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Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Chandrika Ghosh, Fiona Davies, Afina Najib, Stephanie Peeters and Tey Kher Ying, Sarah Shahzad
Edited by Jiayi Ng

Famously known as Bali’s ultimate cultural hub, Ubud is an amazing mesh of old and new with something to offer to everyone. Visiting alone or with family, Ubud is a one-stop tourist attraction that promises a wide range of activities for everyone within a small distance!

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From temple-hopping to yoga retreats, and even learning a new art – get ready to be spoiled for choices in this magnificent town that never fails to entertain.

In addition to the breathtaking beaches and glorious sunsets, there are always hidden gems tucked away in surprising places, reserved for those of us looking for an off-beat experience.

So get set to uncover Ubud’s amazing (less commonly known) going-ons!

1. Stay here and have the swing ride of your life with panoramic views of Ayung River – Zen Hideaway

Located in a traditional Balinese village about 20 minutes from the center of Ubud, Zen Hideaway is a stay that offers an unparalleled experience that is exquisitely Ubud.

As far as the eye can see, across Ayung River, a mini waterfall, rice fields and Mount Agung – you will find the most spectacular thing you will not find anywhere else. A swing hanging between coconut trees, high atop a hill.

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Both thrilling and addictive, the swing ride of your life is almost guaranteed – at such a height, and with sweeping views of the jungle, Ayung River, and even a mini waterfall!

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Once you’re done swinging, you may want to make full use of the private access, and walk down to the river or waterfall for a relaxing swim.

Made from 150-year-old teak wood, Zen Hideaway is intentionally designed for those looking for serenity and peace. The rooms are semi-open, which enables you to have a hearty dose of fresh Ubud countryside air.

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And since it’s in a local village, feel free to interact with the locals if you’d like to experience authentic daily activities, such as farming, dance, or traditional ceremonies (if available while you’re here).

Zen Hideaway, Ubud

From USD $124 (per night)

Address: Desa Bongkasa, Ubud, Bali

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Ubud’s jungle clubs

2. Chill at a hidden river club atop Bali’s most famous waterfall: D’Tukad River Club at Tegenungan Waterfall

Of course you know about Bali and its iconic beach clubs, but have you heard of the ‘waterfall club’ that’s shaking up the romantic scene?

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D’Tukad River Club is Ubud’s all-new natural haven with a treehouse concept – right atop Tegenungan Waterfall. Simply climb several flights of stairs, and be wowed by the majestic streams of water that form this magical cascade!

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Most guests spend their time soaking in the two-tiered pool while sipping on cocktails and munching on light-bites. Scared of getting wrinkly fingers? Catch a break on the scenic wooden terrace, or hop on the swings that hang out over the river for a quiet date with the jungle!

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We love how creative party-fanatics are getting! A river club – why didn’t anyone think about this before!?

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D’Tukad River Club

Address: Desa Wisata Blangsinga, Saba, Blahbatuh, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Opening hours: 9am – 9pm (Daily)
Entrance fee: USD $7 (Approximately Rp. 102,400)
Packages: Swing & Swim USD $25 (Approximately Rp. 365,680)
Swing & Swim + Lunch USD $28 (Approximately Rp. 409,600)
Contact: +62 821 4558 0335 / +62 821 4558 0336

Website


3. Find out if your lover is your ultimate party partner too: Wanna Jungle Pool & Bar

Nothing’s better than an adults-only spot to enjoy groovy music with your lover, with no pesky kids to ruin the mood!

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Head over to Wanna Jungle Pool & Bar to experience everything a beach club has to offer, except for the beach. Yes, this is a beach club with no beach, but stunning architecture, majestic jungle views and a 3-tiered pool to match!

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Grab your partner and come by on Saturdays, where you can enjoy a fun date swaying to the sounds of a live DJ!

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Do you wanna?

Wanna Jungle Pool & Bar

Address: Banjar, Desa, Bresela, Payangan, Bali 80572, Indonesia
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (Daily)
Entrance fee: Rp. 200,000 (Approximately USD $13.40)
Price range: Rp. 80,000 – 300,000 (Approximately USD $5.36 – 20.10)
Contact: +62 361 978098

Website

Dine in unique restaurants

4. Settle down for lunch amidst endless rice paddy fields: Green Kubu Cafe

It’s back to nature for lunch time as you indulge in delectable traditional dishes… right amidst the rice fields!

