Ubud Sightseeing Tours

Popularly known as the cultural centre of Bali, Ubud is a fascinating destination possessing the quality to enchant vacationers with its traditional country vibes and the best sightseeing tours in Ubud. It is one of those places in Southeast Asia where you can take a tranquil retreat away from all the regular ordeals and take pleasure in a relaxing and memorable stay. If you really wish to get a closer look into the Balinese culture, arts and crafts, Ubud is the place to be in Bali. Also the postcard perfect landscape of Ubud is unrivalled in its beauty and one of the most mesmerizing locations to have a leisurely vacation. For couples seeking a romantic getaway, Bali honeymoon packages offer an ideal opportunity to explore Ubud's charm and create unforgettable memories together.

With a number of cultural landmarks ranging from ancient temples and majestic age-old royal palaces, to wonderful panoramas of green hillsides and rice terrace, Ubud is a bustling spot for quenching cultural curiosity and appreciating history. Go on a climb to Mount Batur to catch the sunrise or indulge in a shopping spree at the famous Ubud Market. You can also visit the photogenic verdant rice terraces or the temples.

Ancient holy sites that you must visit during your Bali trip include the intricately carved Goa Gajah (“Elephant Cave”) and Gunung Kawi, with its rock-cut shrines. There is a plethora of tourist attractions that you must add in your itinerary to leave back with the best experience of vacationing in Ubud. Tourists can find here a number of shops selling antiques, woodcarvings, crafts, textiles, paintings and jewelry.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Ubud is home to some of the best art museums in the country, dozens of art studios, an excellent local craft market and galleries. So embark on a sightseeing tour of Ubud to enjoy the breathtaking tourist attractions which are unmatched in their exquisiteness. Sink in the natural beauty of Ubud and enjoy the allure of rustic charms and unblemished views of its surreal landscape.

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Ubud Sightseeing FAQs

How can we reach Ubud from Bali Airport? What is the distance?

Bali and Ubud are not so far from each other. However, the distance between the Bali International Airport at Denpasar and Ubud City is about 38 kilometers and shouldn’t take you more than 1.5 hours to make the journey. It is best to hire a taxi for a pretty straightforward journey. However, you can also take the public buses or hop on the minivan that’s headed towards Ubud. Depending on the time you reach the airport, renting your own vehicle would also be a great idea.

What is the best time to visit Ubud?

Ubud is open to tourists all round the year. However, similar to all other places in Bali, the best time to visit will be the months between May and July. This is the time of the year when Ubud is the coolest, though humidity will persist all round the year. From August, Ubud gets some amount of rainfall and won’t be a very great season to do day tours. The rest of the year is pretty hot but manageable.

How many days required covering all the places in Ubud?

To explore Ubud, a 3-day vacation would be fruitful. It is recommended that you divide each day into separate kinds of tours. For example, Day 1 could be a temple and museum tour, Day 2 could be local tours across the rice fields and villages and the last day can be kept for some adventure activities. However having a tour planned is always fruitful.

Which are the best places for sightseeing in Ubud?

Although a relatively small place, Ubud offers plenty of sightseeing opportunities for tourists and travelers. A city placed in the lap of nature, it’s the perfect semblance of natural and cultural heritage. From panoramic views of the Indian Ocean to spectacular Balinese art galleries, there’s everything! If you are in Ubud, here are some places you cannot miss:

  • Goa Gajah Temple
  • The Ubud Rice Paddy Fields
  • Ubud Monkey Forest
  • Tegalalang Rice Terraces
  • Blanco Renaissance Museum
  • Agung Rai Museum of Art
  • Setia Darma Masks and Puppet House
  • Campuhan Ridge Walk
  • Puri Lukisan Museum
  • Pura Taman Saraswati Temple
  • Gunung Kawi
  • Neka Art Museum
  • Petulu
  • Ubud Palace
  • Tjampuhan Sacred Hills
  • Bali Bird and Reptile Park
  • Tegenungan Waterfall

What are different sightseeing packages for Ubud?

