Ubud is situated in the uplands of Bali north of the hustle and bustle of the Denpasar region. It is extremely more lush and greener than the South which was a nice change of scenery for us coming from the rocky Nusa islands.
Straight away from entering this region we could feel the cooler climate and more laid back culture hit us from seeing the way people acted, both travelers and locals, and the activities on offer here (massages, spa’s, yoga courses, etc…).
There is a lot of great hostels on offer in Ubud and we possibly couldn’t list them all however we must say that our stay at the Puri Garden Hostel is a great choice. It was hands down one of the best hostels we stayed at due to a great social atmosphere, an amazing cool pool with hammocks and enormous beds. However the price is more on the “high-end” scale of hostels so if you want to save some cash we will let you in on a secret. Apparently if you stay at the hostel opposite (near the laundry and bike rental kiosk) you will have beds for half the price (pretty standard size rooms etc…) and yet be able to use the pool and chill out zone still.
Three day itinerary
For our first day we decided we had to go and see the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary which is very central to Ubud and is easily accessible by foot. The entrance fee is 50,000 IDR (€ 3.00) and is well worth a stroll around the kind of Jurassic park of monkeys who do a whole array of activities from acrobatics to broad-daylight thievery. Only a few things to note is to remain calm, do not bring food, keep your bags zipped tight and closed and keep those water bottles hidden.
After the forest you can walk North towards to the Campuhan Ridge Walk which was a great introduction to the beautiful nature and scenic views that Ubud have to offer. Once you get the top you can enjoy a beverage and a sit down and then make you way all the way back down again.
On the way back to your hostel you can stop off by the Saraswati Temple which has some great lotus ponds and beautiful structures to enjoy in the afternoon sun.
Finally if you are feeling peckish then drop on by the cosy and quaint Warung Makan Bu Rus. We had a great time in the quiet and tranquil back area eating some hard-earned lunch beside some cooling fans.
Rent a scooter journey North towards the Tegallalang Rice Terraces but don’t take the main road as it will be intensely busy and not very scenic. Instead take the road that goes a lot side it to the east called “Jl. Tirta Tawar” (This is where we turned off the main road and went North). Please note that is much better to go as early as possible as you will be able to enjoy the Terraces with much less people around.
After the Terraces you will need to get over to Air Terjun Nungnung waterfall which is the biggest and most impressive waterfall in Bali. The ride will be a much longer one but also quite enjoyable as it will get cooler and even more green the further North you go. You can park up and make you way down the good amount of stairs and stand in awe as you witness the extremely powerful and life-creating waterfall.
Now it’s time to relax and enjoy one of the many spas or yoga classes that Ubud has to offer or if you like you can just spend the day relaxing by the pool. It’s important to rest and Ubud is great place to do this for the mind, body and the soul.
After our three days there we definitely felt rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of Bali so we recommended you do the same if you are feeling like things are getting too hectic and are in need of a bit of a break!