Exploring Ubud: 10 Things to Do in Bali’s Enchanting Town

img Ferdian Bukitvista | November 16, 2023

As a data science intern at Bukit Vista, I, Ferdi, have developed a keen interest in exploring diverse cultures and destinations. My recent journey to Ubud, Bali, has been an eye-opener, revealing the rich cultural tapestry and natural beauty of the area. This article aims to guide tourists in Bali, highlighting some of the most engaging and unique experiences in Ubud.

1. Have Dinner at Locavore

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Locavore stands out as Ubud’s most renowned restaurant, and possibly in all of Indonesia. It’s a haven for fusion food enthusiasts, where Chefs Eelke Plasmeijer and Ray Adriansyah create locally inspired dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Their tasting menus, extending up to nine courses, are an exploration of culinary excellence. The fusion dishes like smoked catfish and pork shoulder are a testament to their skill in combining local flavors with foreign techniques. Remember to book in advance for this three-hour dining experience​​.

2. Enjoy the Views at the Campuhan Ridge Walk

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Campuhan Ridge Walk offers a breathtaking opportunity to immerse yourself in Ubud’s natural beauty. This walkthrough of lush hills overlooking a stunning valley starts from the picturesque Gunung Lebah Temple. Following a dedicated path, it’s an excellent way to experience the less-developed areas around Ubud​​.

3. Admire the Museum Puri Lukisan

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As a cultural hub, Ubud is home to Museum Puri Lukisan, a key site for modern art enthusiasts. The museum, conceptualized by Rudolf Bonnet, Walter Spies, and local artist Cokorda Gede Agung Sukawati, showcases a diverse range of artworks with English explanations, offering insights into the region’s art history​​.

4. Visit Pura Taman Saraswati

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Pura Taman Saraswati is a temple dedicated to Dewi Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of wisdom and art. The temple is adorned with carvings of the goddess and features a lotus-filled pond. Evening dance performances here add to its magical appeal​​.

5. Stop for a Cup at Coffee Studio Seniman

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Coffee Studio Seniman is a must-visit for coffee aficionados. This café serves a vast range of beverages, highlighting the best Indonesian beans. The ambiance, complete with rocking chairs, offers a serene environment for coffee enjoyment​​.

6. Visit Threads of Life Indonesian Textile Arts Center

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Threads of Life is a textile gallery supporting local artisans through sustainable textile sales. Visitors can admire traditional handicrafts made with natural dyes and even participate in textile-appreciation courses​​.

7. Explore Puri Saren Palace

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Puri Saren Agung, the Ubud Royal Palace, showcases Balinese architecture and hosts traditional dance performances. Located near the Ubud Art Market, it’s an ideal spot for cultural exploration​​.

8. Enjoy Museum Rudana

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Museum Rudana offers a mix of traditional and modern art across three floors. Overlooking rice fields, it’s an art lover’s paradise with pieces from the 1840s to contemporary artworks​​.

9. Have Lunch at Alchemy Cafe

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Alchemy Cafe is renowned for its raw and vegan cuisine. Their in-house chocolaterie and holistic clinic upstairs offer a unique dining and wellness experience​​.

10. Sample the Delights at Gianyar Night Market

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Finally, Ayung River Rafting is suitable for both beginners and seasoned rafters, this activity offers half or full-day tours along Bali’s longest river. With varying rapids, ranging from class two to class four, the Ayung River promises an adventure-filled journey. During the rainy season, the rapids become more challenging due to higher water levels. The tour includes a professional guide who provides safety instructions and paddling techniques. After about two hours of navigating the rapids, participants can enjoy a buffet lunch before returning to Ubud. For those opting for a full-day adventure, the experience extends to touring other famous attractions in Ubud

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