Depending on the kind of person you are and the interests you have, Ubud offers several day tour packages that are unique in itself. Choose from:

  • Bali Traditional Day Tour – Rice Terraces, Temples, Culture and Cuisine
  • Cycling tours – Rice Terraces, Monkey Forest, Temple Tour
  • Bike tours – across rice terraces and art galleries
  • Cultural tours – art galleries, museums and temples
  • Sun tours – day tours in the city and the beach
  • Private tours – beach tours and private tours across the green rice fields
  • Adventure packages – river rafting, kayaking, trekking and Reptile Park
  • Trekking tours – Campuhan ridge walk and waterfall tours

What are the special and romantic things which couple can do in Ubud?

These are some romantic things couples can do in Ubud:
  • A romantic dinner close to the Ayung River
  • A private spa experience
  • Ubud Eco Trekking
  • A gourmet picnic in Ubud Valley
  • A sunset cruise
  • Dinner in the Ubud Rice Fields
  • Private cooking classes for couples
  • Dine at Samaya with a river view
  • Spend some private time at Swept Away
Also, you can embark on a memorable holiday by booking couple friendly Bali honeymoon tours for your ultimate experience.

Which are some famous places that can be visited by kids in Ubud?

These are some things to do with kids in Ubud:
  • Visit the Ubud Monkey Forest
  • Go to the Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Center
  • Visit the Puri Lukisan Museum
  • The Elephant Safari Park can be real fun
  • The Bali Bird and Reptile Park is exciting
  • Bali Safari and Marine Park
  • Bali Fun World
  • The Bamboo Chocolate Factory
  • Eco Cycling with your kids
  • Ayung River Rafting
  • Petulu for temples and colorful wild birds
  • Setia Darma Masks and Puppet House

What are the famous beaches in Ubud to visit?

  • Lovina Beach, North Ubud
  • Kuta Beach, South Ubud
  • Sanur Beach, South Ubud
  • Padang Bai Beach, East Ubud
  • Amed Beach
  • Blue Point Beach
  • Segara Beach
  • Seminyak Beach
  • Candidasa

Can we rent a bike or a car in Ubud for sightseeing?

Renting your own vehicle is a great way to go around Ubud. It offers you the flexibility of travel and also proves to be the cheapest way to get around. Ubud is not a very big city and limiting yourself with public transportation is not quite recommended. However, do make sure that you have a valid international driving permit.

How is the public transportation in Ubud?

Public Transportation in and around Ubud is all about local buses and minivans. They aren’t quite comfortable and also limit you on the flexibility of your itinerary. However, taking the public transport will be the cheapest way to get around Ubud.

Are local guides available easily in Ubud?

Having a local guide along can be really helpful in Ubud, especially if you are visiting historical sites and temples. English speaking guides are easily available upon requests and most hotels will be able to help you with one.

What kind of stays options available in Ubud?

You will get a range of options for stay in Ubud, Depending on your budget, you can seek for anything between a home stay to a private villa. Ubud is considered to be one of the cheapest places to stay in Bali.

Is Ubud expensive?

It is easy to find cheap accommodation across Ubud, making it one of the most recommended cities in Bali for budget travelers. Food is cheap too and hiring a bike or bicycle can save you more.

Is it safe for a solo traveler to go for sightseeing in Ubud?

Ubud is a perfect escapade for all kind of travelers. When it comes to safety, there is nothing you need to worry about. The locals are really helpful and Ubud as such is a very small city to travel in. you will never be too far from the city center.

What are the famous caves in Ubud?

The most popular cave in Ubud is the Goa Gajah or the Elephant Cave. Situated just outside the city, it s significant archeological site for the Hindus. However, the cave gets exciting with its ancient bathing pools, relics, and other mysterious structures and sculptures. The entrance to the Goa Gajah is in the form of a demonic mouth and inside is complete darkness that you need to wake you way though using flashlights and head lamps

Are there any famous temples in Ubud to visit?

