The village of Ubud is a spiritually minded hub of yoga and meditation, but also a place full of workshops, cultural experiences, and natural beauty. The opportunities for artistic development, personal growth, exploration, and even shopping are so diverse that it can be a challenge deciding how to make the most of your time there. Fortunately, we have created an itinerary for you of what to do in Ubud in just one day with a variety of options depending on what appeals to your own inner adventurer!
Embark on a Private Ubud Village Tour
A Private Ubud Village Tour is an all-inclusive tour that covers many of the Ubud highlights. You will be picked up at your hotel at 8:30am and will begin by watching a Balinese customary dance known as Barong. Then you will have the opportunity to see the infamous Batik cloth weaving up-close and personal. A visit to the Celuk Village, the center of gold and silver work, will immerse you in this delicate art and also provide an opportunity to purchase handmade jewelry straight from the source. Then you will enjoy a coffee break while visiting the local plantation industry and be rest assured, it will be coffee like you have never experienced before! In the remaining time before lunch, you will visit three important sites for any visitor to Ubud, including wood carving artwork in action, the wealthy Batuan temple with elaborate carvings, and the not to miss Monkey forest, where you can get up close to the monkeys and take some unique photos home! Enjoy a delicious Indonesian lunch and visit the Ubud Market and Ubud Palace before your return to your hotel at 17:30. This is a fantastic way to experience the diversity Ubud has to offer, without worrying about planning the details as all will be organized for you in private and comfortable air-conditioned transport.
Perfect your Expresso in a Coffee Workshop
For you coffee lovers out there, you might be interested in a Coffee Workshop – Expresso Intro. A perfectly made expresso is considered to be liquid gold in the coffee world. In this workshop, you will learn the basic theory of how to use a machine and grinder to fully optimize the extracted shot. If you are looking to take some special coffee home, you can also enjoy a 10% discount on all products. Tour start times are available every half hour from 8am – 9:30am and the workshop lasts about one hour.
Choose from an Array of Workshops
If coffee is just not your thing, Ubud offers a huge diversity in workshops, from homemade beauty products to silver making, perfume making, farming, cooking, batik making, and Balinese painting to name but a few!
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Visit Pura Tirta Empul
Alternatively, begin your day with a 9am tour to Pura Tirta Empul, a holy water temple where you can experience a profound and ancient Old Water Ritual Experience. Bathing in pure spring water, you will express your gratitude and request abundance, health, and happiness from Spirit. In a ritual blessing by the Temple Priest, be enchanted by the chanting of Hindu mantras and the sound of the ringing bell. You will also learn how to drink Holy water, use flower petals in offerings, and the meaning behind the placement of rice grains. A visit to this sacred temple of crystalline waters and banyan roots entwined with ancient sculptures, all accompanied by the insight of Ibu Shanti and her extensive experience bridging cultures, is magical and unique. This tour is offered on the hour from 9-4pm and lasts 2.5 hours.
Brunch at Sari Organik
Upon your return to Ubud, take a leisurely walk through the vibrantly green rice paddies and stop for brunch at the tranquil Sari Organik restaurant for a delicious vegetarian meal. The path is also full of local artisans selling paintings and sculptures, allowing you to double up on shopping along with your stroll to the restaurant.
Shopping at Ubud Market
After lunch, you might like to continue shopping for crafts and beautiful silk at the Ubud market, or depending on your taste, visit some of the more upscale boutiques along Hanuman Street.
Have a Pampering Massage
If on the other hand, you are ready for some pampering, treat yourself to a Full body Balinese Massage above the Ayung River. A Balinese massage is a holistic spa experience, which uses a combination of gentle stretches and some acupressure similar to reflexology. Balinese massages are known to ease fatigue, while improving and relieving lymphatic and muscular systems. Aromatherapy stimulates the flow of blood which improves blood pressure and eases overall stress, bringing a sense of well-being, deep relaxation and calm, all to the sounds of bird song and the gently flowing river below. Massages are available at 9 and 11am or 2 and 3pm.
Experience a Romantic Dinner with a Private Balinese Dance
As the sun descends, enjoy a Romantic Dinner with a private Balinese Dance, which begins at 6pm. This gourmet dinner of dishes like asparagus scallops risotto and prawn patties on a lemongrass skewer is also available with a 5-course vegetarian option. Your meal will be accompanied by the charming sound of rindik and gamelon. Alternatively, you might enjoy local food such as the famous babi guling, or suckling pig, which is superb at Ibu Oka Warung. After filling your belly, hit up a night performance on your own. The streets of Ubud are always full of locals selling tickets to a Kecak fire show at a moment’s notice.
With all the options, you truly can’t go wrong, but rather than putting the time in energy into trying to decide what to do and where to go in Ubud, try this itinerary and you surely will not be disappointed! If one day is just not enough, why not extend your stay and enjoy the Batukaru Temple Private Tour, a full day experience from 9am – 19:30 and includes a visit to the Taman Ayun Temple, lunch overlooking the exquisite Bedugul lake view, a visit to the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, the Bakukaru Temple, the divine Tabanan hot spring water, and the wondrous Butterfly park! With all the available options, you might just decide to stay in Ubud longer and even consider a 5 day tour.
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