Ubud is one of the most famous areas in Bali. It is surrounded by rice paddies, countless waterfalls, yoga retreats and temples. Here we leave you a guide to visit Ubud and the north of the island in 3 days. There are places that we didn't get to visit in these days but we leave them in the blog anyway.
There are two ways to get around Bali:
- Renting a motorbike: this is the most popular option for tourists as it is very cheap, both in terms of petrol and renting amotorbike. The price per day is apox $USD 5. It also gives you a lot of freedom.
- Private taxi: it is more expensive, but if you are not used to riding a motorbike we recommend this option. We hired a driver for two days and after several minutes of negotiation we managed to get him to drop him off for $700,000 rupees ($USD 50).
4-day itinerary in Bali
1. Tegallalang Rice Fields
It is one of the most famous terraces in Bali. We recommend going early in the morning to avoid the heat and the crowds.
There is usually a small entrance fee of around 10,000 rupees (less than US$1).
Walk up the valley until you pass a small bridge. From there, walk to the other side of the Tegalalang rice terraces. The total walk takes only 10-15 minutes. To explore every nook and cranny of the rice terraces you will need 30-90 minutes. Be sure to take water and sunscreen.
Most of the rice fields are fenced off and if you want to pass them for a photo, they will ask for about 50,000 IDR to pass.
Although June is one of the best times to visit Bali as it is the dry season, the downside is that the rice paddies lose some of their charm. The first picture is how we saw the paddy fields during this time, and the second is how it looks like during the rainy months.
2. Bali Swing
You probably saw many pictures in Ubud of huge hammocks over the rice paddies. It is very famous among tourists, and it looks like a fun experience! We didn't do it because there were queues of more than 20 minutes, but, if you want to do it, the prices are much cheaper at Tegallalang Rice Paddies.
We were looking around and there are places that want to charge you $USD 17 but in this area we found places for $USD 7 and with an incredible view of the rice fields.
It is a huge forest full of monkeys and trees, which is really worth a visit! There are lots of workers on site to make sure the monkeys don't attack you, so don't be afraid! To avoid the monkeys stealing something from you, keep your backpack tightly closed and don't carry things in your hand.
The entrance fee is $50.000 rupees ($USD 3,5), a bit more expensive than the rest of the places but worth it, not only for the monkeys but also because the place is amazing!
4. Campuhan Ridge Walk
It is a short walk of 2 km. Along the way you will see rice terraces, warungs (food stalls) and temples, the path is asphalted so it is very easy to follow.
Admission is free.
To get there you have to go to the Ibah hotel, walk down the street, cross a small bridge and pass the temple.
Day 2 .
Today we head to the northwest of the island to visit temples and waterfalls. The drive to this area from Ubud is approximately 2 hours.
5. Pura Ulun Danu Batan
It is a Hindu temple located on Lake Bratan. It is one of the temples we liked the most on the island.
The entrance fee is $50,000 rupees ($USD 3.5).
6. Handara Gate
These are very famous Hindu gates, thanks to Instagram, which are actually the entrance to a golf club. We didn't think it was a must-see.
They charge $5,000 rupiah ($USD 0.40) to take a photo, which is almost nothing, but it is incredible how in Bali they will charge you for absolutely everything. Besides, to get your photo taken you can have to wait in line for 30 minutes. Obviously when we were there we took it ;).
7. Wanagiri Hidden Hill
It is a viewpoint with hammocks and nests to take pictures and an incredible view. Although it is a place that became very fashionable thanks to Instagram, if you are in the area we recommend you to go.
The entrance fee is more expensive than usual, around $100,000 rupees ($USD 7).
8. Git Git Waterfall
It is a complex made up of several waterfalls, including Git Git and Twins falls. The trek to get there is very easy to do, approximately 15 minutes walking.
You are charged an entrance fee of $5,000 rupees ($USD 0.40).
When you arrive there are "guides" who want to sell you the excursion saying that it is difficult to get to the waterfall, don't listen to them, the path is perfectly signposted and super easy to get to!
9. Sekumpul Waterfall
They are located 45 minutes from Git Git and are really impressive!
The entrance fee is around $20,000 rupees ($USD 1.5).
Again, they will want to charge you for trekking, saying that it is difficult to get to the waterfall, but the truth is that it is very easy and it is not necessary to pay a guide.
10. Goa Gajah Temple
Also known as the elephant cave, it is an important meditation temple. The entrance to the cave is formed by a huge elephant carved into the rock.
There is a $15,000 rupee ($USD 1) entry fee.
11. Sarawati Temple
This temple is dedicated to Sarawati, the goddess of speech and arts. It is surrounded by a pond full of lotus flowers, which is beautiful.
Admission is free.
12. Ubud Market
One block from the Royal Palace is the Ubud market. It's the perfect place to pick up a souvenir from the island, they have some very nice things!
Here you will have to put your bargaining skills into practice, sometimes they will lower the price by up to 50%.
Do you have 1 more day in Ubud?
Guide to the north-east of the island.
13. Tirta Gangga
Also known as the water palace. The most beautiful things to see are the gardens, there are many fountains with paths through the water and statues.
Admission is $20,000 rupees ($USD 1.5).
14. Pure Lempuyang
This is also a temple that became very famous thanks to Instagram because of the famous photo on the door and the reflection of the water, which from what we read is a mirror effect! Beyond that, it is a very beautiful temple, with a great view and one of the most important in Bali.
Admission is at will.
15. Tukad Cepung Waterfall
It's a waterfall inside a cave, it's completely incredible!
It takes about 30 minutes to get there and it is advisable to wear shoes that can get wet.
Where to stay?
There are two options:
- Centre of Ubud: Close to restaurants, shops and cafes.
- Outside Ubud: Incredible view of the rice fields. But you are a bit further away from the centre and there are no shops nearby.
We stayed in the outskirts as we wanted to enjoy a good view. We went to two hotels, as we wanted to experience the infinity pool in Bali, and our budget was not enough to stay 4 nights in a hotel like this. So we stayed 2 nights in a homestay and 2 nights in a hotel with an infinity pool!
- Umah Nick HomestayHomestays are very common in Southeast Asia and are usually very well looked after and inexpensive. They are very well appointed rooms in local people's houses. We recommend this Homestay 100%, the room was huge with a balcony overlooking the rice fields. The bathroom, the bed and everything was very clean, new and comfortable. The breakfast was delicious and the service 10 points. The only thing, as we said at the beginning, is that it is a bit far from the centre of Ubud, but it has its own local centre where you can buy food in the stalls super cheap! The price of a double room is $USD 14 per night.
- Doni House and VillaThe pool has an incredible view! The breakfast is spectacular, and they also offer you the possibility of having it in the pool. The good thing is that although it is far from the centre, they have a shuttle bus that takes you for free at certain times! The room was a bit small compared to the homestay. The service was very good, they helped us with everything! The price is $USD 50 per night, as you can see, more than double the price of the other one. Did we like it? Yes, but we wouldn't pay that back, we would stay with the homestay 100%. Both for the price and the experience.