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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Ubud, Bali



Ubud, Bali, is one of my absolute favorite places on Earth. This charming town nestled in the heart of Bali holds a unique atmosphere that I can only describe as magical. The city is a cultural center that offers a unique mix of experiences, rich culture, and traditions that make it a must-visit for all travelers. From a wide variety of yoga classes and delicious cuisine, from the warmth of its people to stunning rice fields, Ubud is a traveler's paradise. In this article, I want to share what makes Ubud so unique and my top 10 reasons why you need to visit Ubud, Bali.



1. Yoga Heaven


Ubud holds the title of Bali's Yoga Capital, and it's not hard to understand why. Surrounded by a serene environment, it's the perfect destination to revitalize your body, mind, and soul. The town holds an extensive array of Yoga Studios, each offering a diverse selection of yoga classes. Whether you're into traditional Hatha Yoga, Yin, Fire Classes, or unique workshops like Conscious Connected Breathwork sessions and ecstatic dance classes, you will indeed find the perfect fit. You don't need to be a professional yogi to enjoy these classes; they cater to all experience levels.


My all-time favorite Yoga studio in Ubud, Bali, is called Alchemy Yoga Center. Alchemy is the perfect place to unwind, relax, and enjoy a genuinely unique Yoga class led by incredibly talented yoga teachers. The Yoga Center is easily accessible right by the street, and once you enter through the doors, you arrive at the most serene and green oasis.



2. Traditional Balinese Food

Ubud Shanti Warung (left image) - local food in the rice fields (Meal price: US $2,5).

Warung Makan Bu Rus, Ubud (middle image) - local food in town (Meal price: US $6).

Nirwa Urbud Karma (right image) - Hotel Breakfast included with the stay.


Ubud is a culinary heaven for food enthusiasts! This charming town in Bali offers a delightful array of dining options to suit every palate. If you're looking to savor the authentic flavors of Bali, local warungs are the go-to spots where you can relish traditional Balinese cuisine prepared with love and care. For those seeking a more upscale dining experience, Ubud also boasts various restaurants where you can dine in style and enjoy gourmet dishes in a luxurious setting. Moreover, if you're a vegan or a fan of raw food, Ubud has got you covered with numerous specialty restaurants that cater to your dietary preferences. Whether you're a food adventurer or a discerning eater, Ubud's culinary scene has something to offer everyone, making it a must-visit destination for food lovers.


Vegan & Raw Food Restaurants:

Lazy Cats Cafe (left image) - trendy vegetarian restaurant (Meal price: US $10).

Zest (middle image) - vegan restaurant (Best vegan mini burgers: US $6).

The Seeds of Life (right image) - vegan restaurant (Meal price: US $10).

Alchemy Cafe - vegan restaurant opposite of The Alchemy Yoga Studio.



3. Unique Culture and Architecture in Ubud, Bali


Ubud's architecture is a captivating fusion of traditional Balinese design and modern influences, creating a picturesque cityscape that delights visitors' eyes. As you wander through its streets, you'll be surrounded by an array of stunning structures that showcase the rich cultural heritage of Ubud, Bali. The city is adorned with temples, palaces, and traditional buildings, each meticulously crafted to reflect the intricate details of Balinese architecture.


Also, every corner of Ubud shows the spirit of Balinese heritage, and the streets are lined with architectural wonders that inspire a sense of wonder. The harmonious coexistence of the old and the new, the traditional and the contemporary, makes Ubud an ideal setting for a profound cultural experience.



4. Friendly Locals

The people of Ubud are genuinely some of the warmest and friendliest individuals you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting. Interacting with the locals provides an invaluable opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Balinese culture and experience firsthand the renowned Balinese hospitality that the island is known for.


Engaging with Ubud's residents is more than just a simple exchange of words; it's a chance to deepen your understanding of the local way of life. Whether you strike up a conversation at a bustling market, share a moment of laughter at a cultural festival, or engage with people you meet along the way, the warmth of the people will leave a lasting impression.



5. Lush Green Rice Fields and Terraces

elliandjake in rice terraces in Ubud, Bali.

The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are one of the most iconic symbols of Ubud. These lush, green platforms of rice paddies offer a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. To escape the tourist masses, check out Mancingan Rice Terrace as a perfect alternative. Admire the stunning emerald-green landscapes here and take a relaxing stroll through the rice fields.


Likewise, due to gaining massive popularity in recent years, Tegallalang has become a tourist heaven offering lots of activities, such as swings (see image below) and other photo spots. If you want a more serene getaway from the city, stroll further into the (Tegallalang) rice fields, leaving the tourist masses behind, or check out neighboring rice fields such as Mancingan Rice Terrace.




