1st Time in Ubud

What to Do in Ubud on Your 1st Visit

There’s much you can see and do in the cultural and artistic heartland of Ubud on your first visit. This popular upland destination is also profuse with nature scenes, from green rice terraces and valleys serving as backdrop to many art galleries and age-old temples and palaces. Most highlight spots are also actually within easy walking distance in the town hub alone, allowing for a quick day trip if you’re really pushed for time.

The centrepiece Puri Saren Royal Palace, home of nightly cultural shows, is just across the road from the souvenir-shopping haven of the Ubud Art Market. It’s then just a short walk down to the boutique-lined Jalan Hanoman ending up at the Ubud Monkey Forest. Other highlights such as the Goa Gajah temple are only several kilometres away. Here are some of the most popular travel ideas to help you plan your first visit to Ubud.

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Best Attractions in Ubud

Discover all the best things to do and see in this cool central upland area, ranging from ancient temples and majestic royal palaces, to wonderful panoramas of green hillsides and rice terraces. Ubud central is where to go for a wealth of culture, arts and crafts, while the outskirts offer scenic panoramas, including the iconic images of cascading rice terraces stretching off into the distance.

  • Tegallalang Rice Terraces

    Tegallalang Rice Terraces

    Ubud is famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies involving subak (the traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation Read More»

  • Goa Gajah Bali

    Goa Gajah - Elephant Cave

    Gajah Gajah is an archaeological complex with historical significance, great for a brief stopover on tours to the Ubud Read More»

  • Ubud Monkey Forest

    Ubud Monkey Forest

    Some refer to this site as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, and by its official designation, Mandala Wisata Read More»

Best Shopping in Ubud

You can strike great bargains at the colourful haven of arts and crafts that is Ubud. Here, we’ll show you the treasure troves, ranging from the island’s bustling art market right in the centre of town, where you can browse through endless rows of paintings, carvings, traditional garments and unique knick-knacks, to eclectic international designer boutiques.

  • Ubud Art Market

    Ubud Art Market

    Ubud Art Market, or 'Pasar Seni Ubud', is just opposite the Ubud Royal Palace. Open daily, here you can find beautiful Read More»

  • Sukawati Art Market

    Sukawati Art Market

    Sukawati Art Market, or 'Pasar Seni Sukawati', is Bali’s most distinguished and long-standing art market. Items here Read More»

  • Guwang Art Market in Bali

    Guwang Art Market, referred to locally as ‘Pasar Seni Guwang’, is a traditional art market in Bali that shares muchPasar Read More»

Best Tours in Ubud

Check out the most recommended Ubud tours to discover the best Bali’s cool cultural heartland has to offer. From magnificent sceneries that span green rice terraces and flowing valleys, to rich historical tours of centuries-old temples and palaces, these tours in Ubud pack in much of the area’s main attractions in single excursions.

Kintamani Volcano, Ubud & Barong Dance Performance

Enchanting Ubud Excursion

Private Handicrafts of Ubud Half-Day Tour

Must-See Temples

Here are the most beautiful temples to see in and around Ubud, to be added to your sightseeing checklists on your next historical and cultural tour. See from up close the ancient reliefs and classical Balinese temple architecture that is characteristic of these majestic sites, and learn about their colourful past. They’re also cool stopovers when sightseeing through town.

  • Tirta Empul Temple

    Tirta Empul is an important temple complex and holy mountain spring, located in the village of Manukaya in central Bali. Read More»

  • Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali

    Gunung Kawi Temple

    Gunung Kawi Temple complex is one of Bali’s most unique archaeological sites, comprising a collection of ancient shrine Read More»

  • Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple

    Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple

    Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple is one of Bali’s most beautiful, featuring verdant gardens, ponds and ancient shrines Read More»

Best Restaurants in Ubud

Here's some top ideas to consider for your next meal in Ubud. The restaurants listed cover everything from acclaimed venues offering French culinary techniques and presentations, along with traditional Balinese recipes. There's also plenty of wonderful dining spots where you can enjoy local and international fare with superb highland views.

Locavore Restaurant

Locavore Restaurant

Locavore in Ubud presents an ingredient-driven menu that features an exceptional interplay of flavours through creative Read More...

Bridges Bali

Bridges Bali

Bridges Bali is a fine-dining restaurant and wine bar located at the western end of the Campuhan Bridge in Ubud, serving Read More...

Mozaic Restaurant

Mozaic Restaurant

Enjoy eclectic French inspired cuisine incorporating local Balinese flavours at this award-winning garden restaurant and Read More...

Best Local Restaurants in Ubud

Here we’ll show you where to find the best Balinese restaurants in Ubud, all of which offer great introductions to the flavoursome local cuisines, and then some. Welcoming customers of all kinds and budgets, these local establishments welcome you to pop in and dine casually over exotic flavours through authentic dishes. Don’t leave Bali without sampling a meal in a local warung.

Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant Ubud

Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant

Bebek Tepi Sawah restaurant is one of the best places in Ubud to enjoy great local cuisine in a unique bamboo pavilion Read More...

Bebek Bengil

Bebek Bengil, ‘dirty duck’ in Indonesian hence the restaurant’s moniker, the Dirty Duck Diner, boasts a specialty menu Read More...

Murni's Bali

Murni’s serves great Balinese coffee, local traditional cuisine, and with an iconic boutique at front that displays rare Read More...

Best Nightlife in Ubud

Contrary to popular belief, you can still find some great nightlife scenes in Ubud! The best places to go at night in this rather quiet and traditional town range from the royal palace where cultural night performances with traditional dances are performed nightly, to a more modern bar scene with live music along the Monkey Forest Road.

  • Ubud Royal Palace

    Ubud Royal Palace

    The focal landmark of Ubud, the Ubud Royal Palace is one of the region’s most prominent highlights, located at the Read More»

  • Laughing Buddha Bar

    Laughing Buddha Bar

    One of the liveliest spots in Ubud offering a great selection of drinks, fusion cuisine, and regular live bands playing Read More»

  • XL Shisha Lounge

    Drop by this little spot right beside the landmark soccer field in Ubud central, for cosy dining inside Middle Eastern Read More»

Best Hotels in Ubud

Check out our selection of the best hotels in Ubud, ranging from those that offer you five-star stays with the region’s spectacular hillside settings and views, to mid-range and budget options that let you stay closer to the vast collection of art galleries, craft shops, museums, and excellent restaurants in the heart of Ubud town.

  • Top 10 Hotels in Ubud

    Top 10 Hotels in Ubud

    With so many amazing hotels in Ubud, finding the best one can be a real challenge, so to help you making the right Read More»

  • 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Ubud

    These best luxury hotels in Ubud include the finest hotels and villa resorts that gild the lush green mountain valleys Read More»

  • 10 Best Hotels Discounts in Ubud

    Don’t let these 10 most discounted hotels in Ubud pass you by! Now is your chance to book your favourite hotel or villa Read More»


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