Last updated on August 17th, 2020 at 01:26 pm
Our 3 days Ubud itinerary one of the most visited places in Bali it is where the heart of their culture lies. Ubud located in the North part making it far from the beaches but closer to waterfalls and rice fields.
We already wrote our favorite things to do in Ubud. All the options for your itinerary in Ubud that we recommend 3 days or even longer if you have time.
GETTING TO UBUD
Expect one hour if it’s not a busy day and around two hours during the peak hours. If you are coming from Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu it will also take you 1-2 hours to reach Ubud.
GETTING AROUND UBUD AND PRICES IN UBUD
In Ubud, it is very easy to get around. Everything is walking distance for shopping, local market, and restaurants. There are ATM machines and money exchange everywhere in Ubud. Official Rates are $1= 14 000 IND Rupiahs. In Indonesia, you will become a millionaire just by exchanging your local currency ha!
BEST TIME TO VISIT UBUD
The best time to visit Ubud is from April to October. The most hectic time in Ubud are on July and August. Make sure to remember those months so you can plan ahead.
November to March is Ubud’s wet season so the beaches may not be at their best. Still, it’s worth the trip since Ubud is still beautiful during this time.
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DAILY BUDGET TRAVEL IN UBUD
You can find cafes serving less than $1 USD and you can also eat local food like Nasi Goreng or Nasi Campur for $1-2. You can also enjoy some Smoothies and Gelato if you’re traveling on a hot season. Everything’s really affordable if you are traveling on a budget, you won’t have any problem at all. They also offer beers during Happy Hour for only $2-3 USD.
For accommodation, you can find really good accommodation for an affordable price. Prices start from $7 USD in a local guesthouse depending on how much you want to stretch your budget.
You can do tours (for example Tegalallang Rice fields starting from $10 USD). You can also get massages for $4-5 USD per hour and rent a motorbike for $4-5 USD per day. Ubud is really great for budget travelers.
Day 1 Itinerary in Ubud
For the first day of your itinerary in Ubud we recommend you to get a villa or an accommodation in the ricefields in Ubud. There are a few located 3-4 kilometers far from Ubud town and it’s cheaper and quiet. There are also nice places around the town.
You can start the day visiting Tegalalang Rice terraces or other rice fields around Ubud. After this you can go for a cooking class in Ubud and have a delicious lunch with local delicacies that you made it.
You can spend the afternoon at Monkey Forest and at night watching a Kecak dance.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Tegalalang Rice terraces is one of the most popular places to visit in your itinerary in Ubud. You can go on your own with your motorbike or joining to a tour. Tegalalang Rice terraces entrance fee is 15 000 IDR and the best time to visit is the sunrise when you will find less busy.
Apart from Tegalalang Rice terraces there are other rice fields in Ubud. You can find villas and places to stay 3-4 kilometers far from city center and you will be surrounded for them.
Cooking Class in Ubud
A cooking class in Ubud starts buying ingredients in the market. we had. Once in the kitchen cutting the ingredients for our Bali cooking class, as to how they were needed to be cut.
For the Sambal (Balinese Sambal), they have to be crushed carefully and completely using the traditional Balinese mortar and pestle. The food was delicious satay and nasi goreng with sambal. We tried a few dishes.
You can visit the Monkey Forest which is close to Ubud city center. We recommend you to visit them around the sunset time. You will find playful monkeys everywhere. Just make sure you respect them when taking pictures.
Monkey Forest entrance fee is 80K IDR which is around $5 USD. We enjoyed our time there, it can be busy but it’s one of the best things to do in Ubud for sure!
Kecak dance was Rachel’s favorite activity in Bali. This traditional dance is very popular in Bali it involves acting and fire. They do it at night time and we saw a couple of show during our stay in Bali. It’s a perfect activity after having your dinner and it was really fun! As one of the best things to do in Ubud at night.
We went for dinner and watched The Barong Dance was one of the highlights of the trip as she enjoys the theatrics involved in the performance. After the play, the performers even let us take pictures with them.
Day 2 Itinerary in Ubud
For the second day in Ubud itinerary you can start your day relaxing in your accommodation with those typical breakfast in Bali. We enjoyed them a lot. It can be local, a la carte, buffet and even floating breakfast if you like to take nice pictures.
You can continue the day visiting temples around city center you will find a few. You can also visit the central market for shopping local products. They are very affordable and sometimes you need to bargain the price since they can be high. Remember always to bargain them with smile.
Rachel bought a few dresses and they even went down the price when they saw she was Filipino from the initial price. It’s always great supporting locals.
Rachel had so much fun in the local market, she bought the typical handmade bag called rattan from Ubud and also bought some dress for her collection. The local sellers were so friendly.
