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Top 7 Things to Do in Ubud, Bali – How to Properly Discover Paradise

Ubud is not your quintessential Bali beach destination. It is a mountainous region which is rich in culture and tradition but also boasts many fun attractions and activities to keep you engaged.


Visit Tegalalang Rice Terrace

The beautifully sculpted and maintained rice terraces of Tegalalang are not only an iconic sight to see in Bali but also a manifestation of the Balinese Hindu Philosophy. The surroundings are picturesque with clear blue skies and towering palms setting the perfect scene for a tropical escape. If you're visiting the area be sure to explore the nearby villages to hear local stories and explore the culture of the locals.


Explore Ubud Monkey Forest

Though this forest of about 12.5 hectares is now home to hundreds of monkeys that attract many visitors it was initially created to depict the traditional philosophy of Tri Hita Karana 'the three causes of well-being'. There are many temples and places of worship on the compound while the atmosphere is calm and serene; a perfect place to be lost with your thoughts amidst all the glory of Mother Nature's creation.


Cycle around Ubud

If you're staying at any Ubud Bali Resort you will be able to rent a bicycle to cycle around this beautiful rural region of Bali. Even if you're staying at luxurious Alila Ubud, step out a bit and explore – there is simply so much to see and experience. A little exercise, sightseeing and the clean Balinese air will do you wonders.


Watch Traditional Performances

Ubud is known as the capital of arts and culture in Bali and is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the many and varied performance arts that originate from Bali like the notorious Kecak fire dance and beautiful sounding Gamelan being played. You can see such performances anywhere from the Royal Palace to many restaurants and public places.


Learn Traditional Performances and Crafts

You will definitely enjoy the colourful display of traditional Balinese dances and performances and while you're there why not try it out yourself? Bali has always been a hub for tourists and the local culture has for the most part interwoven and adapted to it, so finding a place to learn is not difficult at all.


Get on the mat

There are many well-reputed yoga studios in Bali and some of which are kind of quirky like the Ambar Ashram which is famous for its intriguing laughter yoga. The setting is perfect with cool air, sunshine and chirpy birds to focus on a little wellness while on holiday.


Eat Raw

You may assume that eating raw is something for hippies and hardcore vegans but here in the Bali it just happens to go hand in hand with the chill vibe of Ubud and the general sense of wellness in the air. Eating raw does have its benefits and is actually an important part of the whole wellness scene. Try to eat vegan at least when you're in Ubud; you'll be surprised how good healthy vegan dishes can taste.