Ubud Travel Guide

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Ubud Highlights

  • Pro
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     Relaxed, colourful, amazing rice fields and good food 

  • Con
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     Lots of tourists and hustling-after travelling in Indonesia you get use to touts. 

  • In a nutshell
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     The real Bali...serene and enchanting 

Ubud Things to Do

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  • Monkey Forest

    The Sacred Monkey Forest is a good example of humans co-existing with the forest and some of its inhabitants, troops of long-tailed macques. The monkey forest is a cool refuge from the heat of the streets. Along with the mischievous monkeys, there are some magnificent trees to be amazed by. A terrific environment for a relaxing afternoon.

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  • Kecak Dance

    the Monkey Dance or the Kecak is a fairly recent addition to the balinese dance as it was only made in 1930. the monkey dance was lifted from the Ramayana wherein more than 100 half-naked male performers shout ka chak in unison and there are no accompanying instruments here, only the voices of the Kecak dancers and the voices of the characters like...

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  • Wood Carvings

    wherever you go around the wood carving village of mas in Ubud, all the wood carving stores have an open and transparent woodcarving working area where you can see the skilled craftsmen making assorted wood products like masks, tables, chairs, statues and more and are made from assorted wood like banyan, palm, kapok, narra and more. you can take...

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Ubud Hotels

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Ubud Restaurants

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  • Authentic Mexican Food in Asia?!

    Taco Casa, located just south of Monkey Forest Rd. and the main loop of shops and spas in Ubud, is an AMAZING restaurant. I was shocked to find such authentic Mexican food in Indonesia! I had a margarita and a burrito, and it blew my mind. Everything was so fresh and tangy! If my boyfriend hadn't wanted to try lots of other local food and a variety...

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  • Dining room with a view

    Made's restaurant is wonderfully charismatic place tucked away in Penestanan village where one can dine al fresco amidst the pastoral charm of rural Bali. The individual bale provides separation but the place is communal with delightful views of the rice fields and nearby farms. They chirping of the crickets and cicadas are all that you will...

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  • Ribs and Martini, make it double

    The food : anything grill. Their best one is the Ribs (not halal, it's pig's ribs). Then if you still want to have something else, have their chicken.The drink : THE Martini of course. It's always crowded in Nuri. Make sure your timing's right to come here (have a late breakfast then come here at around 2 PM), not too early but not too late. The...

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Ubud Nightlife

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  • Dance under the moonlight

    The show takes place in the Ubud Palace itself, no less. With the grand pura and under the moonlight, this dance becomes a magical show. A bit windy since it's in the outdoor, so a light jacket/cardi will come handy

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  • Balinese dancing

    This is one of the dances that can be seen in the grounds of the Ubud palace.I believe this one was called the Legong trance & paradise dance dance as it was a Thursday night.(See dance schedule on website below)The costumes, color,energy and music that are part of this dance makes it a must see when spending the night in Ubud. No specific dress...

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  • Jazz in Ubud

    The Jazz Cafe is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to midnight. Live music is performed from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. They have a cover charge of 20,000 rp (approximately US$2.00) per person. There is free pick-up from hotels in the Ubud area. There are many drivers waiting outside that you can hire to take you back to your hotel. The...

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Ubud Transportation

  • Private Tour Vans

    Ubud is a major destination of Central Bali as it is the cultural capital and such various full day tours and whole day tours of various areas to central bali all have stops in Ubud like watching barong dance, kecak dance, tours of Kintamani, Bedugul, Tampak Siring, Besakih, Tegallalang rice terraces, gunung kawi, mengwi and more. you either have a...

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  • Putu Sudiantara - An Excellent...

    Putu is a kind, gentle soul who made our trip to Bali amazing and so much more than it would have been had we gone on a package tour. He showed us real hospitality. This cheerful young man gave my husband and me a one day tour from Ubud (we wish we could have done more days with him but had to leave the next day). He patiently and knowledgeably...

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  • Rent a (motor)bike

    Walking is actually the right way to explore Ubud. But, I gotta admit walking from Pengosekan to ubud centre is quiet painful (after 2 days doing it anyway). The best option is to rent a motorbike for IDR 50 K a day. Tell the guy where you're staying and they will pick up the motorbike at your place once the rent/lease is over.

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Ubud Shopping

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  • Store of Teba Sari Agrotourism

    all the agrowisata farms in central bali have a cooperative store in their premises as to entice the tourists on a tour of their farms to but their products after the free tasting of some of their products like coffee, ginger tea, chocolates, lemongrass tea and a lot more. Satria Agrowisata is no exception and the store is located in the middle of...

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  • Ubud Painting Shops

    being a famous village of painters, Ubu competes with Batuan Village in Sukawati Town in the number of Painting shops and paintings bought at Batuanb village are generally cheaper than in Ubud Town Center as it is farther from the tourist trail (you need a tour van to go to the village, unless the visit is part of the whole day tour package). while...

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  • Wood Carving Shops

    Ubud is a large area and even though the center of this cultual town has tons of shopping stalls among them are woodcarving stores, the best way to shop for wood carvings is to go to Mas Village as this is the ground zero of woodcarving in Bali and is located just 5 kilometersd south of Ubud Town Center and you can just walk along the main street...

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Ubud Local Customs

  • Bring Your Cloth or Sarong

    While you are traveling to Ubud you have to prepare a Sarong or a cloth with you. If you don't have one, you can just simply buying it at a small traditional market that will cost you around $ 5 till $ 10. There are so many local or traditional ceremony in Ubud that will attract you a lot. If you are lucky and find a big ceremony in some temples on...

