37 Best Things to Do in Ubud

What is Ubud Most Famous For?

    The best things to do in Ubud include exploring ancient temples, majestic royal palaces, and green hillsides and rice terraces. A treasure trove of cultural landmarks, this Balinese town and its outskirts within the Gianyar regency, are where some of the world’s notable artisans and collectors have visited and worked in.

    Most of the local museums and galleries are along the main Jalan Raya Ubud. There are plenty of natural landscapes and attractions that are within a short drive outside the town centre. Prominent and unmissable landmarks in Ubud include Ubud Monkey Forest and the photogenic Tegallalang rice terrace.

    What are the best things to do in Ubud?


    Ubud Monkey Forest

    The Ubud Monkey Forest, located on the fringes of central Ubud, is home to over 700 long-tailed macaques. This natural sanctuary is perhaps the best known in Bali thanks to its community-based management, location and ease of access. 

    Overseen by the Padangtegal village, Ubud Monkey Forest is a place of scientific research and a site of spiritual and cultural aspects, as there are sacred temples sanctified by local villagers. The Ubud Monkey Forest is also called the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, and, by its official designation, Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana.

    Location: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 8.30am to 5.30pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 971 304


    Tegallalang rice terrace

    The Tegallang rice terrace is famous for its scenic landscape, where travellers to Ubud often stop by for snapshots of an iconic Balinese view. Bali’s traditional, centuries-old cooperative irrigation system (known as subak) has created some of the most beautiful terraced landscapes in Southeast Asia, and this valley is a great example.

    The quaint village of Pakudui is close to the Tegallang rice terrace. You can find a variety of ornamental woodwork and various carvings of mythical figures. Many souvenir stalls line the ledge of Tegallang, where you can pick up some gifts before continuing your journey to Ubud’s main centre.

    Location: Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

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    Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave)

    Goa Gajah is one of the island’s most impressive archaeological sites. Also known as Bali's 'Elephant Cave', the complex is 300 metres west of the Bedulu village, a region famous for its collection of historical sites, and about 5 km southeast of central Ubud.

    Upon arriving at Goa Gajah, walk down a flight of stairs to discover a relic-filled courtyard and the main 11th-century cave. The entrance to the cave features a carving of a wide-eyed figure, while inside are rock-wall carvings and a meditational site. Goa Gajah also has a Hindu temple and an impressive communal pool with stone sculptures and fountains, excavated back in 1954.

    Location: Bedulu Village, Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

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    Puri Saren Agung (Ubud Royal Palace)

    Ubud Royal Palace, officially Puri Saren Agung, is the palace of the Ubud royal family and one of the most prominent landmarks in Ubud. Featuring well-preserved Balinese architecture and a charming garden setting, it was built during the lordship of Tjokorda Putu Kandel (1800–1823), and is well-kept by his heirs.

    The Ubud Royal Palace is best known among lovers of Balinese arts as one of the main sites to view traditional dance performances. Every evening, Puri Saren Agung’s performance stage, with a backdrop of ornate angkul-angkul (traditional gate and guardian statues), hosts performances with gamelan percussive orchestras.

    Location: Jalan Raya Ubud No.8, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 8am to 7pm

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    Campuhan Ridge Walk

    Campuhan Ridge Walk offers an escape from the contemporary boutique, guesthouse and restaurant-lined Jalan Raya Ubud. The 9-km-long trail starts off from the scenic Gunung Lebah Temple, passes over the lush valley of the Sungai Wos River, and continues towards the hills of Payogan. 

    Most of the time, you’ll have the path to your own. Even so, you’ll possibly meet a few fellow trekkers and joggers along the way. Campuhan Ridge Walk is a free and easy nature trek, popular among repeat visitors to the central highland town of Ubud.

    Location: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

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    Ubud Art Market

    The Ubud Art Market is a good place to find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, statues, kites, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats and many other hand-crafted goods. Locally known as Pasar Seni Ubud, the market is just opposite Puri Saren Agung (Ubud Royal Palace).

