How Many Days in Ubud? (My Advice!)

Tristan Balme How many days in Ubud Ubus Itinerary

Ubud is a beautiful town in Bali, Indonesia, known for its rice paddies, temples, and cultural attractions.

I spent a little over a week in Ubud when I first visited in 2022 and absolutely loved my time there. Because it’s located in the middle of Bali, you’re close to a lot of what the island has to offer. It’s set in the jungle, with a relaxed hippy vibe, which is a welcome reprieve from the rush and bustle of areas like Canggu and Seminyak.

If you’re on a time frame, it’s totally worth spending even 2 or 3 days in Ubud, but if you’ve got the time, try and spend longer.

In this article, I’ll discuss what I did, and how long I’d recommend you spend in Ubud to make the most of your trip, read on for my recommendations.

Where is Ubud?

Ubud is located in the uplands of Bali, Indonesia, approximately 35 kilometers northeast of Denpasar.

How to Get to Ubud?

There are several ways to get to Ubud, including hiring a driver, taking a Gojek car or scooter, or renting a personal scooter.

What I did: When I traveled to Ubud we took a Gojek car from Canggu, which cost around $20 USD.

1. Hire a Driver

If you’re looking for a stress-free way to get to Ubud, hiring a driver is a great option. Many drivers offer services from Bali’s airport or other areas of Bali.

2. Gojek Car / Scooter

Another option for getting to Ubud is using a Gojek car. Gojek is a ride-hailing service similar to Uber or Lyft. You can download the app and book a car to take you to Ubud.

If you’re traveling light, another option is to use a Gojek scooter to get to Ubud. This is a fast and cheap way to get around Bali (Waaaay fast than the car option). This is not a good option if you’ve got lots of baggage though!

Tip: Make sure to check the app a few times throughout the day as they increase the price due to traffic and demand. Surge prices can be double what they otherwise would be!

3. Personal Scooter

If you’re comfortable driving a scooter, renting a personal scooter is another option for getting to Ubud. There are many rental shops in Bali, and scooters are an affordable and convenient way to get around.

Tip: The key to remember here is you’ll need to return it, which makes sense if you’ll be traveling back to when you left from. We were traveling in a loop of the island, so this wasn’t a good option for us.

How to Get Around Ubud

Once you arrive in Ubud, there are several ways to get around. However, it’s important to note that the roads in Ubud can be narrow and congested, so driving can be stressful. Here are some options for getting around:

Scooter

If you’re comfortable driving a scooter, renting one is a great way to get around Ubud. It’s important to wear a helmet and be aware of your surroundings.

Watch Out: The One-Way Roads

In Ubud, many roads are one-way, so it’s important to pay attention to traffic signs and follow the rules of the road.

My Recommendation: How Many Days Do You Need in Ubud?

The amount of time you need to spend in Ubud depends on your interests and how much you want to see and do. Here are my recommendations:

If you’re short on time, I recommend spending at least two days in Ubud. This will give you enough time to experience some of the town’s highlights, such as the Campuhan Ridge Walk, the Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary, and the Ubud Market.

Two Days Itinerary in Ubud – Here’s What To Do

If you have two days in Ubud, here are some activities you can do:

Campuhan Ridge Walk

The Campuhan Ridge Walk is a must-do activity in Ubud, Bali. It’s a beautiful hike that offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The walk takes about 2 hours to complete and is free of charge. To get there, you can take a taxi or rent a scooter. It’s best to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the day.

Personally, I highly recommend doing the Campuhan Ridge Walk. The scenery is breathtaking and it’s a great way to get some exercise while taking in the beauty of Ubud.

Tristan Balme Campuhan ridge line walk

Relax at a Spa

Ubud has many spas to choose from, and it’s a great place to relax and unwind. Prices for spa treatments vary depending on the type of treatment and the spa you choose. Some of the best spas in Ubud include the Karsa Spa, the DaLa Spa, and the Maya Ubud Spa.