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  • Flower Offerings

    Flower offerings can be seen on temples and on doorstep of almost all Bali stores, big or small shops. It is also widely sold in the Ubud market every morning. Offering to the Gods. A burst of flower blossoms and petals, placed on a some sort of green palms.

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  • Headpiece .... useful

    At the Ubud market you will see lots of women with a coiled up towel on top of their heads. This is almost like a "must" thing to do - as most of them have heavy loads to carry. They rest their basket of goods on top of their head, with the support of the coiled up towel. They definately have strong necks to support! It is simply amazing to see how...

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Ubud Warnings and Dangers

  • Robbers Owners of MAEKO BUNGALOW KUTAH...

    Ubud is wonderful, Bali is magic...etc...we all know that.But there are too many things which are out of control here.Be aware when renting so called "Villa"!! A part of Ubud called KUTAH is full with houses/ villas to rent. Of course, they all love you when you rent at least for 1 year. But we rented for " months, villa, 2 bed -2 bath, small...

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  • POOR SECURITY AT UMA HOTEL, UBUD

    Beware of very poor security at the so-called luxury Uma hotel in Ubud, Bali. My family and I were assaulted by an extremely hostile European family at their New Years Eve function.Nobody, including the hotel manager offered any security assistance. I don't believe they have any apart from the front gate.I couldn't imagine staying there....You are...

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  • Monkey bite

    Hati-hati dengan monyet-monyet, jangan mengulurkan anggota badan ke monyet, bisa jadi ia akan mengigit. Jangan memegang kepala monyet.

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Ubud Tourist Traps

  • Don't try things on if you're not...

    I did this at Pasar Ubud. I tried on this head piece (Balinese dancers will usually have this thing on their head during performance) at this old lady stall. Wasn't really planning to buy it...however wondering how I would look with that thing on my head...I put it on n right after the old lady put it in a plastic bag...after a quite long...

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  • The Monkey Forest.

    Ok, i liked the park, the small temple and the monkeys (long tailed macaque), but all these animals were brought to the island from Borneo, there were no monkeys in the island.

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  • Get ripped off booking directly with...

    I visited the Sobek website www.balisobek.com before I arrived in Bali and booked rafting at Telaga Waja river.. the price was $68 and I was offered 10% discount for Internet booking, so US$ 61. When I arrived there, I found my driver could offer me the same trip on Sobek for $45! I called them but they said they cant reduce the price. I cancelled...

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Ubud What to Pack

  • Comfortable Flats or sandals are a MUST

    Any kind of luggage will do (since they have the USD 3,000/night hotel down to USD 10/night hotel). The lighter the bag is the better.. Wear a comfortable foot wear (I use Crocs flats everywhere in Ubud). Light fabric dresses/shirt from linen and rayon is the best for any Bali destination. Light cardigan/light jacket will come handy at night windy...

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  • Don't forget the mosquito repellent!

    Ubud is in the center of Bali set in tropical forest and rice fields, so the mosquitos abound here. You shouldn't forget packing mosquito repellent and put it on, specially at the end of the afternoon. The hotels in Ubud usually provide mosquito coils in the rooms. Also, at night, use long sleeves and pants or longer skirts to avoid bites.

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  • sarung, everyone :)

    light dailypack for bring your stuffs while go cycling comfy trainers for bicycling toilet papers the most important to bring along whenever you exploring ubud [and all places in bali] is sarung [saroong]. because very useful to cover your short pants whenever you visit a temple. for respect to its place and the worshippers, do not enter with...

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Ubud Off The Beaten Path

  • lotus pond

    we found this lotus pond accidentally. a local told us about this. it was so beautiful: a huge pond, filled with lotus with bridge in the middle. the pond can't be seen from the street, it's behind the lotus cafe.

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  • MUSEUM RUDANA

    The Rudana Gallery was born 25 years ago in Sanur, and was moved to its present location in Peliatan in 1978. Its major purpose has always been to support living artists throughout Indonesia and particularly those of Bali. It continues to exhibit and promote contemporary paintings in Indonesia, classic , traditional, and modern. The Gallery's...

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  • Balinese Coffee 101 with Free Drink

    Fancy a free drink?, unlimited :-) Choice of ginger tea, lemon grass tea, ginseng coffee, balinese black coffee or hot chocolate...Or you can try all... BAS Agrowista, its the so called, coffee plantation, that still do it the old Balinese way of making coffee. They have a small plantation in front and at the back of the store, where they gather...

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Ubud Sports & Outdoors

  • Keeping in Shape

    If you can’t travel without a workout,there is a gym that is available.Ubud Fitness Club hascardio & strength equipment, aerobic classes, yoga, pilates, yogalates, and squash.Occasional entry is 45,000 Rp,and weekly, monthly and yearly memberships start at 167,000 Rp

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  • A universe connection through yoga

    Whilst in Ubud,you might feel this need,to get in touch with your inner self.If you desire private yoga classes in the villa that you are staying at,a certified yoga teacher available for this service is James Newman.

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Ubud Favorites

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  • When Cultures Collide, Love and Romance

    A verse from an old song comes to mind...it can be heaven, or it can be hell. For certain, the dynamics that make a marriage between any man, and any women are as much at play here in Bali as they are anywhere else in the world. Without doubt, the word love, which incidentally does not exist in the Balinese language, but is called cinta in Bahasa...

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  • What's going on in Ubud???

    A found a web-site that lists certain eventsand activities in Ubud.Thought I'd post it and share.News Ubud

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  • KENKO REFLEXOLOGY

    While in Ubud make sure you pop into Kenko for a massage. After walking all day it's a wonderful opportunity to have your legs and feet feel normal again.Being a reflexology massage it's interesting to find out what those painful spots on your feet mean!After they have finished with your legs & feet roll over and your back will be massaged (no need...

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