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A lot of people get inspired from the Eat, Pray, Love movie and followed Julia Robert’s path around the streets of Ubud, rice terraces, and yoga studios in search of balance and harmony. Ubud is a laid-back traditional Balinese town in central Bali, Indonesia, full of culture, paddy fields, and palm trees. However, there’s more to do in Ubud than recreating the scenes of Eat Pray Love. From fine dining on the riverside to visiting temples and staying in the finest private villa Ubud, this peaceful little town promises a wide range of activities and interesting things to try for everyone. 

A Walk in the Sacred Monkey Forest

A Walk in the Sacred Monkey Forest
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The Monkey Forest is one of a holy site in Ubud which has been around since hundreds year ago. It’s a must see for every tourists who come to Ubud! Just make sure you carry as little as possible with you, as the monkeys are extremely fast and can unzip any knapsack to get to some food! Wearing sunglasses, having a lock on your rucksack, not taking any food, and not looking the monkeys in the eyes is an indication of anger to them. The monkey forest trek takes about 30 minutes, depending on how many monkey shots you take!

Spend the Morning at Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Spend the Morning at Tegallalang Rice Terraces from private villa in Bali
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Tegallalang rice terraces are the most famous rice terraces in Ubud and are only a short drive from Ubud. You may access them at various locations, and some of them will require a gift to the landowners, which they claim is owing to the paths they have constructed. However, the paths are in poor condition and can become very slick, so I would advise wearing decent footwear rather than sandals. The greatest time to visit is near the conclusion of the rainy season, when the rice fields are at their greenest.

Take A Shelter in A Cozy Library

Ganesha is an excellent source for books, film, and music for individuals interested in Indonesian media. If you finish a book on your long-haul travel or during your vacation, contribute it to the store’s Books for Bali program to help the local community.

Visit the Tukad Cepekung Waterfall

The light rays that stream through the cracks in the rocks from the top of the waterfall are well-known. It’s truly one-of-a-kind and breathtaking. It is not important to arrive early because the sun must be high enough in the sky to reach the top of the waterfall and light up the cave in the rock. Wear water-resistant shoes or don’t go because you’ll have to walk through water to get to this one.

Fine Dining on the Riverside

Fine Dining on the Riverside
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One of the few fine dining restaurants in Ubud that caters to both vegetarians and meat eaters, with views of the lush Ubud jungles. Not only does the restaurant have a cozy atmosphere on the inside, but as soon as you step outside onto the balcony, you’ll be transported to a beautiful oasis.

There’s nothing like being surrounded by nature and knowing you’re going to eat a fantastic meal to make you feel better! While you eat, the refreshing river rushes beneath you, presenting you with the calming sounds of rushing water.

There is nothing but greenery in front of you, where the rustling leaves serve as a constant reminder of the cold breeze that surrounds you. Because there are only a few chairs on the outdoor balcony, you’ll be able to escape the din and enter an exclusive location where you may be practically alone and at peace.

Go Glamping in Ubud’s Highland

Glamping simply refers to luxury camping. This trend allows you to get a closer look at the local culture and reconnect with nature. Meet new people and document unforgettable travel experiences. When it comes to elegant camping, Ubud tops the list with its luxurious glamping facilities that provide the ultimate stay in the heart of nature.

Stay in A Picture-Perfect Private Villa Ubud

Stay in A Picture-Perfect Private Villa Ubud

We really recommend to skip the hotels when you are in Ubud and opt for private villa instead. Ubud has plenty of vacation rentals options with private pools and amazing views overlooking the lush rainforest or rice paddies. Stay in one of the best private villas in Ubud, Bali, and be surrounded by beauty and stunning views. Unlike hotels and resort, staying in a private holiday home allows you the absolute independence. You’ll have all the spaces for yourself and able to cook for lunch and dinner, which will save you a lot especially for long term stay. 

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Walk along the Campuhan Ridge

Walk along the Campuhan Ridge
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This is a beautiful crest that runs parallel to the jungle-like lush foliage below. Unfortunately, it rained on the day we planned to visit, but I would highly suggest it! It’s also a great area to fly a drone, and it’s incredibly instagrammable! Again, go there as early as possible because it gets crowded with people and tours later.

Spend the Afternoon in Saraswati Temple

Saraswati Temple, located in the heart of Ubud, is one of the most magnificent temples in the area. Visiting the water temple is free of charge. When entering the sacred grounds, just make sure your shoulders and knees are covered (as with most holy temples in Ubud). When visiting Ubud, it is a good idea to bring a sarong with you. Admire the architectural intricacies and characteristics that honor Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of education and the arts, as well as the tranquil atmosphere.

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