What is the best area to stay in Ubud?
We might be biased but we believe the best area to stay in Ubud is the city centre as you’re able to walk to the main attractions (which comes in handy given the traffic in the centre!). In just a 5-10 minute walk from 11 on Kajeng, you can reach Ubud Palace and the Saraswati Temple, as well as the Ubud market, an absolute must-experience for exploring the local craftsmanship and artistry. You will feel the buzz as you barter for some amazing gems to take home as souvenirs. The famous Monkey Forest is also very close and the stunning Tegallang rice terraces are just a 20-minute ride up North.
Ubud is a very safe area and the locals are very welcoming. There are so many beautiful walking routes from central Ubud, where you can meet and speak with the locals. Our favourite walks in Ubud can be found here.
The main streets in Ubud are JI Raya Ubud and JI Monkey Forest.
Is Ubud a good place to stay?
Ubud is a unique place and centrally located, so it’s a great base to explore Ubud and the surrounding areas. Ubud village is rich in culture and has beautiful traditional arts, statues, temples and gardens. There is so much to do and explore in Ubud and the vibe here is like no other. As soon as you arrive in Ubud, a calmness washes over you.
There is so much to do and see. If you are staying in central Ubud, most art galleries, cafes, warungs, bars and restaurants are within a short walking distance. Ubud is a must-visit on every Bali agenda.
Immerse yourself in Bali and attend an Indonesian cooking class, or silver-making workshop, relax and enjoy a Balinese massage, or take in the culture and watch one of the traditional performances on offer, which takes place mostly at night – the most famous being at Ubud Palace and Puri Saraswati (Jl. Kajeng).
For shopping, a must-see is the Ubud Market, which sells all sorts of items like souvenirs, clothes, food, jewellery, handicrafts and much more, though there are plenty of shops dotted around the centre too.
What to do in the evenings in Ubud?
Ubud has over 50+ different gamelan, dance and shadow puppet performances every week, in various venues every night if you want to enjoy some culture.
There are also a wide variety of things to do in the evenings – wander at some of the night markets, and listen to live music at the local bars and restaurants. The nightlife scene is growing, mostly centred on live music and there are so many quirky and fabulous bars popping up in the area, which is transforming the Ubud nightlife scene. We have shortlisted some of our favourite bars in Ubud, where you’re sure to have a good night.
How many days in Ubud is enough?
Ubud is an excellent central base to visit other parts of the island. We would recommend staying in Ubud for 3- 5 nights there is so much to do and see here. Explore the temples Saraswati Temple, Ubud Palace. Visit the monkeys at Ubud Monkey Forest. Take a morning or sunset stroll on Campuhan Ridge or a bike ride at Tegallang Rice Terraces. Explore the waterfalls or just relax pool side.