Personally, I highly recommend the Karsa Spa. The setting is beautiful, and the treatments are top-notch. A Balinese massage costs around 250,000 IDR ($17 USD) and takes about an hour. Other treatments, such as facials and body scrubs, are also available. It’s best to book ahead to ensure availability.

Wander through the Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary

The Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a must-visit attraction in Ubud, Bali. With over 700 monkeys, it’s a unique and fun experience to wander through the forest and interact with them. The entrance fee is around 80,000 IDR ($5.50 USD) per person, and the walk takes about 1-2 hours. It’s best to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat and crowds. Personally, I highly recommend visiting the Monkey Forest Sanctuary. It’s a great way to get up close and personal with the local wildlife and experience the beauty of Ubud.

Tristan Balme visit the monkey forest in ubud

Take a Yoga Class

If you’re looking to practice yoga in Ubud, there are plenty of studios to choose from. Prices vary depending on the studio and the length of the class, but you can expect to pay around 100,000-150,000 IDR ($7-$10 USD) per class. The time taken for a class is typically around 1-1.5 hours. One of the best yoga studios in Ubud is Yoga Barn, which offers a variety of classes and workshops. Personally, I highly recommend taking a class at Yoga Barn. The setting is beautiful, the instructors are knowledgeable, and the classes are suitable for all levels.

Tristan Balme Take a yoga class in ubud
Photo by Jared Rice

Shop till you drop at Ubud Market

Ubud Market is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for unique souvenirs and gifts in Bali. The market is located in the center of town and offers a wide variety of traditional Balinese items, including handmade crafts and clothing. It’s important to bargain with the vendors to get the best price, and it’s a great opportunity to practice your bargaining skills. The best time of day to go is early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and heat. Personally, I highly recommend visiting Ubud Market, as it’s a great way to experience the local culture and support local artisans. The time taken to explore the market depends on how much you want to see, but plan to spend at least an hour or two wandering through the stalls and admiring the beautiful items for sale. You can easily get to Ubud Market by hiring a driver or renting a scooter.

3-4 Days in Ubud: The Best Ubud Itinerary – Add These Activities

If you have 3-4 days in Ubud, here are some additional activities to add to your itinerary:

Do the Mount Batur Sunrise Trek

The Mount Batur Sunrise Trek is a popular activity in Ubud. You’ll hike to the top of Mount Batur to watch the sunrise over Bali.

The Mount Batur Sunrise Trek is a popular activity in Ubud. This hike takes you to the top of Mount Batur to watch the sunrise over Bali. The cost of the trek varies depending on the company you book with, but expect to pay around 350,000-400,000 IDR ($24-$28 USD). The hike takes approximately 2-3 hours to reach the summit, and it’s important to wear proper hiking shoes and bring warm clothing for the chilly mountain air. To get to the starting point of the hike, you can hire a driver or book a tour with a company like Bali Trekking Tour. It’s best to go early in the morning to reach the summit in time for sunrise. Personally, I highly recommend booking with Bali Trekking Tour. The guides are knowledgeable and friendly, and the company has a good safety record.

Take a Ubud Cooking Class

Taking a cooking class in Ubud is a great way to experience the local culture and cuisine. There are many cooking schools to choose from, and prices vary depending on the school and the length of the class. One of the best schools is Paon Bali Cooking Class, which costs around 350,000 IDR ($24 USD) for a half-day class. The class takes approximately 4 hours, during which you will learn how to cook traditional Balinese dishes and visit a local market. To get there, you can hire a driver or rent a scooter. It’s best to go early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day. Personally, I highly recommend booking with Paon Bali Cooking Class. The instructors are knowledgeable and friendly, and the food is delicious.

Tristan Balme taking a cooking class in ubud bali

Take a Beach Trip to Jimbaran Cliffs

A great day trip from Ubud is to visit Jimbaran Cliffs. The beach is beautiful and there are many restaurants and cafes to choose from. The best time to go is in the late afternoon to catch the sunset. To get there, you can hire a driver or rent a scooter. The time taken to get there depends on traffic, but plan for at least an hour each way. It’s important to note that prices for food and drinks at the restaurants can be higher than other areas of Bali, but the views and atmosphere make it worth it. Personally, I highly recommend going to Jimbaran Cliffs for a relaxing and scenic day trip.