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Offering endless views of greenery, Green Kubu Cafe could very well be the “La Plancha” of Ubud. Cuddle up with your partner on colourful bean bags protected by flamboyant Balinese umbrellas as you enjoy magical vistas together – that’s what we call romance!

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While the view is the main draw, many come for a bucket of ice cold Bintang and a plate of savoury Nasi Goreng (fried rice). Psst! Feeling a tad extra hungry? Get an entrée – their grilled spicy corn on the cob is a big hit, especially when it gets chilly in Ubud!

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The cafe also happens to feature a swing (Kubu swing), so you can always keep up with your Insta-bragging, even at lunch hour!

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Green Kubu Cafe

Address: Jalan Cinta, Br, Pejengaji, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Fri) | 10am – 9pm (Sat – Sun)
Price range: Rp. 25,000 – 50,000 (Approximately USD $1.70 – 3.35)
Contact: +62 857 3922 3335

Website

5. Cabanas and pool with a “Selamat Pagi” kind of high tea – Folk Pool & Gardens

Let’s forget about Western sweets because today traditional Indonesian desserts are in the lead!

If you happen to be wandering around Ubud and looking for a place to chill at, sip a cuppa and have some delightful treats, don’t miss Folk Pool & Gardens. And yes, you get free access to the pool, which you can jump right into from your private cabana!

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Time for an explosion of Indonesian flavours! Wrapped in banana leaves and displayed on a three-tiered stand, these Indonesian savouries are real surprises for your palates – each of their ingredients are locally sourced from sustainable partners of the community!

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Post-tea time is spent lazing in your private cabana or simply dreaming away on the hammock and multiple colourful poufs by the pool! We warned you… forget about your bikini diet while in Bali!

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If you feel the gypsy and artsy vibe here, you aren’t the only one – Folk Pool & Gardens is also a place for any boho-soul!

Folk Pool & Gardens

Price: Rp. 95,000 per set (Approximately USD $7)
Address: Jl Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali, 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +623619080800/ +623619080880/ +623619080888
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 8.00am – 9.00pm (Bistro)
Mon–Sun 10.00am – 10.00pm (pool)
High Tea Hours: Daily 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Website

6. Celebrate romance amidst nature – The Sayan House

This quaint little restaurant overlooking the Ayung River is a popular spot for private receptions, and we can really see why.

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On a day when you’re supposed to feel like you’re on top of the world, what could be better than literally being on top of the world?

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The Sayan House will speak to the nature lover in you, with its signature view of forests, rice fields and the rushing waters of the sacred Ayung River below.

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Enjoy a romantic dinner with your loved one while watching the sun set over the valley, or hang some fairy lights on the trees and watch the place come alive as a fairytale wedding setting.

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Better yet, The Sayan House has some pretty amazing contemporary and unique Asian dishes up for grabs.

Try out their Crispy King Prawn & Avocado Maki, and the Salmon Carpaccio too! There are also fusion dishes like Babi Guling Sushi – if you’re fond of trying out new things, you won’t be disappointed.

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The Sayan House

Address: Jalan Raya Sayan No. 70, Sayan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm
Price: IDR $35,000 – IDR $380,000 (USD $2.60 – USD $28.40)
Contact: +62 361 4792592

Website 

7. Light up your love with 100 candles by the Ayung river: Swept Away Restaurant (The Samaya Ubud)

Often deemed as a must-visit for couples or honeymooners in Bali, Swept Away Restaurant is indeed a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience.

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Along the Ayung river, 100 lighted candles and showers of generous flower petals are carefully placed around the river stones. And after sunset, at the edge of the river bank, you’ll get a private love table where you can enjoy the magnificent natural atmosphere and the music of the rushing water.

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Your warm and hospitable private waiter will serve you with a six-course degustation or tasting menu for this special night. Among its favorites are the refreshing seared scallop with pomelo, the delectable chilled lobster and the Wagyu Steak that is grilled to perfection.

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For dessert, you get an apple pie ice-cream and apple vanilla souffle, a lovely sweet ending to your romantic dinner.