6. Unique Experiences in Ubud, Bali

My Cooking Class Recommendation: Paon Bali (US$ 28)


Ubud, Bali, is a vibrant hub for various distinctive and enriching experiences that cater to multiple interests. For example, you can immerse yourself in the local culture by participating in a traditional Balinese cooking class, where you can master the art of Balinese cuisine with the guidance of skilled chefs. It's a hands-on journey into the heart of the region's culinary traditions, offering not only delicious flavors but also a deeper understanding of the local gastronomy.


Or you can engage your creative side in jewelry-making and wood carving workshops, where you can craft your unique pieces and appreciate the intricate craftsmanship integral to Balinese culture.


Also, adventure seekers will find their calling on the waters of the Ayung River with an exciting rafting excursion. Surrounded by lush tropical scenery, this activity promises not only an adrenaline rush but also a profound connection with the natural beauty of the area.



7. Vibrant Street Markets


Ubud's bustling markets are vibrant hubs of local artistry and craftsmanship, providing visitors with an exceptional shopping experience. These markets are a treasure trove of unique items, offering a wide array of traditional textiles, intricately hand-carved wooden souvenirs, hand-crafted jewelry, and artisanal crafts.


From batik textiles that showcase the island's traditional patterns to exquisitely carved wooden figurines and masks that carry centuries of craftsmanship, these markets are a haven for those seeking authentic and one-of-a-kind souvenirs.



8. Massage Heaven

elliandjake getting a massage in Ubud, Bali.

Bali's spa culture is renowned for its excellence, providing various massage treatments to cater to every need and preference. From traditional Balinese massages that use age-old techniques and local herbs to pampering aromatherapy sessions and hot stone massages, Bali's spas have something for everyone.


Bali's massages are more than just treatments; they are a holistic escape that offers a deeper connection to the island's culture and the perfect way to unwind and rejuvenate in paradise.


You can also treat yourself to a relaxing Balinese massage without breaking the bank. Numerous spas and wellness centers offer soothing treatments that will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated. Massage experiences range from simple Balinese massages such as the picture above (US$6 for 60 minutes) to modern spa treatments in trendy locations. (US$ 28 for 60 min).


My Spa Recommendations in Ubud, Bali:

Leni Relaxing Massage - local Balinese massage see image above (US $6 for 60 min)

INKA Spa - higher price (US $28 for 60 min relaxation massage)

Chapung Spa - Spa experiences (from US $12 - $50)



9. Day Pools Passes in Ubud, Bali


There are plenty of guest houses in Ubud that allow visitors to enter and use the pool and its amenities for a small fee or a commitment to spend a certain amount of money during your time at the pool.


For example, at the hotel Jungle Fish, you can reserve a sun bed by the pool that comes with committing to spend 350.000 IDR (US$ 22) on food and drinks. So, you don't pay any entry costs, but you commit to spending $22 US dollars, which is a fair price for a nice ambiance. When I visited, I chose a mocktail, two mini burgers, a smoothie, and Bao Buns for takeaway.


Next time you're in Ubud, Bali, don't forget to experience pure relaxation by dipping in one of Ubud's infinity pools overlooking the picturesque rice terraces.


elliandjake at Jungle Fish Pool  in Ubud, Bali
Jungle Fish Pool in Ubud, Bali

Note: Jungle Fish is the perfect relaxation getaway located just outside Ubud in between the rice fields. Also, the Chapung Spa, mentioned above, is located on the same property, making it the perfect pamper day with a finish-off at Jungle Fish's pool.



10. Spiritual Experiences in Ubud, Bali - Workshops and Healing Sessions


Ubud, Bali, is a spiritual haven where travelers can immerse themselves in various soul-nourishing experiences. Traditional fire ceremonies offer a glimpse into Balinese spirituality, while conscious connected Breathwork sessions at the Yoga Barn provide a holistic approach to well-being. The Pyramids of Chi offer ancient healing sessions, and local Balinese healers, known as "Balian," provide unique spiritual journeys. Ubud's diverse offerings cater to those seeking inner peace and self-discovery, making it an ideal destination for spiritual exploration and growth.



My fire ceremony experience with a traditional Balinese Healer:



Summary

Ubud, Bali, is a truly magical place. And, although the town has become increasingly popular among tourists, you can still feel a sense of tranquility in the air. It's a unique place where you can immerse yourself in culture, go on adventures, and connect with the loveliest locals. Whether you seek wellness experiences or yoga classes or want to unwind in a natural paradise, Ubud offers an experience that's truly one of a kind. Don't miss out on the magic of this enchanting town in the heart of Bali.


Have you been to Bali? What were your favorite things to do and see there? Let us know in the comments below!


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