We have just spent an incredibly rich and diverse week in Ubud. When we were researching this place, there was a big hole in the information out there about the things to do in Ubud. You can find things to do all over Bali, and while it is true that most things can be found within a couple of hours drive, we were really looking for close activities.
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With our 4 harshest critics on board, (that’s
Ubud is a very confusing place and most attractions are spread out all around the place. Roads go every which way, and there
Number 1 – Blangsinga Waterfall and D’Tukad River Club
D’tukad is an incredible place which clings to the edge of the river bank overlooking the Blangsinga Waterfall which is one of the most well known in Bali. There are many stairs to climb down to reach the Club itself, but it is such an amazing treehouse like setting!
Two large infinity pools are surrounded by bamboo
You pay a 20,000IDR fee per adult at the top carpark which gains you entrance into the waterfall itself. From the River
You can also pay an extra 350,000IDR to go on their giant swings which launch you over the waterfall! Just make sure you bring your own long flowy dress. They also do weekly fire dances on a Thursday.
There are great vantage points everywhere just take care of your step and obey the signs. They seem very particular about your safety here with security guards everywhere ushering you away from the edge.
D’Tukad River Club is open from 10 am – 7 pm and is suitable for families.
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Number 2 – Luwak Coffee
Visit a Luwak coffee house and try out the famous ‘Catpoochino’ on offer.
We recommend visiting the Uma Pakel (Agua
We found this really interesting especially if you love coffee!
The tour only goes for 20-30min and ends with a tasting paddle of herbal teas and coffee. A cup of freshly brewed Luwak coffee is 65,000IDR per cup.
They have big Bali Swings here too, they cost around 350,000IDR a pop.
Luwak Coffee has been said to be unethical thanks to the treatment of the caged animals who could be force-fed coffee fruits in order to supply the tourists trade with the lucrative coffee. At anywhere between $6-$10 per cup, it is certainly an industry with a potential for exploitation. On the other hand, the Luwaks are supremely valuable, and appear to be treated as such.
I will leave this up to you. But visiting a Luwak Coffee Plantation makes it onto our list of things to do in Ubud.
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Number 3 – Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Just up the road from the coffee is the famous Tegalalang Rice Terraces.
You can enter the rice fields and wander around them which will cost depending on the checkpoints you want to go through. They ask for a donation at the entrance, and then there are progressive donation boxes along the winding pathways. If you want your photo taken with a rice farmer in a hat, or sitting in a nest, this will cost you extra too.
You can walk all the way around and down, balancing on narrow walkways which divide the terraces. It is a very calming and serene experience, or it would be without all the tourists! It is a bit of a tourist trap, but the valley of lush green terraced fields do make for a very special photo opportunity.
Another way to enjoy the Tegalalang Terraces is to simply relax in a cafe overlooking the fields. We loved sitting in a cafe with the best view, with a cold Bintang.
Most of the Cafes have an ‘I love Bali’ sign or something quirky to fill your Instagram feed with.
If you are feeling adventurous, there is even a suspended bike on a tightrope that will let you cross the valley of rice fields for 350,000IDR
Now that is an experience and a half!
Number 4 – Green Kubu for Lunch
Do yourself a favour and head on over to Green Kubu for lunch and a play! This is one of the best things to do in Ubud and combines good food and good times.
This place rocks and is so green, set amongst rice fields and backing onto rainforest you can spend hours here. There are ponds full of lotus and carp, and even some geese hanging around.
The food is insane! They have a Maxxi Burger with fries and a free beer for only 65,000IDR. The Indonesian food is incredibly well priced too.
Some great photos can be had here, with their iconic green heart that looks amazing from the air!
Green Kubu also has a children’s playground set in the shade which the kids will love! There haven’t been many playgrounds in Ubud, so this one was definitely a
They appear to be doing some renovations here at present, and if these improvements include a pool, Green Kubu will be even better soon!
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Number 5 – Eat and Shop your way around Ubud Central
Walk around the Ubud city centre and just explore! Starting at Ubud Palace, this is where taxis drop everyone off. Across the road is the Central Market, which is a rainbow of stalls selling all of that awesome Balinese Kitsch. Bargain hard to get a good price though, don’t ever pay the first amount they say.
How to Bargain in Bali
As a general rule, halve it and take a little more off. You have more bargaining power when you buy more than one.
Walking down Monkey Forest Road and along Jl. Raya Ubud will reveal an exciting array of great coffee shops, restaurants and clothing shops for you to check out while on holiday.
For Cool Clothing and Accessories:
- Fipper (rubber sandals and flip flops)
- Green Rock (general cool men’s and women’s fashion)
- Mimpi Mannis (boho matchy Mum’s and daughters and cute sandals)
- Suen Noaj (men’s and women’s fashion)
- Danis (locally designed women’s clothing)
- Bali Tees
- Billabong and Ripcurl
Best cafes in Ubud:
- Lazy Cats – A cool vintage-inspired cafe with an elevated position perfect for people watching. Try a huge piece of chocolate cake. Located on Jl. Raya Ubud.
- Grandpa’s – Excellent coffee and dragonfruit gelato. Located Monkey Forest Road.
