Top 10 Things to Do in Ubud, Bali (updated 2024)

Are you looking for the top 10 things to do in Ubud, Bali? There is so much to see and do in Ubud and if you have limited time then this travel guide is just for you. I was overwhelmed with too much choice when I visited Bali. So I’ve compiled a list of the most epic activities like riding a swing with a flying dress or enjoying a boat ride among koi fish. Read on for the best travel guide to Ubud.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Ubud, Bali

Ubud, is located in the heart of Bali, Indonesia in Southeast Asia. It’s a cultural hub known for its lush landscapes, artistic community, and spiritual ambiance. Surrounded by rice terraces, the town is full of Balinese architecture, bustling markets, and an exploding arts scene. Famous for its numerous temples, including the Ubud Royal Palace, and cultural events such as dance performances, no wonder Ubud attracts travelers from all over the world. Below we’ll get into the top 10 things to do in Ubud. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve visited Bali before, these are the must see and do activities.

1. Visit a Rice Terrace

Tegalalang Rice Terrace also known as the Ceking Rice Terrace is probably the most famous and top attraction in Ubud. Here you’ll be surrounded by lush green landscapes. The rice paddies are carved into the hills creating stunning and intricate patterns. The place has transformed into a huge tourist attraction equipped with swings, many unique photo points, and a cafe.

As you can imagine, it’s a busy place. The best time to visit is at opening at 8am. If you can catch the sunrise here, even better.

If you’re looking for a less busy option, there are stunning rice paddies all over Ubud. Bamjar Mancunian is one of them and you’ll find very few tourists! It is not to far from Tegalalang Rice Terrace so you can visit both.

📍Location: Ceking Rice Terrace (Google Maps)

2. See the Monkeys at the Ubud Monkey Forest 

The Ubud Monkey Forest is a must-see thing to do in Ubud. Located in central Ubud, it is home to hundreds of long-tailed macaques. It’s really unique to be able to observe these monkeys and spot them in such a beautiful surrounding. Along the way you’ll find ancient temple ruins and moss-covered statues too. Just be sure to be respectful of the animals here and don’t make loud noises or stare at them. It is recommended to not wear loose jewelry, sunglasses, or big valuables as the monkeys are known to sometimes steal.

📍Location: Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Google Maps)
The entrance fee is 80,000 IDR ($6)

3. Bathe in Holy Springs at Pura Tirta Empul

Tirta Empul Temple is a sacred spring that is believed to possess purifying properties. It dates back to the 10th century, with a temple complex featuring traditional Balinese architecture. On the premises, you’ll find courtyards, shrines, and pavilions. All visitors have the option to partake in purification rituals by bathing in the holy spring’s 30 water spouts which symbolize different Hindu deities. This temple is an unmissable experience as you get to witness Balinese Hindu traditions within beautiful yet tranquil surroundings.

📍Location: Pura Tirta Empul (Google Maps)

4. Sample Coffee at a Coffee Plantation

Another popular activity in Ubud is visiting a local coffee plantation and sampling coffee. Coffee holds immense cultural importance in Bali, as it provides a sense of community and hospitality. The ritual of sharing a cup of coffee is deeply ingrained in Balinese traditions.

There are many coffee plantations in Bali. I visited a coffee shop, Satria Agrowisata. It was the perfect place to enjoy my cup of coffee.

📍Location: Satria Agrowisata (Google Maps)

5. Swing in a Flying Dress

One of my favorite moments in Bali was dressing up in a flying dress and swinging into a jungle. There are so many swings and photo worthy spots in Bali and this is one of them. I went to Satria Swing which is a bit less crowded than most other famous swings in Ubud. I was able to rent this dress and then swing in it. It is super safe as the pictures may look deceiving. You are strapped into the swing and you have several guys helping you get on and pushing you so you can easily swing. They will be all about helping you take the best photo too.

📍Location: Satria Swing (Google Maps)

6. Soak in a Flower Bath

One of the best things to do in Ubud is take a flower bath. Kaveri Spa was where I had my flower bath and it is the most instagrammable location. The spa is part of a beautiful hotel called the Udaya in Ubud. However, you can find flower baths all over Bali!

What I loved about the one at Kaveri Spa was that I could select my own custom design for my flower bath. I couldn’t decide between a heart and a star so I told them and the staff was super helpful. To my surprise, they combined a heart within a star which I truly loved!

📍Location: Kaveri Spa at the Udaya (Google Maps)

7. Hike the Campuhan Ridge Walk 

Campuhan Ridge Walk is a beautiful paved walking trail that offers insane views and a lush green backdrop. It is a pretty easy hike to do and will take about 20-30 minutes one way to walk. Going at sunset is a must to see the orangey hues of the sky while you’re in the midst of nature.

📍Location: Campuhan Ridge Walk (Google Maps)

8. Admire the Koi Fish at Tirta Gangga

Tirta Gangga is a water palace built in the early 20th century by the royal family of Karangasem. Tirta Gangga translates to “Water of the Ganges,” reflecting its significance as a holy site. Here, you’ll find an intricate network of pools, fountains, and lush gardens with statues and stone carvings. You can step along the stones laid on top of the water to get a closer look at all the vibrantly orange koi fish. However, the fish are slightly overfed and you can see how large they are which is a bit sad so refrain from feeding them too much. The place was super crowded when I visited and therefore very difficult to get nice photos.

📍Location: Tirta Gangga (Google Maps)

9. Swim in a Waterfall

Visiting the waterfalls and taking a dip is a must-do activity while in Ubud. There are quite a few popular waterfalls to choose from near Ubud. Those include Kanto Lampo Waterfall, Tegenungan Waterfall, and Tibumana Waterfall.

I found them to be quite busy which can sometimes take away from the beauty. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I love a good hidden gem. So I loved discovering some of the secret waterfalls such as Bayad Waterfall (first two pictures above). Mid-day me and my friends literally had it to ourselves. Plus, I had fun jumping behind the waterfall and really taking in the waterfall!

📍Locations:
Bayad Waterfall (Google Maps)
Kanto Lampo Waterfall (Google Maps)
Tegenungan Waterfall (Google Maps)
Tibumana Waterfall (Google Maps).

10. Have lunch in a boat surrounded by Koi fish 

One of the most unique things to do in Ubud was visit the Kamandalu Hotel during lunchtime or dinner and take a boat lunch surrounded by koi fish. Two meals will be served on the boat in a tropical setting. They provide fish food so you can feed the fish and see them swim up naturally to the boat. The cost for this experience is €111.

You can learn more about the experience here. If you are lucky enough to stay here, you can book a room here.

📍Location: Kamandalu Hotel (Google Maps)
🎟️ Book this experience here for lunch or here for dinner

Hopefully, you enjoyed reading this post on the top things to do in Ubud, Bali!

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