Ubud Bali Travel Guide

Ubud Bali Travel Guide and Tips

Things To See In Ubud Bali Indonesia

Ubud is a pretty town in the hills of Bali, an Island of Indonesia. Famous for its Monkey Forest, Art and Culture – and the book and then movie Eat Pray Love – Ubud has grown rapidly over the past years and is now a busy tourist destination.

Ubud has numerous restaurants, galleries, shops and health spas to keep one amused for days. It also has accommodation for every budget and taste.

It is worth spending a few days in Ubud to appreciate it rather than rushing up fro the coast and back in a day.

Ubud is about an hours drive from Dempasar

Things To See And Do In Ubud Bali

Ubud Monkey Forest

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

The home of three holy temples the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, or just The Money Forest, official name is Manadala Suci Wenara Wana and is found at the end of Monkey Forest Road in Ubud.

The Three temples are; the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, known as the main temple in the SE of the park is used to worship the god Hyang Widhi in the form of Shiva. The Pura Beji in the NW of the park is a holy spring bathing temple, a place of spiritual and physical cleansing. The Pura Prajapati in the NE of the park.

Monkeys - Ubud Monkey Forest

The Monkeys

The Monkeys of the Monkey forest are Macaques know also as Balinese long tail monkeys. There are over 600 monkeys in the park broken into 5 clans or groups that live in different areas of the park.

BEWARE the moneys – they are not the cute, cuddly creatures one imagines but rather wild animals who can become very aggressive if they do not get what they want.  It is advised not to try and pat the monkeys or to feed them

Rice Paddy Walk


Rice Paddy Walk

We thoroughly enjoyed our early morning guided walk through the rice paddies that surround Ubud. While Ubud bustles just aloud the corner the farmer of the rice paddies go about there day as they have for many years.

 The climate of Bali allows for 2 rice crops a year s the rice farmer are always busy in the paddies, at what to me appears to be back breaking working under a hot sun. A tip is to leave very early as it is beautiful in the rice paddies as early in the morning – and much cooler.

Ubud Palace

Ubud Palace

The Royal Place, or Puri Saren Agung is a palace and temple built mainly in 1917 after the earthquake. In the compound are lovely traditional Bali houses with traditional and very intricate Balinese art and sculpture.

The palace is a centre for arts and culture. In front of the palace is a busy market which is fascinating to wonder through. In the evening there are traditional Balinese dance ceremonies. The Ubud palace is at the intersection of Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Raya Ubud right in the centre of Ubud.

Blanco Museum Ubud

Blanco Museum Ubud

The once home of Antonio Blanco (1912–99), a Filipino born to Spanish parents, the Bianco Museum Ubud is now a museum and cultural centre showcasing the expressionist art works along with illustrated poetry the somewhat eccentric Blanco was known for.

It is a nice place to spend a few hours and we very much enjoyed the quirkiness of this museum. Don’t miss the artists studio which has been preserved in time with a number of interesting photos on the walls. Enter through a court year filled with parrots and other birds.

Address: Jalan Raya Penestanan No.8, Sayan,Open 9am to 5pm daily.

Agung Rai Museum of Art

Agung Rai Museum of Art

The Agung Rai Museum of Art was founded by Agung Rai, a Balinese who has devoted his life to the preservation and development of Balinese art and culture.

The museum has a permanent collection of Balinese, Indonesian and foreign artists which ranges from traditional to contemporary. The museum also is a centre for performing arts allowing the visitor to experience theatre performances, dance, music and painting classes.

Address: Jl. Raya Pengosekan Ubud Open 9am – 6pm daily.