of the volcano. When you arrive you hike for about 2 hours and get to the top for sunrise.

The view is stunning and the climb not too hard. After sunrise you walk back and you get back to your accommodation at 10/11am.
Definitely worth the money! Especially when you don’t climb another volcano in Indonesia.

Sunrise at Mt. Batur - Bali
Sunrise at Mt. Batur - Bali
Mt. Batur - Bali
Mt. Batur - Bali
Sunrise at Mt. Batur - Bali
Sunrise at Mt. Batur - Bali

Yoga

price depends on yoga studio
In the afternoon you can use your time to try out some yoga. Ubud is yoga heaven and you can find a yoga studio at every corner. Just check out in what kind of yoga you’re interested in and start your session.

As you can see, Ubud is full of attractions and you’ll never get bored there. It’s also a good base for daytrips to northern Bali. I did a daytrip to hill town Munduk and it was amazing. Click here to read my blog post about it.
You can also check out my photo gallery of Indonesia by clicking here.

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