1. Temple tour
Check out my 3 Must-see Temples in Bali here.
2. Wander the traditional art markets
The Ubud Art Market is located in central Ubud opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace. Here you will find an extensive amount of beautiful locally crafted goods such as handmade woven bags, purses and baskets, hand crafted, wood-carved buddhas, bowls, and other ornaments, bright clothing, blankets and pillows, of which you can bargain your way to a good price. The products tend to be made in the neighbouring villages of Tegallalang, Payangan and Peliatan, and taking a drive to the temples will allow you to see the locals hard at work creating their beautiful handicrafts and souvenirs.
3. Experience the Monkey Forest
A trip to Ubud is not complete with a trip to the Monkey Forest. It is located in central Ubud so you can easily spend an afternoon here after visiting the markets as it is open daily until 6pm. The entrance fee costs a minor 30,000IDR for adults and 15,000IDR for children. The monkeys are mischievous characters and are sure to give you a great laugh, but be sure to remove anything shiny such as jewellery (especially earrings) as they are lovers of all things glistening and won’t hesitate to steal from you.
4. Visit a coffee plantation
Ubud is proud of its Kopi Luwak Coffee Plantations and rightly so. They are absolutely magnificent and allow tourists to explore the plantation, feed the Luwaks, taste a variety of coffee flavours, and even purchase some to take home from the on-site shop. As a coffee addict this was a highlight of the trip for me, and I discovered delicious flavours such as vanilla coffee and cinnamon tea, not forgetting the famous Kopi Luwak that is made from the droppings of the Luwak.
5. Take a dip in the waterfalls
Visiting and swimming in natures spectacular waterfalls have got to be on every nomads bucket list, and there really is no better place to tick the experience off than in the wonder that is Ubud, Bali. There are several tours that incorporate a trip to various waterfalls so it can easily be incorporated into a sightseeing day tour. The Sekumpul waterfall is an absolutely stunning collection of seven waterfalls (“Sekumpul” meaning “group” in Indonesian), with the tallest waterfall at a staggering 50-metres high.
6. Take a Yoga class
Ubud is well known as the idealistic retreat for rejuvenation, so it comes as no surprise that Yoga is thriving here. There are an extensive amount of Yoga retreats and classes available so you will not be short of somewhere to practice. The location provides the perfect backdrop and tranquility to relax and unwind. The Yoga Barn is one of the largest retreat centres in South East Asia. A popular location that provides classes and workshops year-round from early morning to late evening. The Yoga Barn is an artistically crafted studio and retreat centre that captures the true essence of the island of Ubud.
7. Lunch at the Alchemy
The Alchemy is the first 100% raw vegan cafe in Bali. It provides freshly prepared dishes that are free from refined sugar, flour, dairy, wheat and chemical additives. They offer a wholesome raw and vegan salad bar that serves the best buddha bowls in Bali. You will find everything from zucchini pasta and coconut noodles, to raw burgers and curried vegetables. The real treat here is the juice menu that is full of organic, energising juices, as well as the dessert bar serving mouthwatering raw chocolates, truffles, brownies and more. Situated in-store is the Alchemy’s own health store stocking superfoods, organic produce, and cosmetics for you to take home.