Ubud Bali

Ubud is on the radar for most travellers to Bali. Picture green rice fields surrounding a buzzing town filled with nature and stunning Balinese culture. If you’re considering a stay in Ubud as part of your trip to Bali, here are 10 things you need to know about Ubud.

1 / It’s the yogi centre of Bali

Ubud has long had an association with yoga, even before Eat Pray Love made it famous. Nowadays, there are at least 4 yoga schools in Bali. Yoga Barn is the biggest and most famous, but there are others around town.

You’ll see many yoga fans walking around Ubud and it’s quite normal for a lot of people to be carrying a yoga mat around town on the back of their scooters.

The aptly named Bali Yoga Shop on Jalan Hanoman is probably the biggest supplier of yoga clothing and accessories if you need anything. But this whole street has a number of different shops selling mats and clothing.

2 / There are lots of Digital Nomads living there

With cheap living costs, plenty of accommodation and fabulous coffee houses, Ubud has fast become the place to be for Digital Nomads.

Just something to not if you see lots of young people working on their laptops!

3 / Night-time in Ubud revolves around eating out

Everywhere you go in Ubud there are restaurants. It’s big business there! With so many tourists as well as digital nomads, there is constant demand for new restaurants. In Ubud new places seem to keep opening. There are some high end places, and some selling Western food if that’s what you’re after.

There are also more local restaurants (Warungs), which sell more traditional food at inexpensive prices. Personally, this is what I would prefer.

Either way, make sure you get out in the evening and enjoy a few Bintangs and some delicious food out!

4/ The main tourist attractions are…

The famous terraced rice fields! There are some stunning ones to see in Ubud, not least Tegalalan. There is also a monkey forest, where you can visit many monkeys – just make sure you don’t show them your teeth as they will think you’re being aggressive.

Ubud is also famous for the various temples to explore, including the Royal Palace.

If you do visit in rainy season, just note that the rice terraces don’t quite look like the pictures you will have seen on Instagram. They tend to be flooded. The walks around are nonetheless still pretty but manage your expectations about the aesthetic!

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5 / A scooter is useful to get around but is not essential

Hiring a scooter in Bali is pretty common. Most tourists will do this in order to get around. In Ubud, I would estimate that 80% of tourists have a scooter.

Personally, I chose to stay for 5 days and was quite content walking around by foot rather than having the extra cost and concern about driving. I found getting around on foot to be pretty easy and it didn’t stop me from exploring.


Taxis in Ubud are also pretty cheap and readily available. So, if you need to go somewhere further afield and don’t have a scooter, it’s easy to do so.

The other thing to be mindful of if you hire a scooter in Ubud, is that the roads are very busy. Often there are traffic jams at peak times. Finally, if you are travelling between November and March (the rainy season), you’ll notice that the roads can get quite slippery and it can be dangerous on a scooter.

6 / You can choose to stay in central Ubud or on the pretty outskirts

You have two main options for accommodation. Either staying in central Ubud or outside. There are pros and cons to both and it depends what type of visit you’re looking for.

We’ve written more about this here.

7 / The markets are great

There are two main markets in Ubud. One is a clothing and souvenir market found on Jalal Kajeng and the other is an art market.

On a morning, you’ll also find a more local food market, which also sells the beautiful flowers that Balinese people use for their offerings.

8 / It’s pretty busy

Ubud is really popular with tourists and Digital Nomads. Subsequently, it is really busy. If you’re looking for total peace and quiet, Ubud may not be the best place for you. Although you can find some quiet in the town, it is buzzing the majority of time.

You’ll see many a traffic jam and it can be tricky to cross the road. But if you like things busy and want to meet people, then Ubud is great.

9 / It may have lost some of its magic

I’m not trying to be negative but Ubud is definitely not the place that it probably was 10 or 20 years ago. It’s busy, there are lots of restaurants and there’s even a MASSIVE Starbucks.

It wasn’t quite what I had pictured.

10 / But you can still experience some local culture

Whilst it is busy, and it is very touristic, there are some beautiful experiences to be had. The offerings placed all around town by the locals are stunning, the constant smell of incense very relaxing and the food everywhere is delicious. Locals are kind, welcoming and the best hosts you can find especially if you opt for a homestay in Ubud.

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6 responses to “10 things to know about Ubud”

  1. thehungrytravellers.blog avatar

    Love that scooter pic! The whole town rides scooters!

    1. lotuseaters.travel avatar

      They really do, the only other city I’ve seen it as much is in Warsaw.

      1. thehungrytravellers.blog avatar

        Kuala Lumpur is another one but I think Ubud even outdoes KL!

  2. equinoxio21 avatar

    One of my daughters stayed in Ubud for a while… She sent similar photos… 🙏🏻

  3. equinoxio21 avatar

    I’ve seen that quantity of scooters/mpoeds in Leticia, Colombia, on the Amazon… lol

  4. ThingsHelenLoves avatar

    Love this honest glimpse of a place that has been much instagrammed and blogged about. The Starbucks surprises me! Progress might have marched on Ubud and robbed a little magic, but it’s still a place I’d like to visit one day.

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