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The Samaya Ubud Bali

Address: Jl. Banjar Baung Desa, Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571
Contact: +62 361 973606
Prices: From Rp 3.100.000++ per couple (approximately USD 233)

Website

8. Dive (and dine) into Ubud’s very own rabbit hole – Maha Restaurant

As much as we can’t get enough of cat and dog cafes, how about a rabbit cafe for a change?

Dining at Maha Restaurant will leave you feeling a little like Alice in Wonderland – bringing you up close and personal with the cutest bunnies you will ever see.

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Especially if you have kids who are tired of walking around Ubud, bringing them to Maha Restaurant will be a great refresher for them, as they get to pet the bunnies and interact with them.

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Order coffee, pancakes, crepes, juices, or even an espresso martini (we hear they have fantastic cocktails!) and get set for one of the many lovely afternoons to be had in Ubud.

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Watch the Maha rabbits hop around, do bunny binkies (Google it) and nibble away as you steal a restful moment from your packed itinerary of plans – your kids will thank you for it.

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Maha Restaurant

Address: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +(62) 361 973196
Prices: From USD $5 (for eggs, bacon, avocado, tomato and toast, as well as a fruit salad and any coffee of your choice)
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 11pm

Official Website

9. Dine with a luscious view of paddy fields – Sari Organik and Cafe Pomegranate

Rice is a staple part of Indonesian diets so you can’t miss the opportunity to see where it comes from.

You don’t need any Instagram filters for these photos – the lush emerald fields are the brightest green that you will ever see.

There are so many great restaurants with rice field views but our favourites are Sari Organik and Cafe Pomegranate, which are both in Ubud.

Sari Organik is a fast growing warung owned by a family who are dedicated to growing, using and selling organic produce. A 15-minute walk from the road through the coconut groves and along the rice fields means that by the time you arrive at the restaurant, you are ready for a hearty meal.

Grab a table on the terrace and watch the spectacular greenery around you. If you are lucky, you will even see people at work in the fields – this is Bali at its most authentic.

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Sari Organik prides itself on catering for everyone. Meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans will each find plenty on the menu. Dairy or gluten intolerance? No problem, just let the friendly staff know.

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Try the dairy-free pizza, it’s fresh, healthy and supremely delicious! Even cheese lovers will be converted.

Another option, Cafe Pomegranate, is an equally great open-sided restaurant owned by two Japanese brothers. One has taken control of the architecture and design, whilst the other arranged the menu and service. We’ve got to say, both have done amazing jobs!

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The restaurant is essentially a billowing fabric pagoda on a raised terrace off the beaten track in Ubud. Panoramic 360-degree views of the paddy fields will overwhelm your senses as you relax in the breeze and take in the view.

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The vibe of Cafe Pomegranate is funky and chilled – once the sun sets, the music starts and a great night of food and fun begins.

Whether you are a couple looking for a romantic meal or a group looking for a party, Cafe Pomegranate is perfect for any occasion.

Sari Organik

Address: Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 972087
Opening Hours: 8:00am-8:00pm
Prices: Dishes from USD $2.50

Official Website

Cafe Pomegranate

Address: Jl. Subah Sok Wayah, Ubud Gianyar Bali 80571 Indonesia
Contact: + 62 (0) 878 60803632
Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm
Prices: Dishes from USD $2.50 to USD $5

Official Website

10. Creative hub of all free-spirited gypsies and artists: Bali Bohemia

Look no further if you would like to experience the real bohemian ambience.

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Definitely living up to its name, Bali Bohemia radiates positivity with gypsies and artists uniting through music and the arts.

The place gleams with boasting colours of mixed textures and patterns living up to the “boho” motto that “less is never more”.

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Besides being a nomads’ magical gathering hangout, Bali Bohemia is firstly an art boutique hotel and restaurant with the most laidback huts where no two are alike; each with an explosion of tones and eccentric design.

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Around the restaurant and pool area, Bali Bohemia holds weekly artistic events such as open mic sessions, traditional Indonesian performances, jazz and jam nights and much more! Much like a religious ritual where you can be sure to connect with local artists who are as free-spirited as you!