    There are plenty of the common items that you’ll find all around the island, including beach clothes and shirts printed with “Bali” on them, as well as ikat (woven) skirts, Balinese-style paintings, woodcarvings and woven baskets. Most of the goods found at the Ubud Art Market are made in the neighbouring villages of Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan and Peliatan.

    Location: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 8am to 5pm

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    Blanco Renaissance Museum

    Blanco Renaissance Museum is the home and studio of the late Philippine-born maestro, Don Antonio Blanco. Located on a hilltop overlooking the lush valley of Campuhan, it houses paintings, collages and illustrated poetry, together with lithographic artworks of his favourite subject: nude Balinese women.

    Blanco Renaissance Museum offers guided tours throughout the day, with the artist’s family members as the hosts you if you’re lucky. The thought-provoking collections, lush garden surroundings, and onsite cafe offer a nice stopover for your Ubud trip.

    Location: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 975 502

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    Taman Saraswati Temple

    Taman Saraswati Temple (Pura Taman Saraswati) is a beautiful water temple that makes for a great highlight on your walks through Ubud town. This popular photo spot has classical Balinese temple architecture and a beautiful foyer with ponds filled with pink lotuses. 

    Entry is free but, as with any temple visit in Bali, you’re required to wear a sash and sarong around the waist. Traditional dance performances take place at the temple’s amphitheatre every evening. Taman Saraswati Temple is accessible from the Jalan Kajeng side street, off the main road of Jalan Raya Ubud.

    Location: Jalan Kajeng, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

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    Bali Bird Park

    Bali Bird Park covers 2 hectares of fine tropical gardens and an onsite aviary that’s home to almost 1,000 exotic birds of 250 species. Many of these birds come from the Indonesian archipelago, South America, the African Savannah, and Australia. The family-friendly attraction is located in the village of Batubulan, about 11 km south of Ubud.

    Serving as a fun and attractive playground for bird lovers, Bali Bird Park hosts animal feeding sessions throughout the day. There are also several reptiles living in the park, including Komodo dragons. Bali’s famous kecak (fire dance) performances take place at Bali Bird Park amphitheatre.

    Location: Jalan Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapadu, Batubulan, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 9am to 5.30pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 299 352

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    Tegenungan Waterfall

    Tegenungan Waterfall is one of the great waterfalls nearest to Ubud. It's halfway between Ubud and Bali's provincial capital of Denpasar. Getting to the falls from Ubud is a pleasant 30-minute drive down paved village roads lined with stretches of green rice fields on both sides.

    At the entrance you’ll find ticket booths, art and souvenir shops, together with warungs (local food stalls) selling snacks and cold drinks. From there, it’s about a 5-minute walk to reach the falls. Dense foliage frames the cascading waters of Tegenungan Waterfall, and the water volume is impressive at almost any time of year.

    Location: Jalan Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia

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    Bali Agung Show

    The Bali Agung Show is a theatrical art performance that tells of a Balinese legend through the help of lively dance choreography, vibrant costumes, dramatic music compositions, and modern lighting and sound systems. The show takes place at the Bali Theatre in MARA RIVER SAFARI LODGE at Bali Safari & Marine Park

    The theatre brings a contemporary take to theatrical art performances, presenting a combination of traditional and modern dance, as well as modern puppetry by 150 Balinese performers.

    Location: Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai, Jalan Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra No.Km. 19,8, Serongga, Gianyar, Bali 80551, Indonesia

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 2.30pm to 3.30pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +62 (0)361 950 000


    Bali Bird Walk in Ubud

    Bali Bird Walk offers birdwatching excursions around the lush countryside of Ubud. It was founded by ornithologist Victor Mason back in 1990, who is well-known for his books on exotic birds and butterflies in Bali. The guided tour takes you on a day out through some of the highland’s most beautiful nature trails. The insightful walks carry a mission of conservation through education, and are suitable for adults and kids.

    Bali Bird Walk also has several walking tours (upon request), including a 5-km tour through the Ubud environs, tours of the mangrove forests on Bali’s south, the highlands of Mount Batukaru (with lunch stops at the Jatiluwih rice terraces), and the forested lakesides of central Bali.