You can get dresses starting from $10 USD and the typical and super famous rattan bag starts at $15 USD depending on the size.
Local Food in Ubud
We love trying out local food in countries that we visit. Most of the choices were Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Mee Goreng (fried noodles), tempe and also Nasi Campur (rice mixed with vegetables). Prices starting from $1-2 USD.
Bakso and Soto are great if you want to try out their local soup and Gado Gado if you like salad. Sate was Rachel’s favorite and she was eating all the time, she loved putting peanut sauce on it. All these local dishes were $1-2 USD.
You can try some local food in the restaurants is so affordable and so delicious. They call Warung to a local restaurant and sometimes you can order dishes and sometimes you choose food and put all together in a dish and they charge depending on what you oredered.
It’s important to learn about Hinduism culture. Ubud is full of temples, we liked observing the architectural style while walking around in Ubud. It’s great if you can have a guide or a local friend explain to you some information about their religion and culture.
Campuhan Ridge Walk
Campuhan Ridge Walk is great to visit for sunset. You will find a small walk with a sign and just enjoy walking for 30-40 minutes. You can take pictures on the way. There is no entrance fee at Campuhan Ridge Walk.
Day 3 Ubud Itinerary And More
For your day 3 in your itinerary in Ubud you can start your day having yoga. And after breakfast you can have a spa treatment with your flower bath, healthy food and your massage which are so popular in Ubud.
If you have time you can also try yoga classes for a few days, Ubud is one of the best places to do it. Waking up early in the morning and doing this activity will make you feel great for the rest of the day. There a few places where you can stay and do yoga at the same time.
We chose Fivelements for our Spa Experience in Ubud. Probably one of the best massages (if not the best) we’ve experienced so far in Bali, we treated ourselves with the Boreh Ritual signature treatment.
It includes a short meditation before starting the massage, massage oils and scrubs of our choice (cinnamon), a floral bath while drinking ginger tea, and a nice hot shower before stuffing ourselves with some of their best vegetarian food courses.
Adventure in Ubud
If you prefer adventure you can rent an ATV or a motorbike and explore around Ubud waterfalls and even day trips to water temple Pura Tirta Empul., Pura Lempuyang Luhur in Mt Agun. All these places are 2 hour driving distance from Ubud. You can go own your own motorbike, with Grab or Go Jek or renting a private driver.
Tegenungan Waterfall is located just 20 minute driving from Ubud, Tegenungan is a touristy waterfall for a reason. Tegenungan Waterfall entrance fee is 15 000 IDR per person. It’s so beautiful and touristy the best things is going early morning.
Tibumana Waterfall is located 40 minutes driving from Ubud. Tibumana Waterfall is one of the places that you can’t miss in your Ubud itinerary. It’s full of locals and it’s becoming a popular place for tourists too. Tibumana Waterfall entrance fee is 10 000 IDR per person.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Tukad Cepung Waterfall is located 1 hour driving from Ubud. You have to make sure you visit with the day light to see from the cave and making the experience so incredible. Tukad Cepung Waterfall entrance fee is 10 000 IDR.
ADD ADVENTURE TO THE UBUD COUNTRY-SIDE LIFE
To add on top of Ubud’s allure, we took a ATV adventure to experience the country side of Ubud in a much more different way.
ATV, buggy, and rafting activities is popular in Ubud. Rachel and I had an amazing time riding through Ubud’s paddies, country side and seeing more of the real local life while driving up and down with the tandem buggy.
Day Trips from Ubud
If you want to do day trips from Ubud around 2 hours driving your motorbike or less if you join to a private tour. The most popular places are: Ulun Danu Beratan Temple and Handara Gates near Mundul area and Tirta Empul water temple and Lempuyang Luhur in North Bali. You can also visit Bali Swing and more temples around.
It will take two hours driving from Ubud to reach Lempuyang Luhur. It’s so touristy and you will find a lot of people. There is no entrance fee at Lempuyang Luhur but you need to rent a sarong for 10 000 IDR. You will get beautiful pictures.
Handara Gates is located around Munduk area which is two hours driving from Ubud. You will have to wait the line for taking pictures. The place is beautiful but can be a long line. Handara Gates entrance fee is 30 000 IDR.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is a great place for visiting. If you go early morning will be less busy. If you visit during a Festival as we did can be crowded but it will be a worth it experience. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple entrance fee is 50 000 IDR.
Where to Stay in Ubud
There are places on a budget starting from $10 USD and luxury accommodation where rates starts at $200 USD. Our favorite places were Four Seasons at Sayan where you enjoy next to the river.
You can also try AirBnB in Bali with prices starting from 140K IDR which is $10 USD. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!
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