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P.S. All upcoming events are published on Bali Bohemia’s Instagram page.

Bali Bohemia

Rates: From USD $54 per night (Approximately Rp. 724,464)
Restaurant price range: Rp. 25,000 – Rp. 100,000 (Approximately USD $1.85-7.46)
Address: Jl. Nyuh Bojog- Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Bali (Coordinates here)
Contact: +62 361 978 631 (huts) / +62 813 3888 4756 (restaurant)
Opening Hours (restaurant): Mon-Sun 7:00am – 10:00pm
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11. Buy gorgeous fabrics and support the local women: Threads of Life

A beautifully well-suited name for an amazing initiative! Threads of Life supports thousands of women from 11 islands across the Indonesian archipelago. With a fair-trade business model, selling these fabrics empower these women to overcome poverty.

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With local materials, natural dyes and traditional methods, the most stunning ikat and traditional Batik fabrics are created, handwoven by these skillful Indonesian women. Weaving traditional fabrics also helps to preserve ancient knowledge and cultural heritage that is traditionally passed on from generation to generation.

By buying these gorgeous fabrics, you are supporting the local community and bringing home a unique island souvenir with an amazing story. Aren’t the gifts with stories always the best ones?

You can add even more depth your story by joining one of the classes held at Threads of Life,  where you will learn more about how these traditional fabrics are made!

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Threads of Life

Address: Jl. Kajeng No.24, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62-361-972112 | +62-361-972187| [email protected]
Opening hours: Daily 10 am – 7 pm
Prices: Classes range between Rp. 100,000 and Rp. 400,000 for a group of 4 or 5 people.

Website

12. The beauty of nature: Utama Spice

Utama Spice is a traditional skincare company which uses 100% pure natural ingredients in their products. The production is inspired by traditional Balinese techniques.

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They offer a huge variety of pure and organic essential oils, lip balms, hair oils, body butter, bug sprays and many more. According to a shop assistant, the bug spray is the most popular product, especially for travellers with kids, as it is organic and safe.

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All yogis will go crazy with the fragrant, anti-bacterial yoga mat spray that will keep the mat clean and fresh. What a great idea for a gift!

Besides Ubud, their shops are located in Sanur too, but you can also purchase some of their products in Guardian Pharmacy.

Utama Spice, Ubud

Prices: Rp 13,000-170,000 (USD 1-13)
Address: Monkey Forest Road (130 Meters north of Monkey Forest)
Contact: Phone: 0361 975051
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: Mon– Sun 9:00 am – 8:30pm

Website

13. Of handmade soaps and jams: Kou Bali and Kou Cuisine

Behind the name Kou is two sister stores in Ubud.

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Kou Bali sells natural soaps and bath salts. Everything comes with a creative wrapping. Look at the cute little soaps wrapped like candies!

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On the other hand, Kou Cuisine produces natural and delicious handmade jam. Try the favourite – milk caramel or an exotic combination of pineapple and guava.

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You can also buy sea salt in the same cute jar.

And of course, you are welcome to taste the jam before deciding to purchase any!

Kou Bali

Address: Jl.Dewi Sita, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, INDONESIA, Gianyar
Contact: (0361) 971905
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9:00am – 20:00pm

Official site

 

Kou cuisine

Prices: Rp 8,000-40,000(USD 0.6-3)
Address: Jl.Monkey Forest, Ubud, Gianyar, 80571, INDONESIA
Contact: +62 851 0022 7968
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 9:00am – 8:00pm

Official site

14. Enjoy family movie night at this raw food restaurant – Paradiso Ubud

A unique concept café in Ubud not only serves up vegan and vegetarian gastronomical delights at affordable rates, but also has an in­-house state-­of-­the-­art cinema that diners can enjoy.

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The best thing about it all? You get your seats for free!

The restaurant plays some world class movies in their tastefully done, full­y equipped theater, that should please any cinema enthusiast across the world. The capacity of the hall is around 150 persons, so you can rest assured about getting seats easily.

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If you’ve got a few idle hours to spend and just a few bucks in your pockets, check up the schedule at their Facebook page or website for the next screening and drop in!

