We visited Bali in May 2018. It was AMAZING and definitely one of my favourite places in South East Asia. Its full of incredible things to see and its so cheap. Its not that touristy, but still quite developed for tourism, so its easy to get around and see everything you’d want to. If I had to describe Ubud in three words, I’d say hippy, cultural and peaceful. The food is AMAZING! Its very chilled, the nightlife isn’t as crazy as other places in South East Asia, but it’s still a ‘must see’ if you’re visiting.
Where we stayed
Puri Padma Hotel – central location, clean rooms and amazing service! They actually provided us with maps of the local area and helped us plan our routes.
How to get around:
Hire a scooter! If you’re experienced in driving a scooter, I’d strongly recommend getting around via scooter, it’s so easy to get to each tourist hotspot this way.
Top things to do in Ubud:
1. Monkey Forest – there is a small fee to pay to enter. Its definitely worth it. The monkeys were a little aggressive so keep your distance!
2. Goa Gajah (aka. Elephant Cave temple) – When you first arrive here it doesn’t look much, but when you go down the steep stairs, you’ll discover some amazing views. It was a really calm place, we even ended up having our evening meal in the restaurant there!
3. Rice paddies – an amazing sight. Standing at the top makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. There are huge swings you can go on and swing over the rice paddies! They do cost extra, they’re not free! Also, beware of the mosquitos! Its full of them! Don’t let that stop you seeing the rice paddies though, they’re a must if you’re in Ubud.
4. Tegenungan waterfall – there is a ‘baby’ waterfall and then the actual Tegenungan waterfall. There is also a temple here! There is a small fee to enter, but you can end up spending a couple of hours here so it’s definitely worth it.
Top tips for Ubud:
- Download ‘mapsme’. Its a free app you can download to your phone and you can use it as a sat nav without wifi. (Its like having Google Maps without needing wifi). Just download the map of where you are and go from there! Its really accurate and makes finding your tourist spots so much easier.
- Buy your bottled water from a supermarket rather than in restaurants! Its much cheaper and you can just carry it round in your bag!
- Beware of cocktails! In Bali they use ethanol which makes the drinks taste really unpleasant and gets you really drunk, really quickly. If you’re out to get drunk, then go for it, but if not, get a bottled beer instead.
Thanks so much for reading and I hope this has helped! If you have any questions feel free to message/email me!