A retreat in itself, Ubud is Bali’s beautifully serene and laidback jungle location. For those looking for a tranquil trip full of yoga, hikes, picturesque waterfalls, spas, healthy food and an ambience of traditional Balinese culture, Ubud is a must-visit. Widely regarded as the cultural and artistic centre of Bali, zen-seekers certainly won’t run out of activities and experiences to lose themselves in. Offering a plethora of dining options including vegetarian and vegan delights, Ubud is where you’ll find the most diverse food scene in Bali, from gourmet to gastro, catering for vegans and meat-eaters alike. Situated just two hours from Kuta, Ubud is a welcome break from the parties and crowds found in other areas. It satisfies a multitude of different interests and desires, exposing you to fine art, beautiful souvenirs and trinkets from local shops, and thriving digital nomad spaces for the travelling entrepreneur.
Get some instagram-worthy photos at the Toya Devasya hot springs, admire the cascading beauty of the Kanto Lampo waterfall, visit the lush rice paddy fields or pay a visit to the Monkey Forest where the macaques roam freely.
A visit to Ubud isn’t complete without going to the Monkey Forest Sanctuary south of the village which is inhabited by cheeky monkeys waiting for visitors with peanuts. The interesting Pura Dalem Agung (Temple of the Dead) is also located in the forest and features amazing ancient trees and sculptures.