Enjoy a sumptuous meal off their splendid menu that  features some fresh and healthy vegan options without compromising on taste. Also, spend time looking at the art in their art gallery and mingling with like-­minded folks. Sounds like the perfect evening plan, we’d say!

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Paradiso Ubud

Address: Jl. Goutama Sel., Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Contact:+62 361 7835545

Official site

15. Witness a bird invasion – Petulu

When the sun sets every day, thousands of herons from all over Bali fly to the village of Petulu, creating a beautiful vision of white for those who are there to witness it.

The birds are believed to be the guardians that watch over the villagers and protect them from harm.

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It’s certainly a sight to behold – during the peak period (around 5pm – 6pm), up to 20,000 herons can be seen roosting in the trees of Petulu, watching the people from above.

Best place to watch? To the south of the village, there’s a look-out point ideal for bird watching. Next to the road, you’ll see a sign that reads “the best place to see the herons”.

And here’s where it points to – a small wooden house in the middle of a rice-field owned by an old lady selling cold drinks. So at the right time, you can see the flocks of herons arrive.

The best part – you just need to sit back and enjoy the whole phenomenon with a drink in hand.

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Petulu

Location: Jl. Petulu, Petulu, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
How to get there: Drive through Jalan Tirta Tawar until you see the village sign.

16. Hug a honey bear – Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe

Yes, honey bears are predators and it sounds crazy to want to hug them, but this impossible feat is actually possible at the Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe.

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The factory was set up by Australian Toby Garritt, in pursuit of the way to create the best chocolate in the world. He’s slowly but surely approaching his goal, considering the raving reviews that his chocolates have received.

If you visit the factory, located within an elephant camp, you’ll be brought on a tour detailing how cocoa beans are harvested, and later made into chocolate. If you want to, you can even try making your own chocolate!

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And yes, you get to hug one of the three honey bears that live on the premises after being rescued from hunters. No, you won’t lose your head, and it only costs USD $10.

Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe

Location: Jalan Tukad Ayung, Carangsari, Petang, Bali 80353 (30 min drive from Ubud central)
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am to 4pm
Contact: +62 361 8086667

Official site 

17. Ride the river and visit a village! – Bali Adventure Rafting

The mighty Ayung River is the lifesource of Bali – and for most, getting up close and personal with this spectacular river is truly unforgettable.

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Keep a lookout for wildlife and spectacular waterfalls whilst drifting through the untouched Balinese rainforest. It’s like travelling through a long lost world with monkeys playing in the trees and thousands of different birdsongs.

If you love an adrenaline rush, then the 45 rapids of the Ayung will be more than enough to keep you entertained.

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No need to be nervous at taking on this challenge.  You will receive a full health and safety brief, helmets and life jackets; the brilliant guides will also be with you for the whole trip.

After 9.6km of exciting rafting, you will end the approximately 2-hour journey with hot showers, clean towels and changing rooms. After that, look forward to a hearty gourmet buffet at Bali Adventure Rafting’s private restaurant overlooking majestic mountains and gloriously serene paddy fields.

Excited yet? Bring along your waterproof camera case and get set to have a splashing good time!

Bali Adventure Rafting

Address: Ubud Adventure Centre, Jl. Raya Kedewatan, Ubud, Bali 80000,Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 721480
Prices: Adult USD $38, Children USD $23
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18. A waterfall pool that you can lounge in – Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan is one of the few waterfalls in Bali that aren’t situated in the highlands or mountains.

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Tegenungan waterfall is unique for its lush green surroundings and heavy water flow, perfect for swimming and enjoying the fresh water.

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With a nearby temple and bathing spot, it’s no surprise that Tegenungan is popular among locals looking for a quick escape from the city rush!

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Tegenungan Waterfall

Directions: To get to Tegenungan Waterfall, drive from Denpasar to the Tegenungan Kemenuh village, in Gianyar. The drive is just 16 kilometres, or about 30 minutes. But the falls remain quite isolated and you will need to descent hundreds of steps along the bank of the River Tukad Petanu to access it. Coordinates here.
Entrance feeRp 15,000

Where to stay: Find hotels near Ubud on Agoda  

19. Take an Eco Tour – The Green Village

Yes we know – all the villages in Bali are green with all those rice fields and tropical vegetation, but this one is super special.