    Location: Jalan Tjampuhan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Tuesday and Fridays–Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm (closed on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays)

    Phone: +62 (0)361 975 009

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    Bali Zoo

    Bali Zoo covers more than 8 hectares of lush tropical gardens in the village of Singapadu in the Gianyar regency. There are various tropical plants and fauna ranging from mammals, birds and reptiles. The zoo is pleasant to walk through, and features a range of experiences. 

    Kids can enjoy pony rides, photo sessions with animals, and outbound adventures throughout their visit. Bali Zoo is a convenient stopover for families travelling to Ubud from the southern end of Bali.

    Location: Jalan Raya Singapadu, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 294 357

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    Batuan Village

    Batuan Village is made up of traditional Balinese compounds and natural surroundings. You’ll be fascinated by the residents who enthusiastically embrace the traditions and rituals observed in every facet of their life. Most of the villagers in Batuan work as traditional craftsmen or artists.

    The word batuan or baturan can be translated as “tough as stone” or “eating rocks”, but it refers to an ancient megalithic tradition in which standing stones (many of which have been found in this village) served as meeting places and ceremonial sites. Many Balinese recommend that if you want to see what Bali looked like in the old days, visit Batuan Village.

    Location: Batuan, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

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    Casa Luna Cooking School Bali

    Casa Luna Cooking School at Honeymoon Guesthouse is a popular culinary centre in Ubud. It was founded by Janet de Neefe, who has also published a series of memoirs and cookbooks. She is also the founder of the annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. The Balinese cooking classes are mostly conducted by Janet herself, together with a staff of cooking guides. 

    Each day is dedicated to a certain theme, such as smoked duck on Sundays, fish dishes on Mondays, and beginner-friendly meals on Fridays. Those staying at Honeymoon Guesthouses can enjoy a 10% discount on all cooking classes.

    Location: Honeymoon Guesthouse, Jalan Bisma No.5, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Phone: +62 (0)361 973 282

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    Gunung Kawi

    Gunung Kawi is an 11th-century Hindu temple complex in Bali’s Gianyar regency. To get to there, you’ll need to descend a 300-step stone stairway leading to a beautiful valley, where you will find 10 memorials carved into the rock face. Towering at 7 metres, 4 of the memorials are found on the west side, 5 on the east side of the river, while to the south across the valley lies the 10th memorial.

    These carvings are the memorial shrines of the king's concubines and his family. The Gunung Kawi sanctuary hosts ritual ceremonies and locals gather periodically to pay homage to God, the ancient king, and his family.

    Location: Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

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    Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple

    Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple is one of the least visited temple complexes in Bali, but also one of the most beautiful. The temple, also called Pura Tirta Dawa Gunung Kawi Sebatu, has verdant gardens around ponds filled with carp and blooming lotuses, as well as ancient shrines surrounded by pools fed by natural springs. The temple complex is located within the highland village of Sebatu in Tegallalang, about 12 km northeast from central Ubud.

    Location: Sebatu, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali 80511, Indonesia

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    Museum Puri Lukisan

    Museum Puri Lukisan (which loosely translates to 'Palace of Paintings') is one of Bali’s earliest art museums. Founded in 1956, the museum has 6 buildings displaying traditional Balinese paintings and woodcarvings. 

    Notable exhibits include a series of pre-modernist Balinese paintings from the Leo Haks collection, masterworks by I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, and a wayang (shadow puppet) painting collection. Museum Puri Lukisan’s 4th building, called the Founders Gallery, showcases the museum’s history and temporary exhibitions of local artists’ works.

    Location: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 9am to 6pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 971 159

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    Museum Rudana

    Museum Rudana displays a fine collection of classical and contemporary Balinese paintings. The 2-storey museum was established in 1995 by Balinese art collector Nyoman Rudana. Exhibits of modern Indonesian fine arts include works by famous artists like Affandi, Gunarsa, Wianta, and young talented artists like Boyke Aditya, Nyoman Erawan, and Made Budhiana. Museum Rudana also keeps several artworks of the late Antonio Blanco.

