Things to do in Ubud

Monkey watching, spa and massage treatments, fine dining and experiencing Ubuds lush green rice terraces are among the many things to do in Ubud. Here are the things to do in Ubud list:

1. Museum Puri Lukisan

This “Palace of Paintings” showcases modern Balinese paintings and drawings and is mandatory for anyone with an interest in Balinese art.

As you walk through the museums three buildings, you will see how Balinese painting styles have developed since the 1930’s up till to day.

Even without the paintings Museum Puri Lukasan would be worth a visit just for the tropical garden with its status and lotus flower ponds.

2. Enjoy the beauty of the rice terraces around Ubud

The most visited and photographed rice paddies in the Ubud area are the beautiful terraced fields at Tegallalang.

Another option is just to go exploring the rice paddies surrounding Ubud on your own. That gives you the opportunity to soak in the beauty of the fields without the crowds.

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3. Visit Pura Taman Saraswati

This picturesque temple located right in the heart of Ubud honors Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, literature and art.

Pura Taman Saraswati is set within a beautiful water garden with thousands of lotus flowers, so bring your camera.

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4. Take a walk in the Monkey forest

The Monkey forest is the home of a group of Balinese long-tailed macaques.They are not shy, so hold on to your belongings.

Apart from the monkeys you’ll also find 3 temples within the forest, including Pura Dalem Agung (The temple of death) which has some interesting carvings.

5. Enjoy a Yoga lesson

Ubud is the spiritual capital of Bali and is the ideal place for yoga. The people at The Yoga Barn will help you to get your lotus position just right.

6. Bike your way through Bali’s countryside

Biking is a great way to explore Bali’s country side.

You can rent a bike and go on your own or you can join an organized tour with – see our list of Ubud cycling tour operators here .

If you go on your own, stick to the back roads as the traffic on the main roads can be nerve wrecking.

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7. Visit Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)

The ARMA is much more than an art museum it is also the host of a large number of cultural events.

The museum is set in a beautiful garden and is the only place in Bali where you see paintings of the highly influential German painter Walter Spies.

8. Dine at Mozaic

Mozaic is by many considered to be Bali’s best restaurant.

Chef Salan prepares different tasting menu’s you can enjoy inside or in the beautiful garden. The cuisine is French with a Balinese flavor.

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9. Visit Gunung Kawi

These ancient monuments are the closest thing you come to Angkor Wat in Bali. Gunung Kawi is located 18 km north east of Ubud and consists of 10 impressive rock-carved shrines.

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10. Experience a traditional dance show

There are plenty of traditional dance shows to choose from in Ubud, including the impressive kecak fire and trance dance.

Shows are held on different venues, so the best way to find a dance show is to go to the tourist office and ask for the schedule for the period you are in town.

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