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The Green Village was designed in 2006 by jewellery designer John Hardy, and later finished by his daughter. The result? A collection of bespoke, luxury bamboo homes all seamlessly integrated into the Ayung Valley nature.

Can you imagine a spectacular mansion made from only bamboo? You have to see it to believe it.

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Take a tour of the village to learn more about this amazing eco project. Visit the bamboo factory and see bamboo being harvested, treated and crafted into building materials and furniture.

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The Green School is where you can turn your hand to model workshops, building and joinery classes, and so much more.

Got green fingers and would love to find out more gardening tips and tricks? Stop by the Kul Kul farm to learn the art of permaculture and sustainable farming.

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If you are blown away by what the village has to offer, you can always look at staying in one of the beautiful houses. They are all available to rent for the week, so you can wake up in the village every morning.

Green Village

Address: Jl. Tanah Ayu, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Badung Bali 80352 Indonesia
Contact: +62 811 3922254
Opening hours: Morning Tour 10:00am Afternoon Tour 12:30pm
Prices: Tours for Adult USD $28 Morning (USD $33 Afternoon), Children USD $17 Morning (USD $20 Afternoon), and free for children under 10. Classes from USD $55.
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20. Experience one day as a Balinese Rice Farmer: Four Seasons Sayan

Our mothers have always told us to cherish the rice in our bowls, because of the immense effort it takes to plant and harvest them. But have you ever truly understood what goes behind each miniscule grain of rice?

Now, you can – by being a rice farmer for a day!

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As part of Four Season Sayan’s Extraordinary Experiences Initiative, guests can sign up for the complete rice farmer experience, from a scenic meal amongst rice paddies, planting seeds to transplanting little shoots.

After your hard work, you’ll even get to try out the traditional Balinese bathing ritual and lay back for a soothing massage.

If you’ve got a rice-hating child, now’s the time to drum the love of grains into their minds!

Four Seasons Sayan

How to join the rice farmer experience: Prior reservation necessary. Click here for more info. Hotel guests who are interested in having the one-day rice farmer experience can inform the front desk or activity desk.

Location: Jl. Raya Sayan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 977577

Website 

21. Stay in a rustic Joglo and shower under the stars – Bambu Indah

A stunning variety of themed antique teak homes set in the tropical gardens of the resort, are available for your picking at Bambu Indah.

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One of our favourites is the Udang House (shrimp house). It has a glass floor that allows you to see straight into the shrimp pond below, and a semi-outdoor bathroom that allows you to shower under the stars. (Just pretend you are under a waterfall!)

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Bambu Indah is sympathetic to the environment and avoids anything harmful to the local wildlife. For example, the water from the natural swimming pool is filtered through a vegetation regeneration zone and layers of lava rock. The result? A sparkling, clean, refreshing pool with no nasty chemicals.

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Be the King of the jungle with the Tarzan rope swing before plunging into a refreshing natural pool. This rope swing ensures hours of fun – and some awesome action shots!

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You can even climb up to a tree house in the compound that overlooks the valley!

Finish off a fantastic day watching the sun set from the Africa deck – life doesn’t get much better than this!

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An eco retreat no longer means insect-infested huts with no water or basic furnishings. Thanks to Bambu Indah, being green now means guilt-free luxury.

Bambu Indah

Address: Jl. Banjar Badung, Desa Sayan, Ubud Bali 80571 Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8868807
Price: From USD $120 per night (Udang House from USD $186 per night)

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22. Visit the rice terraces and watch the rice grow – Tegallalang Rice Terraces

The one vital thing that Ubud is most well-known for is its stunning and famed rice terraces! Make sure to follow the locals off-road into the paddy fields and be blown away by the fabulous view.

Remember not to rush and just weave your way through the fields in the afternoon sun. Instead, watch the happy locals busily harvesting their crops and get the true blue local experience of Ubud.

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These serene and relaxing rice fields are surely going to have a super calming effect on your mood, and make you forget all your worries in an instant.

