Ubud has year-round sunshine, endless food options, captivating sceneries, and exclusive resorts. What’s not to love? It wouldn’t be a surprise if some of these were the same reasons why you’re eyeing this place as your next travel destination.
But are you truly prepared to immerse yourself in a holiday getaway in Ubud?
Be it to check out the off the beaten track of Ubud or just do an Eat, Pray, Love tour, this post will make planning your adventure easier. Below are 7 things other blog posts might not have told you about Ubud.
Taste most expensive drinkable poop
When in Ubud, be sure to visit the Luwak coffee farm. They serve the most expensive coffee in the world that is made out of a cat poop. This coffee is more commonly known as kopi luwak or Bali jungle cat poop coffee. This drink comes with partly digested coffee cherries that were eaten and defecated by Asian palm civet. The production process of it is what makes the coffee so special. After eating the cherries, the partially digested beans will be expelled in clumps through the defecation process. The beans are then harvested, washed, and roasted. The price for every cup is IDR 50,000 or 5 USD.
Tons of accommodation options from the cheapest to the most luxurious
It’s easier to enjoy the off the beaten track of Ubud or the most touristy spots of this town when you find a hotel that fits your needs and taste.
Despite being one of the most visited town in Asia, there are still some very reasonably priced accommodations to stay in Ubud. You have a wide array of options, including bed and breakfast, traditional homestay, local hotels, family temples, and backpacker’s rooms. Here are some of the most recommended places to consider when staying in Ubud:
FuramaXclusive Villas & Spa – wouldn’t it be nice if you can enjoy relaxing swim or a therapeutic massage in the comfort of your own villa? Good thing FuramaXclusive Villas & Spa offers you these conveniences. Located amidst the beautiful rice paddies in Banjar Bindu, this resort is an ideal venue to soak all your anxiety away. Price per night starts at IDR 2,300,000 or USD 176.
Tegal Sari – located in Padang Tegal Ubud, Tegal Sari allows you to be just minutes away from central Ubud. It has also received tons of positive reviews in TripAdvisor for their outstanding services, quaint ambiance, and value for money. Rate per night is only IDR 330,000 or USD 25.
Save thousands of dollars by renting a motorbike
Renting a car in Ubud will cost you around IDR 3,200,000 or USD 250 per month, while renting a motorbike will only cost IDR 650,000 or USD 50 per month. That’s a huge difference! If you have a license, know how to drive a motorbike, and are planning to save on transport, the best option you have is to rent a motorbike. This is also ideal if you are planning to go on a do-it-yourself tour in town. Plus, you get to enjoy the uninterrupted views of Ubud on your way to the island’s best tourist destinations.
Witness festivals or ceremonies, regardless of the date of your visit
Balinese culture and religion are thriving in Ubud. You don’t have to pick a season to witness their most vibrant festivities. Full moon rituals, celebrating the birth of a God, observing the daily practices at temples – the list goes on for the must-see practices happening in this town. All you have to do is visit the Bali Denpasar Tourism website to know the schedules of the events.
Watch your own jewelry being crafted
Have you always wondered how the most intricate jewelry designs are being done? You can have your answers when you visit the John Hardy workshop in Ubud. This place welcomes visitors to watch their local artisans prepare and create traditional jewelry for you. John Hardy workshop is open from 8:30AM to 4:30 PM from Monday to Friday, and 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays.
Visit Bali’s very own Charlie’s Chocolate Factory
Just an hour away from the center of Ubud, you’ll find Bali’s very own Charlie’s Chocolate Factory. This factory was created by no other than… Charlie – a U.S. expat who has been living in Bali for 15 years. The unassuming building also presents a wide array of chocolates including, organic dark chocolates and sweet chocolate bars.
Shower under the stars
If an eco retreat is what you’ve come to enjoy in Ubud, then be sure to visit Bambu Indah in Banjar Badung. This place used to be Javanese bridal homes restored to become a boutique hotel with tropical gardens and natural swimming pools. They have a shrimp house with a glass floor, where you can directly see the shrimp pond below. It even has an outdoor bathroom where you can shower under the stars. Rate per night starts at IDR 150,000,000 or USD 120.