    Location: Jalan Cok Rai Pudak 44, Ubud, Peliatan, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 975 779

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    Neka Art Museum

    Neka Art Museum is an art gallery and museum established by Balinese art lover Wayan Suteja Neka. The museum was built in 1976 and inaugurated by the Ministry of Culture & Education in 1982. Inside are collections of paintings and sculptures displayed through 6 different buildings. Check out the Balinese-style garden compound after exploring the galleries. 

    The museum is located on Jalan Raya Campuhan, in the village of Kedewatan, around 2.5 km northwest of the main Ubud centre.

    Location: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Kedewatan Village, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9am to 5pm, Sunday from 12pm to 5pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 975 074


    Gunung Lebah Temple

    Pura Gunung Lebah (Gunung Lebah Temple) is one of Ubud’s central landmarks, positioned at the western end of the Jalan Raya Ubud main road. The temple’s name loosely translates to ‘mountain valley temple’ in archaic Balinese. It dates back to the 8th century, and has close spiritual ties to Batur Temple. Gunung Lebah itself honours the goddess of Batur. The temple complex has 3 courtyards, resting pavilions for devotees, and a gamelan pavilion that hosts traditional dances.

    The best time to visit Gunung Lebah is during its piodalan temple anniversary. This occurs every 210 days on a ‘Wuku Sinta’ Wednesday on the Balinese pawukon calendar. The day coincides with the Pagerwesi Day celebrations in Bali.

    Location: Jalan Raya Ubud No.23, Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

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    Penataran Sasih Temple

    Pura Penataran Sasih (Penataran Sasih Temple) is also known as ‘The Moon Temple’ as it houses an ancient bronze kettle drum called the ‘Moon of Pejeng’. It is the largest bronze kettle in Southeast Asia, at about 2 metres in length and dates back to 300 BC. The Hindu temple itself dates back to AD 1266 and served as the state temple of the Pejeng kingdom.

    Pura Penataran Sasih also displays a stone seat of Ganesh in the middle of the main courtyard, a modern chronogram in front of the entrance, alongside several Hindu sculptures. You can easily reach Pura Penataran Sasih around 6.5 km east from Ubud central.

    Location: Jalan Raya Tampaksiring, Pejeng, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

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    Samuan Tiga Temple

    Pura Samuan Tiga (Samuan Tiga Temple) was the royal temple of the Udayana Warmadewa dynasty. Assumed to be the venue for the great meeting between gods, deities and saints, the temple is known for hosting Siat Sampian, a Balinese Hindu ritual that takes place every 10th full moon (locally known as Purnama Kadasa), which roughly comes around in April.

    Pura Samuan Tiga is flanked by the Pande and Tegending Rivers, with sacred banyan and pule trees growing around the site. The temple has 7 courtyards separated by walls and split gates, but connected by stairs leading up to the innermost courtyard, believed to be the meeting hall of 3 holy spirits.

    Location: Jalan Raya Bedulu, Blahbatuh, Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia

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    Sangeh Monkey Forest

    Sangeh Monkey Forest is a natural sanctuary for grey long-tailed macaques in the village of the same name in central Bali. The monkey forest covers 6 hectares of fertile forestland with primordial, giant nutmeg trees that grow up to 40 metres in height.

    The sanctuary is considered sacred, where the macaques inhabit both the woods and the 17th-century Pura Bukit Sari, a temple ruins deep within the forest. Sangeh Monkey Forest is around 25 km north of the island’s capital city of Denpasar.

    Location: Jalan Brahmana, Sangeh, Badung, Bali 80353, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 8am to 5pm


    Setia Darma House of Masks & Puppets

    The Setia Darma House of Masks & Puppets is a unique repository with a mission to preserve some of Indonesia’s most colourful heritage items. It serves as a cultural and educational part of many tours to central Bali. The gallery has around 1,300 masks and over 5,000 puppets from all over the Indonesian archipelago, as well as from Africa, China, Latin America and Europe. The collections are displayed in 4 traditional Javanese antique houses.

    Location: Jalan Tegal Bingin, Mas, Kemenuh, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 8am to 4pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 898 7493

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    Taman Nusa Cultural Park

    Taman Nusa Cultural Park is an open-air museum in Bali's Gianyar regency. The 10-hectare site has more than 60 authentic traditional houses in their recreated compound settings, statues of previous leaders, together with replicas of Indonesian landmarks like Borobudur Temple.