If you’re wondering which particular rice terrace you should visit – the best we’ve found are the Tegallalang rice terraces north of Ubud’s city center. This exquisite terrace is located precisely on the hill bank, with a breathtaking valley panorama and coconut trees ornamenting the surroundings.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Getting There: A half hour drive from north of Ubud. Head east from Ubud’s main art market towards the statue intersection and further onwards north. Coordinates here
Entrance fee: No entrance fee, but donation required (about 25.000 Rupiah, approximately USD $2)

23. Leave with a jewelry souvenir and learn to make it too! – Studio Perak

Owned by Pak Ketut, this locally run jewelry business boasts the making of stunning, contemporary art pieces inspired by nature.

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Constituting of silver as well as semi precious stones, you can be sure that these Balinese treasures are as fine as they get!

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In addition to selecting a piece for you to take home from Ubud, this unique technique of Balinese Silversmithing is also generously passed on to all willing customers/students.

So relax and learn a new skill in an inspiring environment with the friendly professionals of Studio Perak.

Studio Perak

Address: JI. Hanoman, Ubud 80571, Gianyar, Bali
Contact: +62 361 974244
Opening Hours: Half Day Class Course from 9am to 12pm
Price: USD $34 / Rp 450.000 (For a 3-hour workshop lesson)
Website

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24. Go on the Romantic Campuhan Ridge Walk

The Campuhan Ridge Walk is an unusually romantic short trek that will take you through rice fields, past quaint Indonesian huts and beautifully designed villas.

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It is best to get a head start early in the morning (preferably before the sun rises) to prevent the scorching sun from ruining this experience.

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Butterflies will accompany you on the leisurely 2-3km stroll, and you’ll be able to take a pit stop on your way back at Karsa Kafe. Make sure to stay sufficiently hydrated and drink up before you make your way back out.

Campuhan Ridge Walk

Getting There: Start the journey at the Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas & Spa on Jl. Campuhan and head towards the school where parking is available. Upon reaching the Campuhan bridge, take the pathway on the right that leads towards Gunung Lebah Temple and continue till you see a paved road. Follow the paved road, for that’s where your journey begins.

Here’s a great guide on how to get there

25. Visit a temple in traditional Balinese attire – Ubud Water Palace, Saraswati temple

Regardless of one’s religious status, the ancient places of worship that Ubud has to offer must not be missed. Trivia: The infamous Saraswati temple was constructed in honor of the Hindu goddess of learning, literature and art!

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In addition to a beautiful lotus pond and water garden, this holy place boasts the presence of intricate, fine carvings, devil masks and magnificent statues to tickle your inner divinity.

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Additional entertainment include regular dance performances at night and rows of painters setting easels throughout the temple in the day. You may even opt to dress up and get pictured as a traditional Balinese in order to create memories to last for a lifetime.

Ubud Water Palace, Saraswati temple

Address: Jalan Raya. Kajeng, Ubud Kab, Gianyar, Bali

26. Become a yogi and take up an ecstatic dance class – Yoga Barn

Opting for a yoga retreat is the key to ease all your nerves and to refresh and rejuvenate yourself for the journey ahead. Ubud is characterised as one of the top 10 meditation retreat havens in the world.

Also read: 13 amazing and affordable Yoga retreats with a view in Bali

The spiritual atmosphere, healthy cafes and surrounding rice fields give Ubud’s yoga centers, such as Yoga Barn, an intensely good feel to live in.

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This artistically crafted studio captures the essence of the island. Dedicated to healing and renewal, Yoga Barn offers daily classes, workshops as well as access to your personal meditation style – one that particularly matches your personality and fitness goals.

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Yoga Barn

Address: PT. Yoga Barn, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali.
Contact: +62 361 971 236
Price: USD $333 per week

Official Website

27. Attend an organic gardening course – Har’s Garden

Har’s Garden, situated just north of Ubud, is the best organic produce plot that Bali has to offer.

This farm is owned by a duo of brothers, and is unique in not only offering customised courses related to raw vegetables. It also allows visitors to pick/harvest their own crop for a much more natural and familiar experience.

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The wide assortment of glorious juicy veggies available at Har’s Garden include everything from leafy greens and tomatoes to eggplant and peppermint, as well as various other herbs.

The added bonus is the decadent recipes of raw foods that are graciously provided by the host to everyone!

