Top 5 things to see in Ubud, the cultural hub of Bali
Recommendations for when staying in a private villa is to go on a day tour and if its culture you’re looking for then head to Ubud, you will not be disappointed. (Talk to reception for Villa Kubu’s Ubud day trips and tours)
- Monkey forest:
Explore and immerse yourself in the wonders of the sacred monkey forest. Observe grey long- tailed macaques swing from the vast vine laden trees. Buy bunches of bananas to feed the monkey and watch the chaos unfold, make sure to bring a camera or phone to take a hilarious selfie. The forest is easy to walk to from the center of Ubud or access by car. It is unbelievably good value (IRP 30,00 per person entrance fee) and you can stay as long as you like. The monkey forest is managed by the local community and is of great spiritual significance, walk down deep stone steep and be in awe of the carved bridge temple and take in the beauty of the historic Pura pura temple.
A warning, the monkeys do tend to be cheeky, they love nothing better than trying to open you bag and steal its contents! Please be careful with valuables and when accompanying small children. Ubud Monkey Forest has local guides and staff ready to assist you during your visit
- Rice terraces:
Bali’s traditional, centuries-old cooperative irrigational system known as ‘Subak’ has created some of the most beautiful terraced landscapes in Southeast Asia. Several minutes’ drive north of the main Ubud centre is the cool upland area of Tegallalang, Take in the serene views and you’ve reached paradise!
- Ubud Market:
The market overwhelms the senses, there are hundreds of vibrant stalls selling an array of homemade trinkets, clothes, fresh fruit, jewelry and art. Be prepared to haggle for a bargain. The silver jewelry is simply stunning you are spoilt for choice; gorgeous bangles, pendants and rings. After filling your bags with goodies check out the Café Lotus or the River Café at Maya Ubud resort for the most dreamy lunch setting you can imagine!
- The Yoga Barn:
Is a centre dedicated to healing and renewal. The Yoga Barn provides a lush and inspiring environment for the nourishment of body, mind and soul. The programming team at The Yoga Barn has created a mosaic of diverse programs of the highest quality, taught with the deep knowledge. Daily classes and workshops are taken in a choice of 5 studios. The Yoga Barn is a relaxing, genuine, friendly, comfortable, earthy and unpretentious.
- Tirta Empul:
This sacred destination is a short ride on a motorcycle from the center of Ubud. This magical water temple is well worth a visit. Its breath- taking beauty and cultural significance makes it a must see for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in Bali spirit. The temple is famous for its holy sprig water where Hindus go for purification.