For once, let’s forget the hip and happening scene of Seminyak, the luxurious Nusa Dua, or the crowded beach of Kuta. How about we travel Ubud, to the unique cultural hub of Bali for a change? From the scenic green panorama, vibrant local vibes, mesmerizing art centers to peaceful activities, Ubud is going to be a fresh change of scene you never know you needed. Whenever you’re ready, here are the top 6 picks for the most refreshing things to do at Ubud:
The Tegalalang Rice Terraces really needs no lengthy introduction. This iconic spot is well known for its dramatic views of emerald green slopes with a local irrigation system, namely subak. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the sight alone is awe-inspiring but the story behind it will make you fall in love with this place even more. The rice terraces were built in a way that reflects the Balinese philosophy of life or Tri Hita Karana. In essence, they are paying respect by creating harmony with nature, other humans and gods. So remember to take in that magical vibe and snap a few instagrammable pics when you’re there.
If you’re a fan of exotic temple and the playful creatures, we recommend visiting the lush forest where hundreds of monkeys roam free. Located in Padangtegal Village, this over 12 hectare of land offers an exploration of nature with spiritual and educational atmosphere all around. As a sanctuary to the grey long-tailed macaques, you’ll enjoy the collection of ancient temples and moss-covered statues under the tall green canopies. Just be warned, the monkeys can be cheeky at times but generally won’t turn aggressive unless provoked. So play it nice and you’ll get an afternoon of wonderful experience for sure.
Up for some free and easy trekking? Just head over to Campuhan Ridge Walk which is arguably one of the most popular and favorite trekking spots for good reasons. The hilly areas boast a superbly photogenic green vistas with contours that are truly soul-soothing. Combined this with the awesome rice fields views, it’s no wonder that tourists and locals flock here on the daily for the dose of nature.
We recommend heading for the location either early in the morning for sunrise of late afternoon before sunset, you’ll not only get a good leg stretch but some rejuvenating views that will calm your mind.
Thanks to Ubud’s talented artists and craftsmen, there is a wealth of carvings, paintings, clothings, local souvenirs, and other handicrafts to be discovered at any given minute. Just head over to Ubud Traditional Art Market or Sukmawati Art Market and you’ll soon blend into the vibrant shopping scene. You will not only be spoiled for choices when shopping in Ubud, but may score some authentic purchases at affordable prices too. If you’re not into shopping or bargaining, you can always channel your inner Julia Roberts character in Eat Pray Love by strolling around and seeing all the gorgeous colors through her eyes here!
Known as Bali’s art and culture capital, there’s no better place to witness the magnificent traditional performances than Ubud. From the notorious Kecak fire or Legong dance, gamelan practice, to other Balinese art ceremonies, Ubud packs a full schedule in different locations which you can adjust to your own preference. You can also catch one of these performances anywhere from the Royal Palace and public places. More than just observing, you can even join in the fun by learning traditional performances or trying your hands on local crafts!
Ubud is a yoga heaven one simply must not miss! Whether you’re a beginner or long-time fan, there’ always a perfect class for you somewhere in the abundance of Ubud yoga studios. You will find a range of classes of all different levels of ability, designed to fit your stamina. It’s really only natural to get on the mat and join yoga here, what better way than to inhale-exhale and truly immerse yourself as one with the tranquil Ubud surroundings?
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