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3 Days in Ubud

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Ubud is the cultural center of Bali, and home to many artists and writers. In reality, three days is not enough to see all that Ubud and its environs has to offer. However, if that's all the time you have, let's try to squeeze in as much and as many diverse things as possible into your 72 hours here, to ensure that you'll be back for more!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller

16 Places

3 City Tips

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16 Places

Day 1

Mount Kawi

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues

Tirta Empul Temple

Sacred & Religious Sites

Elephant Cave Ubud

Caverns & Caves

Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets

Speciality Museums

Kampung Cafe & Cottages Ceking

Restaurants

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Farms, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 2

Ubud Traditional Art Market

Flea & Street Markets

Puri Saren Palace

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3

Restaurants

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)

Art Museums, Lessons & Workshops, Performances

Don Antonio Blanco Museum

Art Museums

Warung Pulau Kelapa

Restaurants

Tirta Sari

Performances, Theatres

Day 3

Paon Bali Cooking Class

Cooking Classes

Bali Safari & Marine Park

Nature & Wildlife Areas

ilab's City Tips

  • There are no metered taxis in Ubud, but don't feel shy about using one of the many private drivers in the streets who offer their services. Talk to them about your needs, and agree on a price before you set off.
  • Ubud is very centrally located in Bali, and a fabulous base for exploring the wider area!
  • Avoid touching people's heads when in Bali as the Balinese believe that the head is the most sacred part of the body.
    Day 1
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    Mount Kawi
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues
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    ilab Says:

    A visit to the stunning Gunung Kawi is a must for those who love to get away from the crowds, and experience absolutely amazing 11th century architecture. The beautifully carved stone temple can be seen across the Pakerisan River (once you get to the bottom of the steps and have crossed the little bridge), and you'll find Hindu monuments carved into the rock face on either side of the river. This is an absolutely beautiful and peaceful monument and is a must see in the area. The hardest part is the climb back up to the real world!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go early in the morning — there are around 300 steps down to the temple, and it is best to do this when the weather is cooler.
    • Make sure you take some drinking water with you.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Tampaksiring
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Be aware with steps! 01/12/2017
    • Temple with the best view 20/11/2017
    • Mount Kawi
    Address:
    Pakrisan River
    Tampaksiring 80552
    Indonesia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 17:00
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    Tirta Empul Temple
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    ilab Says:

    Tirta Empul Temple is located at Tampakskiring, just a short drive from Guning Kawi, and is a very easy site to visit as it is relaxing and refreshing. Tirta Empul has a holy spring and many Balinese make a pilgrimage here at least once a year. Plus, holy water from this spring is also taken home and used all over Bali in many Hindu ceremonies where the sprinkling of holy water is essential. While the spring, with its crystal clear water, is the main attraction here, there is also a large pool where worshipers can bathe and pray under each of the 12 different fountains.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You will have to borrow a sarong at the entrance and ladies; your long hair must be tied back.
    • You really don't need a local guide, especially if you are accompanied by your driver. (If you do use one then be prepared to give them a tip at the end of your 'tour!')
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Tampaksiring
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Make sure you go early in the morning! 14/12/2017
    • Don't skip this site 08/12/2017
    • Tirta Empul Temple
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 18:00
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    Elephant Cave Ubud
    Caverns & Caves
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    ilab Says:

    Goa Gajah, or the Elephant Cave, is a significant site built in the 11th century (with certain vestiges dating back to the 9th century), and being located just a short flight of stairs down from the road makes accessing it fairly easy. While no actual elephants can be found here, there is a large 'Wantilan' (meeting hall) in the middle of the complex, and rock carvings surround its edges — both of which are well-worth exploring. The main attraction here however is a cave with three statues wrapped in red, yellow, and black cloths, where meditating monks once sat.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Wearing a sarong is essential but one can be rented at the entrance.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 135 things to do in Ubud
    • Small but elegant 14/12/2017
    • Just go 13/12/2017
    • Elephant Cave Ubud
    Address:
    Jl. Raya Goa Gajah
    Desa Bedulu
    Ubud 80581
    Indonesia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
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    Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets
    Speciality Museums
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    ilab Says:

    The Mask and Puppet museum is set on two hectares of beautifully-landscaped gardens, with numerous old joglos and other old buildings to explore. The collection of masks and puppets from Bali, other parts of Indonesia, and the world is just amazing, so please do take the time to spend an hour or two here — even the kids will adore this museum!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take the time to walk around the gardens and enjoy them.
    • Make the most of the great guides — they are generally students and are friendly, informative, and enthusiastic. (Just remember to tip them when you're finished!)
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 39 things to do in Sukawati
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved it! The best museum in Bali! 02/10/2017
    • worth the trip 23/09/2017
    • Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets
    Address:
    Jl. Tegal Bingin
    Banjar Tengkulak Tengah
    Sukawati
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 8987493
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Kampung Cafe & Cottages Ceking
    Restaurants (Asian, Indonesian, Cafe)
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    ilab Says:

    After all the sightseeing in the morning, what could be better than a great little restaurant with beautiful relaxing views of rice terraces in order to recharge your batteries?! You simply must try this one with views of the Sepat River Valley. You won't regret it.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make sure you leave plenty of room for the coconut ice cream, which is to die for!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 43 restaurants in Gianyar
    • Songkhmer402 27/11/2017
    • Nice view - good vibes - ok food 03/09/2017
    • Kampung Cafe & Cottages Ceking
    Address:
    Jl. Ceking Tegalalang,Ubud
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 901201
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Tegalalang Rice Terrace
    Farms, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    ilab Says:

    Absolutely spectacular rice terraces only a short drive from Ubud, with dramatic views and wonderful photo opportunities — that's Tagalalang in a nutshell. The valley is narrow so the terraces are steep as they step down to the Sepat River Valley. If you are energetic, ask your guide to take you on a walk through the rice terraces, which are mostly on the opposite side of the valley to the road you drive on from Ubud. The road from Ubud also passes through many kilometers of craft shops, so don't hesitate to stop if something catches your eye — especially as goods here are far cheaper than in Ubud itself!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are many hawkers along the terraces but a polite "no" usually suffices if you are not interested in their wares.
    • There are many little cafes to stop at for a refreshing drink along the sides of the valley road.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 135 things to do in Ubud
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning 14/12/2017
    • Rice terraces 14/12/2017
    • Tegalalang Rice Terrace
    Address:
    Jl. Raya Ceking Tegallalang
    Between Tegalalang and Ubud
    Ubud 80517
    Indonesia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 18:00
  • Day 2
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    Ubud Traditional Art Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    ilab Says:

    You really can't visit Ubud without at least one trip to the Art Market. Open every day from 8am to 6pm, and located opposite the Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Palace), you will find a range of arts and crafts, home ware, clothing, and other souvenirs here — the large majority of which are made in Indonesia. The variety of goods on sale can be quite overwhelming, but if you take the time to search, you're sure to find a treasure or two.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Never pay the asking price for something that takes your fancy. Be prepared to bargain and do it with humor — you will get much further with a smile.
    • If you are tempted by the "silver" jewelry, it is definitely a case of "buyer beware." A lot of it is silver-coated brass and not worth the money you pay for it!
    • Do take the time to look at the food section if you can.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 135 things to do in Ubud
    • Shop till you drop beware 14/12/2017
    • Barter! 14/12/2017
    • Ubud Traditional Art Market
    Address:
    Jl. Raya and Monkey Forest Road
    Ubud 80571
    Indonesia
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    Puri Saren Palace
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    ilab Says:

    Ubud Palace lies at the center of downtown Ubud — at the crossroads of Jalan Raya Ubud and Jalan Monkey Forest. The palace was the original home of the Ubud princes, referred to as 'Tjokorda,' and even though the feudal system was superseded more than 80 years ago, the Tjokorkas still play a special role in both religious and secular sections of Ubud society, and remain well respected. The Ubud Palace is essentially a private home that was founded by the King of Ubud, between 1800-1823, and is composed of traditional Balinese houses, some of which have beautiful golf leaf applied to their wood work. The gardens are very pretty and the palace is a well known venue for traditional Balinese dance performances.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Entrance is free.
    • Certain parts of the palace are private. Please respect the privacy signs.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 135 things to do in Ubud
    • Average not must see 05/12/2017
    • Amazing architecture 01/12/2017
    • Puri Saren Palace
    Address:
    Jl. Raya Ubud, Puri Saren Palace
    Ubud 08671
    Indonesia
    Other:
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    Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3
    Restaurants (Indonesian)
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    ilab Says:

    Ibu Oka is an Ubud institution, known the world over for its succulent Babi Guling, or roast suckling pig. This is a tiny but busy restaurant where roast park is the only item on the menu, and it's cheap to boot! The crackling is fantastically crisp and the sauce is made from a secret recipe. This is simple but simply delicious food!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get there early, lunch starts at around 11am.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #238 of 710 restaurants in Ubud
    • Not what we expected 13/12/2017
    • They ran out of several dishes, but otherwise good 12/12/2017
    • 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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    Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    ilab Says:

    This is actually a monkey sanctuary (where the macaque monkeys live protected), a nature reserve, and a complex of Hindu temples — all in the one beautiful forested area. There are plenty of staff members keeping a careful watch over the monkeys (and the tourists!) to make sure that there is no mischief making, and there are some 115 species of trees to explore here too, many of which are considered to be holy and used in various Balinese spiritual ceremonies. Plus, it is worth walking down the stairs to the right, shortly after the main entrance, just to see the small temples and the beautiful, peaceful areas away from the tourist crowds.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't have any food in your backpack or handbag if you don't want a monkey to jump on you!
    • Don't yell or scream or make any quick movements that may frighten the monkeys.
    • A local guide may latch onto you and take you around the sanctuary. Politely decline their services or be prepared to pay them at the end!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 135 things to do in Ubud
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • You have to go at least once 14/12/2017
    • Monkey business 14/12/2017
    • 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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    ilab Says:

    A beautifully tranquil garden greets you the minute you step off the busy road and into this museum — and this peaceful feeling accompanies you throughout your visit to the museum and its gardens. The art museum's collection includes paintings from artists all over the Indonesian archipelago, as well as foreign artists who have made Bali their home. The ARMA complex is also more than just a museum; many performances and workshops take place here, and there is even an on-site resort and restaurant to explore.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Why not learn how to paint eggs? Be taught this and other skills at a workshop here.
    • Time your visit to be here when the Balinese children have their dance lessons. Beautiful to watch!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 Concerts & Shows in Ubud
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Educating 14/12/2017
    • Peaceful place for great art appreciation 09/12/2017
    • 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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    Don Antonio Blanco Museum
    Art Museums
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    ilab Says:

    This is an art museum very unlike any other in Ubud, let alone in Bali! Antonio Blanco was an artist of Spanish origin who adored painting beautiful women, and this museum was built by him towards the end of his life. The architecture of the main building is based on the Renaissance style and is quite extraordinary in itself. Sadly Blanco died before his masterpiece was finished.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There are fabulous views of Ubud to enjoy from the gardens of this museum.
    • There is a restaurant, the Rondji, on-site where you can enjoy a lovely refreshing drink after your visit.
    • Take time to enjoy the gardens and the tropical birds.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 135 things to do in Ubud
    • TOO OVERPRICED FOR ITS WORTHINESS 05/12/2017
    • Deep Admiration of Women's Body 05/12/2017
    • Don Antonio Blanco Museum
    Address:
    Campuhan
    Campuan
    Ubud 80361
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    0062 361 975 502
    Other:
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    Warung Pulau Kelapa
    Restaurants (Asian, Indonesian)
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    ilab Says:

    This is a great restaurant with absolutely delightful gardens and traditional wooden buildings. The cuisine is Indonesian, made with organic vegetables grown on the property, and with no MSG, which is a rare thing in Indonesian restaurants. The service is not always the best but the food certainly makes up for the lack of attention you may experience here. If in doubt, go for the Chicken Sate Rica Rica — absolutely my favorite dish on the menu!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Do take a walk in the organic gardens at the end of this restaurant complex. To do this you need to walk down into the little valley past the coffee shop and up the other side.
    • Have a coffee or a meal at the Kamasan Cafe, which is at the rear of the main restaurant and away from traffic noise.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 710 restaurants in Ubud
    • Amazing setting and delicious food 26/11/2017
    • Great dinner out 11/11/2017
    • Warung Pulau Kelapa
    Address:
    Jl. Raya Sanggingan
    Lungsiakan
    Ubud
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 971872
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Tirta Sari
    Performances, Theatres
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    ilab Says:

    If you want to see a more genuine dance performance than the ones that are often advertised in Ubud, or Bali in general, head to the Legong Dance and Barong performance at Tirta Sari and you won't be disappointed. It would be a shame to miss this one as it is absolutely delightful to watch!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try to sit in the front row if you want to take photos.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 20 Concerts & Shows in Ubud
    • The best Legong troupe in Bali!! 09/07/2016
    • long long long 1.5 hours 20/05/2016
    • Tirta Sari
    Address:
    Jalan Peliatan 1
    Ubud Peliatan Balerung Stage
    Ubud
    Indonesia
  • Day 3
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    Paon Bali Cooking Class
    Cooking Classes
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    ilab Says:

    Balinese food is just so delicious, and I'm sure we'd all love to be able to cook it — or at least learn some of its secrets! The best cooking class I have been to is this one, run by the delightful Puspa and Wayan, and which takes place in a traditional Balinese family home. A visit to the Ubud traditional market is a great start to your morning class (no market for afternoon classes), and then get ready for tons of fun as you chop, cut, and grind. Finally, you are rewarded for all your hard work when you sit down to the delicious meal you've prepared. A really great day for all the family to enjoy.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Book as soon as you can in order to get the date you want!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 42 Food & Drink in Ubud
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience as a solo backpacker! 13/12/2017
    • Great experience - delicious food! 11/12/2017
    • Paon Bali Cooking Class
    Address:
    Laplapan Village
    Ubud 80571
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 813-3793-9095
    Other:
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    Bali Safari & Marine Park
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    ilab Says:

    This is a great afternoon out for the whole family, and very relaxing if you have done the cooking class in the morning! There is truly something for everyone here. The marine park is fascinating, the safari ride is just fabulous, and the Agung Show at the Bali Theater here is something not to be missed. The performance features more than 180 dancers, live animals, and is all in all, an extremely sophisticated production. This is not a cheap afternoon out, but a very worthwhile one.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are many packages available — try to book the package that includes the elephant ride through the open safari park. Check the website for more information.
    • The kids will love the Agung Show. The show is from 2.30- 3.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday, and you can book online.
    • You can learn Balinese dance yourself everyday in the Bale Banjar and the Bali Marketplace — it's free!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 83 things to do in Gianyar
    • Amazing!!! Great for kids 15/12/2017
    • The show is soooo GOOD 09/12/2017
    • Bali Safari & Marine Park
    Address:
    Jl. Prof Ida Bagus Mantra Km, 19.8
    80551
    Indonesia
    Phone:
    +62 361 95000
    Price range:
    US$55 - US$55
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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