Ubud has got several famous temple sites that are worth a visit. Most of these are Hindu temples but some are even older than the Hindu era.

The top temples in Ubud include:
  • Tirta Empul
  • Goa Gajah
  • Gunung Kawi
  • Gunung Kawi Sebatu
  • Pura Taman Saraswati

Are there any laws which we need follow while visiting temples?

When visiting temple, it is mandatory:
  • That you cover yourself up decently
  • Wear the traditional Balinese clothing when entering the premises
  • Don’t step over any offering
  • Leaves your shoes outside
  • Don’t take photographs without permission

What are the places to see the Ubud Culture?

Ubud is a perfect getaway if you are looking to experience the traditional Balinese culture and heritage. Top places for a cultural experience in Ubud include:
  • Goa Gajah Elephant Cave Ubud
  • Agung Rai Museum Of Art (ARMA)
  • Tegallalang Rice Terrace Walk
  • Setia Darma Mask & Puppet House
  • Pura Taman Saraswati
  • Museum Puri Lukisan
  • Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
  • Catch a Dance Performance At The Ubud Palace
  • Stay At Bambu Indah
  • Learn To Make Jewelry at Studio Perak

What is Goa Gajah? Why it is famous?

The Goa Gajah is a sacred archeological site in the heart of Ubud. It’s an 11th century cave that’s origin has been shrouded by mystery. Formerly, a place of worship for Buddhist monks and Hindu priests, the Goa Gajah is now a popular tourist attraction. The entrance to the cave is through the huge mouth of demon and inside is complete darkness to be disturbed by water pools and scary depictions on the walls. If you have been looking for some thrill, this is a trip that you need to make.

What is Puri Saren Agung? What is it famous for?

The Puri Saren Agung or the Ubud Palace is a historical building complex and was the former residence of Ubud Royalty. The Palace is regarded to be one of the most sacred sites by the locals and is believed to have spiritual powers. Generations of worshippers still pray in the premises and it is also the grounds for several cultural festivals and dances.

What is special about Ubud Monkey Forest?

The Ubud Monkey Forest is a natural reserve built around Hindu temples complexes. It’s a popular tourist attraction receiving more than 10,000 people every month. The locals believe the moneys to be the form of gods and help their conservation. Consequently, the animals have flourished there and you can see them in their natural habitat. The presence of several temples along the Monkey Forest makes this place even more special.

How many museums and galleries are located in Ubud?

  • Neka Art Museum
  • Blanco Renaissance Museum
  • Agung Rai Museum of Art
  • Setia Darma Masks and Puppet House
  • Puri Lukisan Museum
  • TAKSU Photo Gallery
  • Semar Kuning Artist Cooperative
  • Five Art Studio
  • The Pure Land Gallery
  • I.B. Sutarja Mask Gallery
  • Heyokah Art House
  • Symon Gallery Studio
  • Titian Art Space
  • Gaya Art Space
  • Dana S Painting Studio
  • Nyoman Meja Fine Art Gallery
  • Restu Bumi Art Gallery

Why Blanco Renaissance Museum is famous in Ubud?

An unofficial landmark in Ubud, the Blanco Renaissance Museum is the studio and residence of the Philippine maestro, Don Antonio Blanco. The museum offers a picturesque location in the Campuhan Valleys and showcases lithographic artwork of nude Balinese women.

Which are some Yoga retreats in Ubud?

These are some yoga places in Ubud:
  • ONEWORLD retreats Kumara Ubud, ONEWORLD retreats Kumara Ubud
  • Naya Ubud, alan Raya Sayan Gang Puskesmas Ubud II, Desa Sayan, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
  • Blooming Lotus Yoga, Br. Mawang Kaja, Desa Lodtunduh, Lodtunduh, Ubud, Bali 80571
  • The Yoga Barn, Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar
  • Yoga Retreat, Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
  • The Shala Bali Yoga Retreat & Café, Banjar Penestanan Kaja, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
  • Azadi Retreat, Banjar Penestanan Kaja, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
  • Sunshine Bali, JL. Ambarwati, Ubud, MAS, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar
  • Ubud Aura Retreat Centre, Ubud Aura Retreat Centre
  • Suly Resort,Yoga and Spa, Jl. Cok Rai Pudak, Yangloni, Peliata, Ubud, MAS, Gianyar, Kabupaten

What are the popular places for shopping in Ubud?

