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Travel Guide

Ubud is the ideal place for a dose of Balinese culture - made up of a mixture of small villages up in the mountains, it oozes creativity and spirituality. One minute you could be witnessing cultural dancing, then the next you could be immersed in the arts and crafts or the yogi scene. Connect with nature in the rainforest and rice paddies, wander the Hindu temples and shrines, and allow yourself to fully disconnect from the outside world. 

Things to do in Ubud

  • things to do on the gili islandsUbud Monkey Forest
    Like monkeys and love seeing animals running around doing their own thing? Enter Ubud's Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - a nature reserve and a Hindu temple combined. It's located in the Padangtegal village and serves up as a spiritual, economic, educational and conservation place for the village. Just make sure the mischievous little monkey's don't steal any of your things!
  • things to do on the gili islandsTegallalang Rice Terrace
    If you've known anyone that's been to Bali, you'll have seen the overly-Instagrammed image of these rice terraces, but when you arrive you'll see why. An abundance of greenery, you can sit at the top and look over the terraces, watching locals farm, or wander further down into the rice paddies. It's best to visit in the morning or late afternoon.
  • things to do on the gili islandsPractice yoga
    If you're looking for it, Ubud is a great place for spirituality and relaxation. There are various yoga houses, studios and retreats that you can find dotted around the district, as well as healthy (and cheap) restaurants. 
  • things to do on the gili islandsUbud art market
    Looking to get your hands on some authentic Balinese goodies? Then make a beeline for the traditional Ubud art market opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace. Most of the arts, crafts and clothing is made in the neighbouring villages so you know you're stocking up on items that will genuinely help the locals. 
  • things to do on the gili islandsGo chasing waterfalls
    Don't listen to TLC, because Ubud is a great place for chasing waterfalls! Goa Rang-Reng is used by locals for spiritual cleansing, Tegenungan is in the lowland surrounded by lush greenery, or check out Kanto Lampo.
  • things to do on the gili islandsVisit ancient temples
    Ubud is dotted with temples and shrines, and give you the opportunity to witness locals taking part in spiritual rituals. Tirta Empul houses pools with fountains where pilgrims seek spiritual purification, Goa Gajah is a meditation site through a stone cave for Buddhists, Gungung Kawi offers up shrines carved into the face of a rock, and Pura Taman Saraswati is surrounded by water and lotuses. 

Where to stay in Ubud

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Ubud centre
Although the centre has been commercialised due to the tourists swarming in, there's still a lot of authentic culture and untouched beauty in the area. It's a great place to base yourself, and it's filled with art studios and cheap restaurants. 
This small village is all about the yoga retreats, mixed in with arts like painting workshops and culutural dances. A great place if you really need to chill out, off the radar, in quiet and peaceful surroundings. 
This village is surrounded by lush fields and greenery, with accommodation dotted around the centre in the sleepier suburbs. The centre is lively in comparison, locals on scooters zooming through the streets, which are host to yoga classes, boutique shops, restaurants and bars.
Goa Gajah
Home to the Hindu site Goa Gajah, this sanctuary is entered by walking through a demons mouth into a cave, with hand-carved stone work and lush jungle and rice paddies surrounding it. A peaceful place to stay for a night or two in order to visit the mysterious site.
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Our favourite Ubud hotels

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Maya Ubud
Set on ten hectares of lush grounds bordered by paddy fields, close to Ubud Palace and the Monkey Forest Sanctuary. What's the vibe? Upscale resort with bright rooms, chic living areas, outdoor pools and amazing views of rice terraces.
From £112 for a twin/double | from £224 for a single - includes breakfast
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 Hotel Tjampuhan Spa
Hotel Tjampuhan Spa
Located right in the heart of Ubud overlooking Gunung Lembah Temple, and the Oos and Tjampuhan rivers. What's the vibe? A royal guesthouse decorated with traditional Balinese architecture. 
From £38 for a twin/double | From £76 for a single - includes breakfast
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How long does it take to get from Bali airport to Ubud?

It takes around 1 hour to get from Denpasar Airport to Ubud, and there are plenty of taxi's available from the airport. Usually hotels, hostels and guesthouses will help you to arrange pickup so that you know that it's sorted before you get there - and they'll usually give you an already agreed price.

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