Apart from its majestic scenery and exotic ambience, the truly incredible range of Ubud activities make it a destination visitors want to return to again and again.
The town is easy to explore on foot and by bike. Numerous local companies, like Bali Eco Cycling offer day tours and activities.
In and around town you can walk to the Ubud Palace, which is also the venue for traditional Legong performances at night. The Monkey Forest Temple and Gunung Lebah Temple are also close by. Campuhan Hill Ridge, on the outskirts of Ubud, has a relaxing two kilometre walking trail with views over the surrounding countryside.
Eat, drink, shop
The art market in the centre of Ubud is busy year round. Otherwise, there are literally hundreds of shops and artisan workshops to visit. Handicrafts are the big drawcard, but travellers also take home health and wellness products, fashion, and homewares. Make sure you pack light, so you have plenty of luggage room for your bargain buys.
Ubud’s many restaurants and cafés offer all kinds of international cuisine, but rich and spicy Balinese specialties are not to be missed. The iconic Lotus Café has been open since 1983 and overlooks a lotus pond and an adjacent temple. The café holds traditional performances every night, except Friday, that you can enjoy while dining.
Learn something new
Ubud is the place for classes of all kinds, from yoga and meditation, to cooking, to arts and crafts.
If you’re interested in Balinese culture, the not for profit Pondok Pekak Library doesn’t just have books. Adults and kids can take classes in dance, music, painting, jewellery making and more.
Other studios and workshops, like the Five Art Studio, also hold private classes in woodcarving, painting and batik for adults and kids. With friendly one to one tuition, these might be your most memorable Ubud activities.
Balinese cuisine is a spicy and rich regional variation on Indonesian cooking. A number of schools run classes. Some like the Be Bali day class are an immersive experience of life on an authentic family farm.
Ubud activities further afield
Day tours are available to the historic temples in Bali’s hills and mountains. The most famous are the 11th century Gunung Kawi shrines. An ancient king had these funeral memorials for his queen and concubines carved into seven metre stone niches on a steep hillside. Photographers will also love the serene rice field terraces at Jatiluwih and Tegalalang.
Or see the iconic Ulun Danu Bratan temple at the edge of Lake Bratan.
The Bali Treetop park is not far from the Ulun Danu Bratan temple, with ziplining and climbing adventures for the whole family.
Perhaps greet the sunrise on a trek to the top of Mt Agung. Overlooking the Mt Batur volcanic caldera the peak has with views beyond to neighbouring Lombok Island.