Har’s Garden

Address: Jalan Sri Wedari, Tegallantang, Ubud
Contact: +62 81 337 382 099
Opening Hours: 8am-4pm Mon-Sat

Official Website

28. Get Happy and Enlightened – Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert put Bali on the map and gave everyone that warm fuzzy feeling with her bestseller ‘Eat, pray, love’. After eating her way through Italy and seeking the divine spirit in India, it was in Bali that Elizabeth found love (although we think Bali is also perfect for eating and praying too).

We can’t promise you a whirlwind romance with a Brazilian businessman (read the book!) but you too can enjoy all the other highlights of her trip.

Feel the wind in your hair and sun on your face as you ride a bicycle through the paddy fields of Ubud – just like Julia Roberts in the film version of Eat, Pray, Love.

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Visit Ketut Lier, the same local medicine man that Elizabeth Gilbert spent many happy and enlightening hours with. Why not get a reading and see what your future holds, just for the fun of it!

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The best way to enjoy all of these things is with the Eat, Pray, Love package at the beautiful Kamandalu Hotel in Ubud. The package includes a bike tour, visit to Ketut Liyer, a romantic meal for two and discount spa treatments in this luxury hotel with spectacular views.

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Take your pencil case and maybe you too will be inspired to write something incredible. 😉

Ketut Liyer’s Home

Address: Banjar Kaja Pengosekan, Ubud,Gianyar, Bali

Recommendations: Make sure you arrive early and have more money to spare, as Ketut Liyer only sees 25 people per day and charges a higher consultation fee than most balians. Or you can request for your hotel to make an appointment with a balian for you. There are certain rules that visitors have to abide by, such as not passing money to the balian directly, so it’s probably better to read up a little before making the trip! Prices usually waver between USD $8 – USD $15, unless you need more complicated treatment.

 

Kamandalu Resort

From USD $280 per night (2 nights minimum)

Location: Jalan Raya Andong, Banjar Nagi, Petulu, Ubud, Bali, 80571 Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 975825

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29. Take a Fun Class – Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Centre

Want to spend your family time by doing something meaningful and fun at the same time? Take an off-

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beat day out at Pondok Pekak Library and learn a skill for a lifetime.

Learn Balinese specialities like Fruit-carving and Jewellery -Making. Get to know about Balinese cultures by trying your hand at Balinese Dance and Balinese Painting.

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Better still, learn the Balinese language and take back a little of Bali’s culture with you when your trip is over. These are the skills that you and your kids can awe the people back home with when you return. All this, at affordable fees starting from USD $7!

Book nerds can enjoy the well­-stocked collections of books at the library for a day or borrow them at affordable rates.

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Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Centre

Prices: Fees start at USD $7 for 1 hour classes
Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Sebelah Timur Lapangan Ubud, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Coordinates here
Contact:+62 361 976194
Opening hours: 9am-5pm

Official site

30. Drink up on the Best Coffee Bali has to offer – Seniman Coffee Studio

For coffee fanatics or otherwise, trying Bali’s special coffee brew is a definite experience no one should miss. You definitely have to plan a trip to one of the many coffee farms!

Watch as friendly locals show you the coffee roasting process, crushing of beans; and finally, brewing in water with additional herbs in order to provide you with a great cup of Kopi, herbal ginger tea, coffee ginseng, coconut coffee and more.

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However, visiting a coffee studio like Seniman Coffee Studio is the next best thing in the town of Ubud – if you wish to grab a cup of amazing Balinese coffee (specifically flat white) when short on time.

Seniman Coffee Studio

Address: Jalan Sriwedari No. 5, Ubud, Bali
Contact: +62 361 972085
Opening Hours: 8am-7pm

Official Website

It’s no surprise that Ubud has earned its spot in many people’s bucket list of places to visit.

Get ready to fall in love with this tucked away lush town where you could stay forever, take dreamy jaunts, find enlightenment and enjoy delectable Balinese fare – especially for those raw food lovers!

Are there any more awesome things to do in Ubud, comment below to let us know!

Write up for Campuhan Ridge Walk contributed by Dawn Pillay, Write up for Petulu bird watching, Bali Pulina Agro Tourism, Pod Chocolate Factory and Cafe contributed by Jiayi Ng, Write up for Ubud Botanical Garden contributed by Abigail Chang

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