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Scratching Beneath the Surface in Ubud, Bali

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Just the other day as my Indonesian wife and I were driving across town and watching visitors wander around seemingly aimlessly, we said to each other, "Hey, it looks like all these people don't know where to go? Don't they know they're in the most urban and boring part of town?" I've been a Canadian expat resident living in Ubud full-time the past 13 years, 15 including other parts of Indonesia.

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10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Seniman Coffee Studio

Restaurants

Bali Bird Walks

Walking Tours

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)

Art Museums, Lessons & Workshops, Performances

Gunung Lebah Temple

Sacred & Religious Sites

Campuhan Ridge Walk

Scenic Walking Areas

Ubud Kajeng Rice Fields Walk

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Farms

Ubud Traditional Art Market

Flea & Street Markets

Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3

Restaurants

Warung Siam

Restaurants

2han's City Tips

  • Trip Advisor doesn't think that learning the local language is important when you travel, so they can't get listed here, but we think it's the most important thing you can do!
  • If you're planning to be in Indonesia for more than 7 days, and you want to scratch beneath the surface, take the "Indonesian Language Crash Course" with Cinta Bahasa.
  • As with anywhere else, a few phrases in Indonesian go a long way. Search on the internet for key phrases for haggling, and watch the prices drop while having fun!
  • Ubud Market prices can be up to 8 times higher than their actual honest selling price. If it's not fixed price, prepare to bargain hard.
  • Tipping is often included in the bill, most people give a flat 5,000 or 10,000 Rupiah note.
  • You don't need to respond to, or answer the question, of anyone who asks, unless you feel like it.
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    Seniman Coffee Studio
    Restaurants (Cafe, Asian, Indonesian, International, Contemporary)
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    2han Says:

    Seniman has the best single-origin coffee in Ubud. Meticulously-crafted coffee and a range of other products, and very fine art. This is where the afficionados go.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Have a coffee to power up your walk.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 689 restaurants in Ubud
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good coffee spot 19/10/2017
    • Great breakfast and fantastic service! 18/10/2017
    • Seniman Coffee Studio
    Address:
    Jl. Sriwedari no. 5
    Ubud 80581
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 812-3607-6640
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$6
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Bali Bird Walks
    Walking Tours
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    2han Says:

    The most fantastic way to get out of Ubud. Su and Victor know their flying fauna inside and out.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be read to walk, and if it's been raining, a little buddy on the soles.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 392 Tours in Ubud
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Escape Ubud central for rural adventure 04/09/2017
    • This should be in your top five things to do in Ubud 24/08/2017
    • Bali Bird Walks
    Address:
    Tjampuhan
    Ubud 80571
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 975009
    Other:
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    Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    2han Says:

    You've got to see the monkeys horseing around in this lush environment. A great place to get photos with the kids being manhandled by the monkeys.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take off the glasses, the hoop earrings and anything shiny they can grab onto and pull.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 135 things to do in Ubud
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Baby monkey bites 😀 20/10/2017
    • Monkey forest 20/10/2017
    • Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
    Phone:
    +62 361 971304
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)
    Art Museums, Lessons & Workshops, Performances
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    2han Says:

    Right near Monkey Forest is the best museum in Ubud set in a well-designed area. The owner is often hanging out nearby and loves to chat with guests, although he's probably far richer than you and I will ever be in our lifetimes!

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 Concerts & Shows in Ubud
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful examples of Balinese Art 18/10/2017
    • Stunning art in magnificent setting 18/10/2017
    • Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)
    Address:
    Pengosekan Road
    Ubud 80571
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 976659
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Gunung Lebah Temple
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    2han Says:

    If you're doing the Bird Walk and headed to the west side of Ubud, then don't miss Gunung Lebah Temple. A major reconstruction completed in early 2015 makes this an amazing sight to see, and even more spectacular in the evening when it's all lit up.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Bring your camera!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 135 things to do in Ubud
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Temple doesn't seem to be open at the moment 14/10/2017
    • Good place to visit 28/09/2017
    • Gunung Lebah Temple
    Address:
    Jl. Raya Campuhan
    Ubud 80571
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 812-3720-7337
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Campuhan Ridge Walk
    Scenic Walking Areas
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    2han Says:

    Close to Gunung Lebah and the Bird Walk, if you like walking, keep on going up the Ridge.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 135 things to do in Ubud
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful walk just outside of the city 19/10/2017
    • Nice walk 19/10/2017
    • Campuhan Ridge Walk
    Address:
    Jl. Raya Campuhan
    Ubud 80571
    Indonesia
    Hours:
    Mon
    07:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Sun
    08:00 - 17:00
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    Ubud Kajeng Rice Fields Walk
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Farms
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    2han Says:

    The Ubud Kajeng Rice Fields walk is in the neighbourhood too, so rather than just wander around all the other tourists, head out here instead.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If a farmer offers to climb a tree and fetch a coconut for you, say Yes. You'll be glad you did.
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 135 things to do in Ubud
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Want to see it years ago 10/10/2017
    • Easy Walk 10/10/2017
    • Ubud Kajeng Rice Fields Walk
    Address:
    Jl. Kajeng
    Ubud
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 812-3720-7337
    Other:
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    Ubud Traditional Art Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    2han Says:

    The only place to buy souvenirs. If the asking price seems high, even by cheap standards, then respond with as low as 1/8, or 1/5, or 1/3 the price and see what price they offer next. You never know!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 135 things to do in Ubud
    • Busy with "stuff" 19/10/2017
    • Very busy 17/10/2017
    • Ubud Traditional Art Market
    Address:
    Jl. Raya and Monkey Forest Road
    Ubud 80571
    Indonesia
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    Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3
    Restaurants (Indonesian)
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    2han Says:

    You can eat Halal when you're back home, but pork is the main white meat of the Balinese. There's a reason why, and you'll know what it is when you've tried it.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Make it quick, there's a line of people behind you. Ask for more meat than fat, but don't miss the skin.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #235 of 689 restaurants in Ubud
    • Very enjoyable 19/10/2017
    • Disappointed 18/10/2017
    • Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3
    Address:
    Jl. Tegal Sari no. 2
    Ubud
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 623 61976345
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Warung Siam
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai)
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    2han Says:

    The best Thai food you can have that isn't in Thailand! If you really can't eat pork, then take a short stroll here, you'll be glad you did.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 689 restaurants in Ubud
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice thai food 19/10/2017
    • Pad Thai 19/10/2017
    • Warung Siam
    Address:
    No. 7 Jl. Gautama
    Ubud 80571
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 812-3965-5905
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
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