Once you are outside of Canggu or Denpasar, you can see nature taking over the streets again. You can breathe in the fresh air instead of the engines and you are passing green rice fields. The volcano is visible in the background and slowly the roads get steeper, this can only mean one thing, you are arriving in Ubud. After your city trip, it’s finally time to experience the green scenery in Bali.
Ubud is one of the popular destinations you can find all over the internet, but this place has so much more to offer than what you see online. But where do you start your day trip in Ubud?
Put your directions to the Tegallalang Rice Terrace. After a long drive, you want to see the large rice fields directly. Enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the many restaurants looking over the rice fields. This place is perfect to dream away and reload your energy. You will spot the farmers working in the fields while you are walking through the rice paddies. It is best to visit this place in the morning, at this time, you can enjoy the silence and see the morning fog.
Get your hands dirty and let your creativity do its thing. Next up is to take a pottery class in Ubud. What’s more fun than to create your own souvenir? There are many places in Ubud you can visit to spin the wheel and have some fun with your friends. A class takes around an hour, so you will have enough time to see the rest of the area. It is smart to reserve a spot to make sure the shop has room for you and your friends.
After this much excitement, you need to chill for a bit, but not too much; there is still a lot to see. Go to Ubud’s Art Market to enjoy a nice lunch. The streets around the Art Market are full of little restaurants and cafes. In case you need more souvenirs besides your self-created pot, you’re at the right address in Ubud’s Art Market. On this street, there are many little shops trying to sell you their products, from traditional Balinese outfits to unique art pieces; you can find them at the Art Market.
The next thing to do is to enjoy a nice walk in Ubud’s green scenery. For the brave people under us, visit Monkey Forest and be greeted by countless monkeys. Already at the entrance of the forest and on your way up, you can see the monkeys jumping down the trees. The monkeys will mostly steal your attention and your bag (make sure to zip it) but try to also enjoy the nature around you.
For the ones who don’t mind skipping Monkey Forest, the Campuhan Ridge Walk is a two-kilometer walking path where you can also enjoy Ubud’s jungle. Here, you are likely to walk alone, with no others behind or in front of you. Spot the centipedes crawling over the ground and the butterflies flying over your head. The path is right through Ubud’s green jungle, and here you can definitely reload from your busy days. Before entering the path, you will walk past a beautiful temple surrounded by jungle that you simply cannot skip. This path is accessible to young and old and is not too difficult to walk. At the end of your walk, you will find little restaurants where you can enjoy a cool drink to quench your thirst.
End your day at the Ubud Palace and watch the Legong dance. Get a glimpse of the traditional Balinese culture. The Legong Dance is a royal court performance that tells a story through dance and music; it is something you cannot miss. Sit back for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and enjoy a story that will bring you back to another world. You can book your tickets online or at the door, but be on time to avoid the crowd.
Even though one day is not enough to see everything in Ubud, you are still able to cover a lot. To be able to go from one place to the other, have access to a scooter, as public transportation is not available, and the locations are spread all over Ubud. It is recommended that you stay a little bit longer. There are many hotels and resorts to pick from in Ubud. Even though Bali has a lot of diverse nature, Ubud is a unique place you have to be able to cross off your bucket list.