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One day around Ubud

Ubud Bali Waterfall

Sometimes you just need a short get-away trip, especially if you live in a busy area like Canggu or Semyniak, but you don’t want to stay the night. Then Ubud is a great day-trip, although for this article I focus more on places that are just a few bike-ride minutes out of the touristy centre in Ubud.

How to go to Ubud


Even though there is Uber in Bali it is not really allowed in every district, which means that you might have troubles finding a driver. If you get lucky and you find one, they can bring you there for a cheap price. Just make sure you know how to get back, because in Ubud it is even harder to find an Uber. I personally wouldn’t go with an Uber to Ubud.


If you are experienced with your motorbike and don’t mind to drive in the heat and in the dirty streets, mostly full of traffic, the bike is a good and fast choice. In less then an hour you can drive to Ubud from Canggu. I personally don’t drive there unless I am on the back of my boyfriend’s bike.

Private driver

The easiest, but maybe not always the cheapest solution, is to go with a private driver. A private driver for a day should not cost more than 500’000 IDR (Around 45$) and you can also get half-day prices. If you don’t know any private drivers yet (even though almost everyone hands you his business card haha) just drop me a message and I can give you a few phone numbers of good drivers.

What to do around Ubud

Tegenungan Waterfall

Once you have chosen your way to get there, you want to start your journey at Tegenungan waterfall, around 15 to 20 minutes out of Ubud. You arrive at a great point for taking some nice pictures for your Instagram and then you can walk to the waterfall and even swim there.

I recommend going early in the morning before all the tourist buses arrive, around 9 am.

Ubud Bali Waterfall

Elephant restaurant

After that it’s time to get some lunch in a nice relaxed area off the touristy main street. I love going to elephant restaurant. They have amazing healthy food and an unbeatable view with the cosiest chairs.elephant restaurant ubud

After your healthy lunch, you will have enough energy to stop at another must-go place: Tegalalang rice terrace.This is how you picture Bali. Stunning rice field view from a perfect spot a little elevated. You can walk down in to the rice fields and explore everything and then climb up (kind of exhausting in the afternoon heat though) and don’t forget to take a lot of pictures.

Ubud Ricefield Bali

Ubud Bali Ricefield

If you crave a coffee you couldn’t be in a better place. The world most expensive and famous coffee “Kopi Luwak” is served everywhere, but if you actually want the coffee and the view, drive around 1km more up and then you will see on your left hand side a place called Bali Pulina where they show you how they make this coffee (I won’t go into that here for several reasons) and you can drink your coffee with a magical view. Just on a side note: this place is made for tourists 😉


If you need some thing more in your day-program you should stop at Monkey-forest. If you haven’t heard about this place yet, now is the time. While you walk in to the forest you can already see them all over the place: monkeys. Tiny one’s and if you are lucky (or not) some bigger one’s.

Be careful: These monkeys are not afraid of people, more likely the opposite. They grab everything you have in your hand or, if you are wearing a long skirt like I did, try to eat your skirt and get very angry if you try to stop them.

Actually I don’t like monkey forest too much. Too many monkeys in one place for me 😉 , but I know that a lot of my friends love to go there. It is a special experience after all.

Watch my short video about my day around Ubud.

















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  • Reply Christina from Happy to Wander

    I have heard so many great things about Ubud but no guides have broken it down as simply as you have here hehe 🙂 it’s crazy because I’ve read a million articles about places to stay/eat in Ubud but have no clue how I would get there. thanks for the great beginner’s guide!

    December 14, 2016 at 3:02 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      thank you very much christina

      December 14, 2016 at 5:25 am
  • Reply Allison

    That video tour is amazing! I really loved visiting Ubud when I was in Bali. Those photos of the rice paddies really has me itching to plan a return!

    December 14, 2016 at 3:04 am
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Thank you so much Allison. Let me know once you come back to Bali

      December 14, 2016 at 5:26 am
  • Reply Iza Abao, Two Monkeys Travel Group Writer

    I love the video! It is such a nice place. It seems like it is hard to find a driver but what about public transportations? Are those pineapples on your porridge? Looks delicious!

    December 14, 2016 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      you can use a taxi for sure to go there, but you will pay much more. Yes I am a huge pineapples lover 🙂

      December 15, 2016 at 12:50 am
  • Reply Iza Abao, Two Monkeys Travel Group Writer

    I love the video! It is such a nice place. I would prefer to have a private driver but what about public transportations? Are those pineapples on your porridge? Looks delicious!

    December 14, 2016 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Stacey

    What a great guide. We are planning a trip to Bali next year. I don’t think I will love monkey forest so may pass on it lol!

    December 14, 2016 at 2:07 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      oh cool let me know once you are here

      December 15, 2016 at 12:48 am
  • Reply Natalie

    Wow! The rice terrace made even if a tourist trap looks like it is so worth the visit. What a gorgeous place! I’ve read a lot about Bali recently and it looks like an amazing place. Renting a car for the day sounds like an easy and reasonable way for a family to get around. Thinking of a trip to Bali now!!!

    December 14, 2016 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply neha

    This is a perfect one day guide for ubud. I am definitely going to include ubud in my list when I visit Bali next

    December 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      thank you very much ! 🙂

      December 15, 2016 at 12:47 am
  • Reply Meg Cale

    First, your blog is gorgeous. I love the design and layout. I also love the images you use in your header. Bali looks absolutely gorgeous. I like that you included the short video at the end. It’s a nice touch.

    December 14, 2016 at 5:48 pm
    • Reply Blonde Seashell

      Dear Meg Thank you so much for your amazing comment!! This made my day 🙂

      December 15, 2016 at 12:45 am
  • Reply The Travel Ninjas

    The Rice terraces were one of our favourite places in Bali. We missed the elephant restaurant, but we’ll have to eat there next time. Great tips about Ubud.

    December 15, 2016 at 5:10 am
  • Reply Diana - MVMT Blog

    My friend is going to go stay in Ubud for a couple months in early 2017 so I am sending this to her! I think I’d be most excited to see the rice terrace there because it looks very unique and not like anything I’ve seen before. I’d probably like to try getting around with a motorbike although that may not be the smartest idea considering I’ve never ridden one. Hope to visit Ubud one day 🙂

    December 15, 2016 at 5:48 pm
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