Ubud is one of the most interesting destinations in Bali due to its inspiring nature and appreciated by Yoga lovers from all around the globe for the multiple retreats they offer.
A day trip to Ubud is an hour drive from Seminyak. I recommend finding lodging in order to stay overnight, most places available and reasonably priced will be advertised in the local cafe’s, or even just walking down a tourist area you will be signs on the streets. It will lessen the time constraints on finding your destinations. Most of the interesting places are not near each other. Some require a considerable amount of driving and walking. Keep this in mind when traveling with little ones or wheelchair bound tourists.
The best way for transportation for a day trip to Ubud is to organise a car and driver yourself. For a whole day you will pay around 400.000Rp for the first 8 hours then an extra 50 000Rp for every extra hour (about Au$60 + Au$6 ). If you do it through a hotel you may end up paying least double.
Most Seminyak taxi drivers are not familiar with the terrain, as well as an Ubudian residents do. Most Bali expats know it is easy to get lost even when trying to find their own neighborhood, imagine how it is, in a completely different region; most streets and roads are not labeled; even if they have a proper name, locals may call it by a different name. I know, it can become confusing. Even after finding your destination, it doesn’t hurt to ask the driver if he is willing to escort you, if you don’t have a tour guide. Most villagers will only speak their native tongue, Bahasa Indonesian. While Ubud is a spiritual destination, most tourist stay within a retreat, or resort. Which leaves most villagers working outside of these types of resorts, not needing to learn English.
A day trip to Ubud: Places to visit, in order to experience a day trip to magical Ubud.
- Puri Saren Ubud (Ubud Palace) is an Ubud Kingdom Palace with beautiful Balinese traditional houses as a residence of Ubud King; set in the center of Ubud Bali with traditional art market just in front of it. It is founded by Ida jokorda Putu Kandel who commanded from year 1800 – 1823. This palace is an artistic-cultural life center, while the traditional market is the symbol of local economics resident. The existence of Puri Saren as a palace is equipped by a Wantilan/auditorium that is a large building of meeting rooms and a banyan tree as shelter place in the daytime.
- Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana: The Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal is on the outskirts of Ubud at the south of Monkey Forest Road. With a scientific name of Macaca fascicuiaris, the monkeys are long-tailed macaques. For the Balinese monkeys embody both positive and negative forces.
- Sabtu: We continue on to a day trip to Ubud, with famous Balinese artists and galleries where local artist work is displayed at shops located on Sabtu.
- Gunung Kawi: Holy Spring Temple and it’s famous shrines in the rocks, meant as a token of remembrance to the kings who lived a thousand years ago.
- Batur: Enjoy the amazing view over the volcano and lake of Batur, while enjoying a world class lunch in Penelokan, Kintamani.
A day trip to Ubud: Accommodation recommendations
- Locations: Both Jalan Hanoman and Jalan Kajeng are handy to the main streets, and have lots of delightful accommodation on offer. Jalan Hanoman runs downhill from Jalan Raya Ubud and contains art shops, cafes, temples and guesthouses. (Hanoman is the monkey god).
- Homestays: are family compounds and include family temples. You can find one and two story bungalows often with views over the elegantly sculpted rice terraces. Breakfast will most likely be included.
- Hotel: you can choose stylish private suites or villas, usually with great views, air-conditioning, breezy terraces and discreet efficient service including laundry service. Restaurants, bars and reception pavilions are all available, possibly sunbeds under coconut trees and many establishments will also offer massage and spa treatments, guided walks and cultural programs.
Ubud represents internal centering for me. I had the opportunity to house-sit for four months a few years back. I was staying directly in a jungle compound. There were only a handful of English speakers in the area. Which by necessity, forced me to start learning Bahasa Indonesian.
I was welcomed into their community, as a friend. Which is the highest honor, outside of being a family member.
I strongly encourage anyone to experience a magical day trip in Ubud, or longer if possible…