Ubud in Bali, Indonesia is the culturally rich destination with multiple options for visitors.
At times, you get into a question if Bali is the only place that you could visit in Indonesia and I would say after my travel in January 2020, that it is not, it is definitely famous for the variety it has on offer.
Indonesia is the 14th largest country in the world, has around 17,000 islands and around 700 regional languages!The largest Island country in the world!
Starting our Journey from Denpasar International Airport
We started our journey from Denpasar International Airport in the hotel cab we asked for.
Considering our first international family trip, we wanted to start off on a positive note!
Now with all the planning, you tend to hit a roadblock as we missed out on Forex Exchange and we had problems in withdrawing cash at the ATM machines at the airport.
Our Chauffeur was very helpful to help in finding a working ATM, a relieving moment that we were able to withdraw!
We stayed at Elements by Westin Bali, Ubud and was a good property, centrally located with good buffet and ala-carte.
The stay was good with no major challenges and felt was economical to look for places around too.
Coming to planning your trip to Ubud in Bali!
Duration in Ubud, Bali
We stayed for 3D/2N at Ubud and felt it was not too sufficient for looking around the places around Ubud itself.
As the destination has good places to explore we had left out a few places for a second visit.
I would recommend you:
- to allow for a couple of more days for a relaxed exploring of this wonderful town
- to look for alternative places to visit around Ubud
Getting around in Ubud, Bali
Within the limits of Ubud, if you are looking at strolling places, you could request for cycles as the roads are narrow.
Alternatively, most hotels have motorbikes / mopeds on hire which can be opted for nominal rents.
If you are looking at exploring slightly far-off places, you could hire a cab/taxi to take you around.
We arranged a taxi through the front desk and the experience was good and am sharing the contact details here.
They are UBUD locals and the father-son duo are fun to travel with as they take good effort in sharing more details of culture and places to visit.
Local Attractions in and around Ubud
The Google map below outlines all major attractions that you should not miss on your Ubud visit!
I have tried capturing the most famous places of attraction in Google Maps for you to plan your trip effectively.
Our typical day started at around 06:00 hours with the sun slowly rising and a bit of swimming to head to our breakfast at the restaurant.
We started on our trip out of the hotel property around 09:30 and realized that the sun has decided to burn us on day one!
I would recommend that you start out around 06:00 hours from your hotel and try mapping out your day plan from the farthest place of attraction to the closest to your hotel area. This would be something which we did on day two and really enjoyed as you tend to get tired by evening under Bali Sun!
Should you feel, I missed out on any places and would recommend them to be added, please share your inputs in the comments section of this blog post.
Where to Stay in Ubud
Staying in Ubud is a wonderful experience.
You would be able to bump into properties ranging from B&B to premium hotels in the region.
Here are a few recommendations and you could select hotel/resort basis your budget requirements:
Food Options for Vegetarians in Ubud
We have been vegetarians all our life and have not experienced even egg and anywhere out of India,
We started our journey with this worry that food may end up being a challenge.
Happy time as the chef at Elements by Westin were accommodating to understand our diet options and plan accordingly.
We enjoyed simple yet nourishing vegetarian food options like Nasi Goreng which is rice with vegetables minus the egg along with rice cake as accompaniments.
Planning your Itinerary
We followed the below itinerary while visiting various places of attraction
Do read through this post by Breathing Travel for Offbeat Bali
The link above captures the day wise plan for you to consider as you plan your Ubud itinerary!
Recommendations to plan your Itinerary:
- Most of the tourist attractions can be bustling with tourists, talk to your hotel / driver on best times to visit them
- Do see if the place of attraction you desire to visit has similar alternatives and plan to go to the less visited
- Hire a cab for comfort to travel around places while knowing the importance
Our Recommendations of the places:
Plan far-off places to start with and then head over to the places closer to the place you stay!
- Starting at 06:00 Hrs (earlier if possible) to visit Campuhan Ridge Walk, Early start is recommended due to the sun and carry water and sunscreen (Entrance is free)
- The next stop would be Penestanan Stairs, these stairs, connect Central Ubud to Penestanan village
- Next stop is Saraswati temple, officially, Pura Taman Kemuda Saraswati, also known as the Ubud Water Palace, is a Balinese Hindu temple
- After a visit to the temple, plan to spend at the Art Market and then head to Tegenungan waterfall close to lunch time for a wonderful lunch post sometime at the waterfall (Entrance fee – 15,000 IDR. Parking for cars – 5,000 IDR! Down at the falls there are lockers available for 10,000 Rupiah and toilets for 3,000 Rupiah)
- Post lunch, I would recommend going to the Sacred Money forest to have a nice afternoon (Tip: You could skip this place and visit Sangeh Monkey Forest on way to Munduk and entrance fee is 80,000 Indonesian Rupiahs and for children 60,000 rupiahs)
After a wonderful day one, I would recommend the below for your day two:
- Start with Goa Gajeh in the morning after your breakfast, approx time that you would need here would be anywhere between 30-45 minutes (entrance fee is 15,000 rupiah / person)
- Head over to Goa Rang Reng waterfall for a wonderful waterfall experience in Bali
- The next stop in your itinerary would be Air Terjun Tibumana which is another waterfall destination (entrance fee is 15,000 rupiah / person)
- The final stop of day two would be Tegallalang Rice Fields, my strong recommendation would be planning this destination towards the evening or early in the morning for lesser people around (entrance fee is 15,000 rupiah / person)
Must Carry Items:
- Carry enough water as Bali tends to get hot as the day progresses
- Ensure you have munchies for snacks
- Carry enough sunscreen to prevent yourself from sun-burns
- Download offline maps to be on a safer side
Finally, my experience and recommendation is a stay of around two – three days to explore the places around so that you could see the city at leisure and not to rush around.
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