Head out to Sababay winery for a vino tasting

If you are a wine lover, a visit to Sababay winery is a must. Located in Bali, Indonesia, you can taste local wines and learn about the winemaking process. The cost of a wine tasting varies depending on the type of wine and the number of samples you want to try. The winery is open daily from 9am to 6pm. To get there, you can hire a driver or rent a scooter. It’s best to go in the late afternoon to avoid the heat of the day and catch the sunset. Personally, I highly recommend visiting Sababay winery. The wines are delicious, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

Coffee tasting at Bali Pulina

Bali Pulina is a coffee plantation located in Bali, Indonesia, that offers tastings of the famous Luwak coffee. During the coffee tasting, visitors can learn about the process of making coffee. The cost of the tasting varies depending on the type of coffee and the number of samples you want to try, but you can expect to pay around 50,000-100,000 IDR ($3.50-$7 USD). To get there, you can hire a driver or rent a scooter. It’s best to go in the late afternoon to avoid the heat of the day and catch the sunset. Personally, I highly recommend visiting Bali Pulina for a unique and educational coffee tasting experience.

Staying in Ubud for One Week or Longer – My Complete Recommendation

If you’re staying in Ubud for one week or longer, there are many activities to keep you busy. Here are some of my recommendations:

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is a beautiful attraction located in Bali, Indonesia. It’s a great place to take a stroll through the rice fields and admire the stunning views. The entrance fee is around 15,000 IDR ($1 USD) per person. To get there, you can hire a driver or rent a scooter. It’s best to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and the heat of the day. Personally, I highly recommend visiting the Tegalalang Rice Terrace as it’s a unique and beautiful experience that showcases the natural beauty of Bali. The time taken to explore the rice terrace depends on how much you want to see, but plan to spend at least an hour or two taking in the scenery.

Go White Water Rafting

White water rafting on the Ayung River is a must-do activity in Ubud, Bali. The rapids offer a fun and exciting experience for adventure seekers. You can book a tour with many companies in Ubud, with prices ranging from 250,000 IDR ($17 USD) to 500,000 IDR ($34 USD) per person. The time taken for the tour is approximately 2 hours. It’s best to go in the morning or afternoon to avoid the heat of the day. To get to the starting point of the tour, you can hire a driver or book a tour with a company like Bali Adventure Rafting. Personally, I highly recommend booking with Bali Adventure Rafting. The guides are knowledgeable and friendly, and the company has a good safety record.

Explore Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is a serene and peaceful Hindu temple located on the shores of Lake Beratan in Bali. The entrance fee is around 50,000 IDR ($3.50 USD) per person. To get there, you can hire a driver or rent a scooter. It’s best to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and heat. The time taken to explore the temple depends on how much you want to see, but plan to spend at least an hour or two taking in the beauty of the temple. Personally, I highly recommend visiting Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. The setting is stunning, and the temple is one of the most beautiful in Bali.

Visit the Pura Tirta Empul Temple

Pura Tirta Empul Temple is a must-see attraction in Bali, Indonesia. This Hindu temple is located near the town of Tampaksiring and is known for its holy spring water, which is believed to have healing properties. The entrance fee is around 50,000 IDR ($3.50 USD) per person, and the time taken to explore the temple depends on how much you want to see, but plan to spend at least an hour or two taking in the beauty of the temple. The best time to go is early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and heat. To get there, you can hire a driver or rent a scooter. Personally, I highly recommend visiting Pura Tirta Empul Temple. The setting is serene, and the holy spring water is a unique and interesting experience.

Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall is a stunning waterfall located just outside of Ubud. It’s a great place to take a swim in the pool at the base of the waterfall while enjoying the beautiful views. The entrance fee is around 15,000 IDR ($1 USD) per person. To get there, you can hire a driver or rent a scooter. It’s best to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and heat. Personally, I highly recommend visiting Tegenungan Waterfall as it’s a beautiful and refreshing experience. Plan to spend at least an hour or two exploring the waterfall.

Ubud Bike Tours

Ubud Bike Tours are a great way to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Ubud. These tours usually take you through rice fields and small villages, offering a unique and authentic experience. Prices vary depending on the tour company and the length of the tour, but expect to pay around 350,000-500,000 IDR ($24-$34 USD) per person for a half-day tour. The time taken for the tour is typically around 3-4 hours. To get there, you can hire a driver or rent a scooter. It’s best to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the day. Personally, I highly recommend booking with Bali Eco Cycling. The guides are knowledgeable and friendly, and the company has a good safety record.

Saraswati Temple

Saraswati Temple is a beautiful temple located in the center of Ubud. It’s known for its stunning architecture and lotus pond. The entrance fee is free of charge. To get there, you can hire a driver or rent a scooter. It’s best to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and heat. Personally, I highly recommend visiting Saraswati Temple. The temple is a great place to relax and take in the beauty of Ubud’s architecture and culture. Plan to spend at least an hour or two exploring the temple.

Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta Empul Temple is a Hindu temple located in the village of Manukaya, Bali. It’s known for its holy spring water, which is believed to have healing properties. The entrance fee is around 50,000 IDR ($3.50 USD) per person, and the time taken to explore the temple depends on how much you want to see, but plan to spend at least an hour or two taking in the beauty of the temple. To get there, you can hire a driver or rent a scooter. It’s best to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and heat. Personally, I highly recommend visiting Tirta Empul Temple. The setting is serene, and the holy spring water is a unique and interesting experience.

Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall is a stunning waterfall located just outside of Ubud. The entrance fee is around 15,000 IDR ($1 USD) per person, and the time taken to explore the waterfall depends on how much you want to see, but plan to spend at least an hour or two taking in the beauty of the waterfall. To get there, you can hire a driver or rent a scooter. It’s best to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and heat. Personally, I highly recommend visiting Tegenungan Waterfall as it’s a beautiful and refreshing experience. You can even take a swim in the pool at the base of the waterfall while enjoying the stunning views.

Kecak Fire & Trance Dance

The Kecak Fire & Trance Dance is a traditional Balinese dance performance that is both unique and entertaining. The performance takes place in the evening and lasts for approximately one hour. The dance tells a story from the Ramayana and is accompanied by chanting and music. The best time to go is in the evening, and it’s important to note that the performance takes place outdoors, so it’s a good idea to bring insect repellent and wear comfortable clothing. The cost of admission is approximately 100,000 IDR ($7 USD) per person. To get there, you can hire a driver or rent a scooter. Personally, I highly recommend watching the Kecak Fire & Trance Dance. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that showcases the unique culture and traditions of Bali.

Food Recommendations in Ubud

If you’re a foodie, you’ll love the cuisine in Ubud. Here are some dishes to try:

Try Babi Guling – Spit Roasted Pig

Babi Guling is a traditional Balinese dish that consists of spit-roasted pig. It’s juicy, flavorful, and a must-try if you’re a meat lover. The dish usually comes with rice, vegetables, and a spicy sambal sauce. The price varies depending on where you go, but expect to pay around 50,000-100,000 IDR ($3.50-$7 USD). One of the best places to try Babi Guling in Ubud is at Ibu Oka. They’re known for their delicious Babi Guling, and the restaurant has a great atmosphere. Personally, I highly recommend trying Babi Guling at Ibu Oka. The dish is a true Balinese specialty, and the restaurant is a great place to experience the local culture and cuisine.

Try Luwak Coffee

Luwak coffee is a rare and expensive coffee that is made from the feces of a civet. Bali Pulina is a coffee plantation that offers tastings of the coffee for a cost of around 50,000-100,000 IDR ($3.50-$7 USD). Personally, I recommend trying Luwak coffee at the Bebek Bengil restaurant in Ubud. The coffee is delicious, and the restaurant has a beautiful setting overlooking rice paddies.

