Have you ever wanted to hit up all Ubud has to offer and get the best of it in a day? What are the highlights of Ubud and where do you find them? This itinerary is for those who want to see all the major sites without having any regrets. Many of these have been planned by proximity and closeness so you don’t have to run around like a chicken with your head cut off all day. Look no further, as I will help you plan your perfect Ubud itinerary.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
In Hinduism, monkeys are revered because of their mischievousness and their ability to be trained and tamed. Go early to this park to beat the crowds and snap great photos. Be careful with the monkeys as they can get quite aggressive. Don’t bring any food with you and leave it in your car or scooter. Put anything and everything that dangles away. (I learned the hard way because I had my hand santizer out on a cute lanyard and a monkey jumped on my head to get it.)This place is definitely worth your time because of all the beautiful temples that are on the grounds.
Cost: 40,000 IDR
Puri Saren Palace
This palace is considered to be the official residence of the local royal family of Ubud. You can’t go in the buildings, but the grounds are impressive. The best part of this palace is that it’s free and you don’t have to spend money to enjoy the large compound.
Unfortunately I didn’t make it here, but after looking at this incredible photo, you definitely don’t want to miss out on it! Saraswati is located down the street from Puri Saren and it easy to get to! The temple is surrounded by lotus flowers and makes for a serene setting. According to Asdghik from the Jet Setter Diaries when she discovered the temple after wandering around she had, “one of those moments where she had to stop and stare for a few moments to take in its incredible beauty.” Asdghik adds the secret to enjoying this temple is there is a cafe nearby where you can sit and enjoy the view while supping on a cold coconut. Her post including this temple is inspiring and you should totally check out her Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for more awesome travel inspiration.
Lunch at Melting Wok Warung
While I was looking for amazing places to eat in Bali, I came upon the recommendation from another blogger about eating here and I was really happy I made the choice to do so. I was offered the daily special and I wasn’t disappointed. I was served spicy chicken with a dipping sauce and rice with crushed peanuts and a soup to give the rice more flavor.
Cost: 100,000 IDR
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Is this place as beautiful as the photos? I would have to agree. Located in the northern part of Ubud, it is a tourist favorite. It’s completely free to go see except if you want to explore and walk around more. There will be little huts set up where you will have to pay a “donation fee” so you can get all the awesome photos away from the tourists.
Cost: Donation Fees
Although it was rainy and cloudy when I went, I loved every minute of swimming in this waterfall. There’s loads of people there, but cooling down and swimming after a long, hot day is totally worth it. There are no lockers to store your things so be careful. Leave all your valuables in your scooter and only bring waterproof gear. I also highly recommend getting water shoes because when you get in the rocks are pretty rough.
Bonus: Try Luwak Coffee
Believe it or not, Cat poop coffee from Bali is the most expensive coffee in the world and with good reason. The beans sell for $100-$600 per pound. You heard that right. If you’ve got the cash, then by all means splurge in your home country, but if you’re traveling to Bali, you have to try it! Luwak only eat the best beans and the unique way of preparing the beans makes the coffee high in demand and short of supply. There are various places around Ubud that offer “free Luwak Coffee tasting” but be aware the selection in the photo is what is free and the Luwak coffee comes separately.
Cost: 50,000 IDR