Ubud is truly iconic. It lies in the heart of Bali and is defined by its curious, yet beautiful jungle vibes and rice terraces. Although spreading out your time out in this amazing city would be ideal, It IS possible to hit all the major spots in just 24 hours if that's all the time you have.
Just to begin, I'd like to mention that if you don’t have your own moped, getting a driver is a must. We were lucky enough to find Gede! He is extremely kind hearted, a wealth of knowledge, extremely comfortable with English, a spectacular photographer (here’s the link to his Instagram), and the perfect guide to help anyone travel around Ubud. There are drivers everywhere, but Gede is definitely worth reaching out to FIRST.
So once you have your moped or driver, you are set to go!
Campuhan Ridge Walk
This hill has some of the most stunning views and attracts tourists and locals alike. It's a mild hike up to the top, but the view is definitely worth it (Did I mention that it's free?).
The easiest way to find the starting point of the trail is do seek out the Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas and Spa. There will be a sign that reads "Going to the Hill" with a direction arrow. Simply follow the path and you will be directed downwards, cross the Campuhan River, and then come face to face with a breathtaking Balinese temple. Prepare to be amazed! As you continue, you will eventually reach the top after about 15 minutes and you won't regret it.
I would suggest trying to get there as early in the day as possible. The ridge walk can get pretty scorching when the sunshine is intensely beating down around noon. Have a wonderful time and STAY HYDRATED if you go later in the day!
Tegenungan Waterfall is one of those natural wonders that everyone naturally just loves to marvel at. I mean, who wouldn't? The best part about visiting is that you don't have to just watch from afar, you can even enjoy yourself in the pool at the base of the waterfall! Doesn't that just sound dreamy?
If you're hoping for some cool shots, this is another place to get to before the crowds come flooding. If you don't mind the crowds; the cool water from this site could be incredibly refreshing when the heat kicks in.
Tegallalang Rice Terrace
I started my day in Ubud in the afternoon, so unfortunately I did not have enough time to see the rice terrace in person. With that being said, it was still incredibly high on my list of things to do and would recommend making it a priority while in Ubud! When I think of Ubud, I think of these incredible rice fields that stretch as far as the eye can see, so do yourself a favor. Go visit the Tegallalang Rice Terrace!
If you get a good photo, please tag me (@alleykerr) so I can live vicariously through your shots :)
The Bali swing is an exciting attraction where you can explore beautiful sights and get a little adrenaline rush at the same time! There are multiple high flying swings to choose from with incredible views. As you soar across the sky, exquisite lush greenery hangs below. This is the perfect spot for anyone craving that instagrammable Bali photo or anyone who lives for a little thrill. If big swings aren’t your thing and other people in your group want to go, don’t you worry, there are separate entrance fees. The fare is a bit cheaper if you would like to enter the area but not use the swings. Although the swings aren’t included, photo opps with the nests are available!
If you aren’t planning to cram this all into one day, you can also opt to do rafting. The company has services that provide both experiences.
Last, but certainly not least, we have this little piece of heaven.
Before visiting, I had heard nothing but positive claims about this wholesome and inviting food establishment. Many of my friends who have visited Ubud in the past absolutely adored this place and the strong recommendations encouraged me to check it out for myself. I surely was not disappointed.
As I browsed the menu for the first time my mouth dropped straight to the floor. How was this even possible??? The variety of healthy options was inspiring, and I was amazed at how well they catered to people who eat gluten free and vegan.
Vegan "Mylkshakes" with a cashew-milk base? That was a HUGE selling point for me. Eating should be a positive experience. The consumer should be left feeling both satisfied and proud of what they fueled their body with. That is exactly how I felt as I walked out, and this is why Clear Cafe is the perfect place to gather around for dinner after a long day of exploring.
Go try it out and let me know what you think!
Have fun in Ubud!
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