- Bittersweet – This is an experience and a half. It is a cafe set in an art gallery and homewares store that is absolutely dripping in chandeliers on Monkey Forest Road. They had a delicious coffee and cake deal for only 50,000IDR.
Best Restaurants in Ubud:
- Folk – for a swim with your meal, this place is perfect. See below.
- Cinta Bar and Grill – This is the place to go if you are craving a steak. (195,000IDR). Located on Monkey Forest Road.
- Babi Guling Warung – The best spit roasted pork can be found here and for as little as 70,000IDR you get a whole plate of deliciousness. Across from the Ubud Palace
Number 6 – Bali Zoo
This attraction is fairly close to Ubud, only about half an hour drive. It is a well managed and exciting zoo with some super cool attractions. Try breakfast with the orangutans, have a night encounter, or give an elephant a mud bath!
General admission starts at 355,500IDR. Get your tickets here:
Number 7 – Folk Ubud
Spend the afternoon in the pool at Folk Ubud. A gorgeous restaurant with a huge pool, it even has a swim up bar!
This is a great place to hide from the hustle and bustle of Ubud. The food here is so good and you can hire cabana’s to relax the day away. Order the Ayam Betutu which is an amazing slow cooked chicken. Perfect to share for 130,000IDR.
- Adult swim 75,000IDR including a towel – kids free
- Poolside Teepee 350,000IDR (family sized)
- Sunbed 250,000IDR per couple
- Bale 350,000IDR (family size)
- Poolside deck chairs, lounges, restaurant seating
anda few pergolas are free
For bookings click here.
Number 8 – White Water Rafting
Experience the thrill of white water rafting with Get your Guide! You spend 2 hours navigating your way 8km down the stunning Agung River. It was so beautiful and wild, with huge towering jungle-clad river banks and overhanging vines. The rapids were a little scary at times, but so thrilling and we always felt safe.
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This is well worth the price tag of 700,000IDR for adults and 630,000IDR for children. You have to be 9 years and older to participate. We booked our tour with
They provide pickup from your hotel and have 2 sessions daily. The experience goes for 3 hours, 2 hours of rafting class 2-3 rapids (4 is the hardest) and ends in a delicious local lunch that is included in the price.
If you love adventure and the wild Agung river this one is for you! Book here for adventure! I went with my 9-year-old son and he rated it as better than Waterbom! I guess it was like a giant waterslide.
Number 9 – Shisha Bar
Even though Shisha is not a quintessentially Balinese thing, it is always a fun
We went to Shisha XL Bar while we were waiting for our Barong Dance to start for some quick eats and a fragrant honeydew melon
Number 10 – Campuan Ridge Walk
The Campuan Ridge is a beautiful pathway that goes for over 8km from the
We intended on going all the way to the cafe in the middle,
Number 11 – Monkey Forest
This place makes it on to every list of things to do in Ubud, but, I don’t like monkeys so we didn’t go. The kids are scared of them as well, and every one we see on the street makes us nervous, so we decided to skip this one. we did walk down Monkey Forest Road and checked out the price of entry for you though – It’s 80,000IDR per adult, and 60,000IDR per child.
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Number 12 – Fancy Resort Pools
Explore some of the best pools in Bali. Head on down to the famous Hanging Gardens of Bali with its iconic double infinity pools and superb jungle views. You can get a drink, a meal and a swim for 600,000IDR per adult (subject to 20% tax).
Padma Resort boasts Bali’s largest infinity pool at
Number 13 – Cultural Dance
Seeing a Barong Dance or one of its many variations is a
The story was about the King who goes hunting in the forest but can only catch dragonflies. So the evil Rangda turns him into a frog. Then he has to convince his betrothed Princess that he is indeed her king, so she comes to love the frog. Then Rangda turns him back into the King, so they have to convince the Princess all over again that he is the same guy.
It was entertaining and the traditional Balinese Dance is very cool with their gorgeous decorative costumes and subtle movements.
It is so worth seeing. The music is a mish-mash of sounds that seem to work somehow and a tragic story that turns out happy!! Get yourself to a Barong Dance when in Ubud, Bali.
They also perform at the Ubud Palace where an outdoor show will cost 100,000IDR and runs for 1.5hours. There are other dances at major hotels too.
Number 14 – Climb Mt Batur
Climb Mt Batur, It’s a super early start 1.30am which may not suit many but if you are up for adventure then this is for you. This early start gets you up to the top of the majestic Mount Batur for an unforgettable sunrise.
Mount Agung has been closed to climbers since the eruption in 2017 and looks unlikely to reopen anytime soon so if you want a volcano, this is your best bet! Of all the things to do in Ubud, this was on our wish list, but we just couldn’t make it happen with the kids this time.
You can book the tour right here with Get your Guide.
Number 15 – Yoga
In Ubud, you feel like you should be doing yoga, there is just something about the mountain air that makes a few
Number 16 – A Bali Swing
Don’t be misled, there is not just one Big Swing. In fact, they are everywhere. Prices start at anywhere between 250,000IDR to 350,000IDR. It’s just a giant swing, but they do look great in photos!!