And Bebek Betutu – Crispy Duck

Bebek Betutu is a popular Balinese dish that features crispy duck. It is a must-try when visiting Ubud. You can find this dish at most restaurants in Ubud, but my personal recommendation is to try it at Ibu Oka. Their version of Bebek Betutu is the best I have tasted, and it costs around 80,000 IDR ($5.50 USD). It’s definitely worth the price for the delicious and authentic taste of Balinese cuisine.

Nasi Campur

Nasi Campur is a traditional Balinese dish that consists of rice served with a variety of small sides, including vegetables, meats, and spicy sauces. The price of the dish varies depending on where you go, but expect to pay around 30,000-50,000 IDR ($2-$3.50 USD).

One of the best places to try Nasi Campur in Ubud is at Warung Biah-Biah. The restaurant offers a delicious and authentic version of the dish, and the prices are affordable. The atmosphere is also great, with outdoor seating and live music. Personally, I highly recommend trying Nasi Campur at Warung Biah-Biah if you want to experience traditional Balinese cuisine.

Tristan Balme the best nasi campur in ubud

Where to Stay in Ubud

There are many accommodation options in Ubud, ranging from hostels to luxury hotels. Here are some recommendations:

Best Hostels

If you’re looking for a wellness retreat in Ubud, Arya Wellness Retreat is a great option. The retreat offers a variety of programs, including yoga, meditation, and detox programs. The facilities are excellent, with beautiful accommodations and a serene atmosphere. Prices vary depending on the program and the length of your stay, but expect to pay around $200-$300 USD per night.

Personally, I highly recommend Arya Wellness Retreat for anyone looking to relax and recharge in Ubud. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the programs are tailored to your individual needs. Whether you’re looking to deepen your yoga practice, detox your body, or simply unwind, Arya Wellness Retreat is the perfect place to do so.

Tristan Balme reccommends Arya wellness retreat

Best Basic Hotel

If you’re looking for an affordable and comfortable hotel with a central location, I highly recommend the Pertiwi Bisma 2 Hotel. This basic hotel offers clean and spacious rooms with air conditioning, a swimming pool, and a restaurant. The hotel also provides free Wi-Fi and a shuttle service to Ubud center. Prices start at around $25 USD per night, making it a great option for budget travelers. Personally, I love staying at Pertiwi Bisma 2 Hotel because of its convenient location and friendly staff.

Best Premium Hotel

If you’re looking for a wellness retreat in Ubud, I highly recommend Arya Wellness Retreat. Located in the heart of Ubud, this retreat offers a range of wellness programs, including yoga, meditation, and detox programs. The facilities are top-notch and include a beautiful yoga studio, a swimming pool, and a spa. The prices are reasonable and vary depending on the program and the length of your stay.

Personally, I love Arya Wellness Retreat because of its focus on holistic wellness. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and the programs are designed to help you achieve balance and harmony in your life. If you’re looking for a peaceful and rejuvenating retreat in Ubud, Arya Wellness Retreat is the perfect choice.

Final Thoughts

Ubud is a beautiful town in Bali, Indonesia, with many cultural attractions and natural beauty. Whether you’re short on time or staying for a week or longer, there are many activities to keep you busy. From white water rafting to visiting temples, there’s something for everyone in Ubud.

FAQ:

Q. How Many Days Do You Need in Ubud?

The amount of time you need to spend in Ubud depends on your interests and how much you want to see and do. If you’re short on time, I recommend spending at least two days in Ubud to experience some of the town’s highlights. If you have more time, there are many activities to keep you busy.

Q. How Much is a Taxi from Bali Airport to Ubud?

The cost of a taxi from Bali Airport to Ubud varies depending on the taxi company and your bargaining skills. However, a reasonable price is around 250,000-300,000 IDR ($17-$21 USD). Be sure to agree on a price before getting in the taxi to avoid any surprises.

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