  • Ubud Art Market, Jalan Raya Ubud main road
  • Sukawati Art Market, Jalan Raya Sukawati, Gianyar
  • Guwang Art Market, Banjar Cemenggaon, Desa Guwang, Sukawati, Gianyar
  • Celuk Gold and Silversmiths, Jalan Raya Celuk, Sukawati, Gianyar
  • Tegalalang Handicrafts Center, Jalan Raya Tegallalang, North of Ubud
  • Jean-François Fichot, Jalan Raya Pengosekan No.7, Ubud
  • Shalimar Gallery, Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud
  • Threads of Life, Jalan Kajeng 24, Ubud
  • Kamala Home Boutique Showroom, Jalan Tegal Sari No.10, Ubud
  • Ubud Monkey Forest Road, Padangtegal, south of the main Ubud centre

What is the best cuisine in Ubud? Is vegetarian food easily available?

  • Pisang Goreng (vegetarian)
  • Mie Goeng (no vegetarian)
  • Nasi Goreng (vegetarian)
  • Sate (non vegetarian)
  • Babi Guling (non vegetarian)
  • Nasi Campur (non vegetarian)
  • Bebek Betutu (non vegetarian)
  • Mini Rijsttafel (non vegetarian)
  • Gado Gado (vegetarian)

Which is the famous restaurants in Ubud?

  • Locavore, Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud
  • Bridges Bali, Campuhan Bridge, Jalan Campuhan, Ubud
  • Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique, Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
  • CasCades at The Viceroy Bali, The Viceroy Bali, Jalan Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Ubud
  • Blanco par Mandif Ubud Bali, Blanco Renaissance Museum, Jalan Raya Campuhan, Ubud
  • Kubu Restaurant, Jalan Raya Kedewatan at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  • Seniman Coffee Studio, Jalan Sriwedari, Ubud
  • Bebek Tepi Sawah, Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Banjar Teges, Peliatan, Ubud
  • Swept Away Restaurant, Jl. Raya Sayan, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
  • Hujan Locale, Jalan Sri Wedari 5, Ubud

Is there any nightlife which we can experience in Ubud?

The nightlife in Ubud is pretty light. There are a few clubs around but they are laid back premises where you can get a couple of drinks and be in a closed group of friends. There’s no party scene as such.

Are cards accepted in Ubud hotels and resorts?

The use of credit/debit cards depends on the hotel you stay in. Local shops will accept only cash. It is only in some luxury hotels, restaurants and spas that you can use your cards.

Are there any money exchange in Ubud?

There are several money exchange facilities around Ubud. It is however recommended that you visit an authorized service provider. Your best bet are the currency exchange services around the airport. IT is always wise to carry cash as most places don’t accept cards.

What do I do in case of medical emergency in Ubud? Are there any hospitals?

Depending on the kind of medical emergency, it is highly recommended that you go to the nearest hospital in Ubud. Some of the top medical facilities around include:
  • Fair Future Foundation, Jalan Sriwedari 6, Taman Kaja, Ubud
  • MF Medical Service, Jl. Monkey Forest No.9, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
  • Ari Canti Hospital, Jl. Raya Mas No.61, MAS, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
  • Toya Medical Clinic, Jl. Raya Pengosekan No.2013, MAS, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
  • Ubud Clinic, Jl. Raya Pengosekan No.2013, MAS, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
  • RSUD Sanjiwani Hospital, Jl. Ciung Wanara-Gianyar No.2, Gianyar, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar
  • BIMC Ubud, Jl. Raya Sanggingan No.21, Kedewatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar

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