Check out these 10 fun things to do in Ubud. As one of the popular towns in Bali, Ubud is famous for its wonderful arts, rice terraces, spa, and yoga. In fact, Ubud is metaphorically a cultural center of Bali. Here, the local people are also friendly while the architectures are beautiful with a lot of tourist attractions to keep you busy.
Ubud has been geared very much to tourists, therefore, it does not lack in tourist attractions or fun things to do. Out of all 14 villages making up the whole Ubud, you can find a lot of hidden Indonesian treasures and fun filled activities among the people with their quiet everyday village life. You will feel the peaceful atmosphere of Ubud as soon as you enter this area.
Here are the 10 fun things to do in Ubud you should know before you go there:
1. Explore the paddy fields of Tegalalang
Unarguably, exploring the paddy fields is the most popular thing to do in Ubud. The beautiful landscapes lined with rice terraces, running through with brilliantly blue streams with dramatic limestone and valleys create a breathtaking backdrop. You can certainly take a lot of instagrammable wonderful pictures here.
Nonetheless, the best way to explore this area is riding on a motorbike so that you can feel the refreshing cool wind while listening to every sound and seeing every sight in person. At the northeast of Tegalalang, you will find the classic paddy field terraces that are so respected all over Asia. Riding the motorbike here will keep you well captivated as you see the greeneries stretching out as far as the eye can see. If you are not into motorbike, then you may join one of the Ubud rice fields trekking tours that will take you around.
2. Take an Ubud cycling tour
Cycling becomes one of the fun things to do in Ubud, a place of stunning and amazing sceneries. Besides the cycling tours, you can taste the delicious Balinese food along the way and also interact with the locals you meet. This is truly such an experience you should not miss in Ubud. There are actually a lot of cycling tours in Ubud to choose from or if you want it to be a leisure one, try out the electric bike tour. Some of the other popular bike tours include Greenbike Cycling Tour, Baligobike, Bali Bike Baik and Bali on Bike.
3. Watch Kecak Dance
Kecak Dance is one of the most popular traditional dances in Bali and one of the best place to watch it is in Ubud. This dance comes from the legend of Legong and Barong, a dance from the south of Ubud, with a story of a never-ending battle between good and evil. Commonly known as the fire dance that is set to impress the people watching it, Kecak dance is truly special. You should certainly watch this dance at its origin at the road to Sanur within Ubud and you will enjoy its pure authenticity.
4. Visit Neka Art Museum
The most important art museum in Ubud among so many existing here is Neka Art Museum featuring a lot of traditional paintings. This museum is distinct itself with the creations of Suteja Neka, a private collector and dealer of Balinese arts. Opened in 1982, this museum has continued to keep wonderful selections of works from a lot of famous Balinese artists.
5. Visit Agung Rai Museum of Arts
Another art museum that is worth visiting is Agung Rai Museum of Arts (ARMA Museum). Here, it is different from many cultural activities. It is also home to so many famous international Balinese artists. There is also a kafe (cafe) providing tea and coffee inside the museum.
6. Walk around the Ubud Market
This double-story-market is located at Jalan Raya Ubud, just around the corner of Jalan Monkey Forest. It keeps a lot of stalls selling all kinds of items from woodcarvings, batik, sarong, souvenirs and much more. You should go upstairs to hunt for your bargain as the price is usually lower up there, but bear in mind that you would need to enhance your bargaining skills.
7. Take a walk in Monkey Forest
Although not exactly one of the things you might be eager to do in Ubud, Monkey Forest turns out to be one of the places that travelers will visit no matter out of curiosity or for some good old laugh. Besides being entertained by antics of the monkeys, you can actually have an amazing adventure amidst a lush forest with old carved stones that will make a wondrous walk. Yet, do take care of your belongings as the monkeys can be really naughty.
8. Take up a cooking class in Ubud
Balinese cuisine has been well known across the globe and most travelers here enjoy the food very much. What could be much better than eating the food after learning how to make it? Your friends and families back home will definitely love you for it. There are plenty cooking classes in Ubud and some of the popular ones here are Lobong Cooking Class, Payuk Bali Cooking Class, and Paon Bali Cooking Class.
9. Relax with spa and massages
Ubud is very popular for offering good spa and massages at very reasonable prices. Hence, you will be spoilt for so many choices available as you go out and walk around Ubud to find the soothing spa and massages. These indulging sessions show top notch of true Balinese hospitality that will leave you feeling like a prince and a princess and well rejuvenated from all the constant traveling and heat.
10. Have a Yoga session
If self-pampering is still not enough, well it is time to revitalize yourself with yoga. You can join the classes here mostly well run by locals and expats alike and you will be amazed on quite a number of choices to choose from. Two of the famous yoga studios are the Yoga Barn and Radiantly Alive. You will be very sure to find one that will suit your level, so dont get too worry and just enjoy your yoga.
Those 10 fun things to do in Ubud will make your holiday so memorable. Besides that, you can go to nearby places in Ubud since there are a lot more that Bali can offer you.