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Welcome to Ubud
From the minute you enter this captivating town in Bali, it feels as if you’ve been permitted entrance to some secret and special place. Elaborate temples, moss-covered stone carvings, and colorful offerings made of fruit and flowers are never far from view here, where jungle foliage crowds the city streets and vines as thick as your arm sway overhead.
In Ubud, streets hum with the whiz of motorbikes and surge with visitors and locals alike. Here you’ll find fresh, healthful food; abundant yoga studios; and a booming arts and crafts scene. This cultural milieu is set against a breathtaking backdrop of emerald-green rice terraces and verdant forests.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Ubud
Tropical Ubud receives the most visitors in spring and summer, during the dry season. The dry season is also the hot season, with heat and humidity peaking in the summer months. Fall and winter bring rain storms (especially in October and November), but crowds pick up again in December as visitors from colder environs flock to Ubud to stay in a villa for the winter holiday season. You’re likely to encounter a downpour any time of year, so pack accordingly. Ubud hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year, such as the Ubud Food Festival, which features workshops and cooking demonstrations in June, and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in October, which brings a fleet of international writers to the town.
Top things to do in Ubud
Agung Rai Museum of Art
Explore a fascinating selection of Balinese artworks, including traditional paintings on tree bark, works from important contemporary artists, and selections from expat painters including famous German artists at this museum named for the storied art collector who founded it. You can see artists at work in a pagoda outside in a beguiling garden. It’s especially interesting to watch those who paint astoundingly intricate large-scale landscapes in minute detail.
Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets
There is a rich tradition of mask-making and puppetry in Indonesia and Bali, and you can explore the intricate craftsmanship that goes into the colorful artform at this museum housing more than 1,300 masks and 5,700 puppets. The sprawling collection includes traditional shadow puppets alongside contemporary ones modeled after public figures such as Barack Obama (who lived in Indonesia as a child), as well as some international items such as 16th-century stick puppets from Sicily. The collection is in a series of traditional Javanese teak-wood houses called joglos and surrounded by tropical gardens and rice fields. Check the website to see if there are any live performances scheduled.
Campuhan Ridge Walk
This gentle hike, much of it on a stone pathway, cuts through some of Ubud’s most gorgeous scenery. Perched — as advertised — on a ridge, the Campuhan Ridge Walk will give you panoramic views of Ubud’s undulating rice terraces. Few things are as calming as undertaking this stroll under a bright sky, surrounded on all sides by vibrant green fields. If you work up a thirst along the way, you will encounter a few cafes along the way where you can refuel.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Ubud?
Ubud's tropical climate means warm temperatures year-round, typically between 70°F (21°C) and 90°F (32°C). The region has two distinct seasons: dry from June to September, and rainy from October to March. Even in the rainy season, showers are usually brief, allowing plenty of time to explore.
What are some of the best things to do in Ubud?
In Ubud, you can discover traditional art at the Agung Rai Museum, experience Balinese culture at a traditional dance performance, or pamper yourself with a yoga or wellness retreat. Visiting the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, exploring local crafts markets, or taking a cooking class are also often recommended activities.
What is the best time of year to visit Ubud?
The most popular time to visit Ubud is during the dry season from June to September. As for local events, the Bali Spirit Festival in March and the Ubud Food Festival in April are frequently attended. The Bali Arts Festival, from mid-June to mid-July, showcases traditional Balinese culture.
What are the best places to stay in Ubud?
The town center area, with its bustling market and Royal Palace, is frequently suggested. Pengosekan, south of the center, is known for wellness retreats and yoga studios. For a more serene ambiance, consider staying in the Sayan area, which is surrounded by nature and has views of the Ayung River.
What are the best places to visit in Ubud?
Often recommended places to visit in Ubud include the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the Ubud Art Market, and the Puri Saren Agung, Ubud's Royal Palace. You can also explore the Neka Art Museum, or take in the tranquil beauty of the Saraswati Temple.
What are some hiking trails in Ubud?
The Campuhan Ridge Walk is a popular hiking trail, with its stunning hillside views. The Mount Batur Sunrise Trek, a few kilometers outside Ubud, provides the opportunity to watch the sunrise over the island. Additionally, the Tegallalang Rice Terraces offers paths through its green landscapes.
What are some family activities to do in Ubud?
Ubud has many activities for families. The Bali Zoo and Bali Bird Park provide fun animal encounters, while the Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets offers a glimpse into Balinese culture. An adventure to the Campuhan Ridge Walk or a visit to the Ubud Monkey Forest can be fascinating for both kids and adults.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Ubud?
Venture out to the captivating Tegallalang Rice Terraces, explore the sacred Tirta Empul Temple, or visit the ancient Goa Gajah Elephant Cave. Nature lovers often enjoy a day at the Bali Swing, which provides panoramic views of the jungle, or a tour to Mount Batur, an active volcano about 1 hour away.
Are there vacation home rentals with a dedicated workspace in Ubud?
Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 10 vacation home rentals in Ubud featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.
How much does it cost to stay in vacation home rentals in Ubud?
Experience the best of Ubud with our vacation home rentals, starting at about $10 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.