    You’ll get a fascinating glimpse into the way of lives and cultures of Indonesia’s many ethnic groups.  Taman Nusa Cultural Park is located in Gianyar’s Sidan village, about a 45-minute drive east of central Ubud.

    Location: Jalan Taman Bali, Banjar Blahpane Kelod, Sidan, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 952 952

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    Tirta Empul Temple

    Pura Tirta Empul (Tirta Empul Templ) is an important temple complex and holy mountain spring in Bali. The spring feeds various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the outer perimeter, which all flow to the Tukad Pakerisan River. The central courtyard houses a purification bath lined with 13 sculpted spouts. It can be tempting to try out the purification bathing ritual yourself, but the formal routine is strictly meant for pilgrims and devotees.

    As with any temple visit in Bali, it's always important to dress respectfully. Women on their periods shouldn't enter the temple or any sacred site and may enjoy the sights and attractions around the outer perimeters.

    Location: Jalan Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm

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    Yeh Pulu

    Yeh Pulu is a 14th-century site located between the Petanu and Pakerisan Rivers. The ancient complex has rock carvings of wayang (shadow puppet) characters and common people, which form a scene of Balinese village life in the early days. 

    Around 200 metres north of Yeh Pulu is a sacred bathing place decorated with naturalistic reliefs. Among the most prominent are reliefs of the elephant-headed god Ganesh, horsemen, an ascetic, and a seated woman.

    Location: Jalan Yeh Pulu Blahbatuh, Bedulu, Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia

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    Agung Rai Museum of Art

    Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) is part of a gallery, cultural centre and accommodation venture in Ubud. Founded by Balinese entrepreneur and art collector, Anak Agung Gde Rai, the museum has 2 main buildings housing exhibition halls, theatre performances, art classes, a bookshop, library, and cultural workshops.

    ARMA’s permanent exhibition displays paintings by Balinese, Indonesian and foreign artists. Standouts include masterpieces by Batuan artists dating back to the 1930s and 1940, 19th-century Javanese artists Raden Saleh and Syarif Bustaman, as well as the Kamasan collection of paintings on tree barks.

    Location: Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 9am to 6pm

    Phone: +62(0)361 976 659

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    Gedong Arca Museum

    Gedong Arca Museum displays over 3,000 archaeological findings, including artefacts, stone tools, and blades from the Palaeolithic and pre-Hindu Bronze Ages. One of its most prized exhibits is the Moon of Pejeng, one of the largest Bronze-age relics in the world. This bronze kettle drum is believed to have been made around 300 BC. The museum is about 6 km east of Ubud’s centre. You can enter the museum free of charge.

    Location: Jalan Raya Tampaksiring, Bedulu, Blahbatuh, Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 7.30am to 4pm (closed on weekends)

    Phone: +62 (0)361 942 354

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    Bali Eco Adventure Bayad

    Bali Eco Adventure is a village ecotourism initiative in the Bayad community of the Tegallalang village, about 13 km north of the main Ubud hub. The hiking tours attract nature lovers and travellers looking beyond rice field and valley vistas common to this central Bali region. 

    You can combine sightseeing with a sense of discovery, as guided treks lead you through a dense forest, local plantations, and an 11th-century labyrinth carved into the base of a hill.

    Location: Jalan Sentanu No. 9. Bayad, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

    Phone: +62 (0)851 0087 3603

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    Jambangan Bali Cooking Class

    Jambangan Bali Cooking Class is a culinary centre set within the scenic highland village of Tegallalang. Each class starts with a market tour, where you get to buy and learn about tropical herbs and spices, as well as the exotic ingredients involved in traditional Balinese cuisine. 

    A unique aspect of Jambangan Bali Cooking Class is that class sizes are considerably small to allow for better interaction and hands-on experiences. You’ll be given a recipe book and a certificate after completing your cooking course.

    Location: Jalan Kelabang Moding, Ubud, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Phone: +62 (0)813 3834 4388

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    Lempad House

    Lempad House (sometimes referred to as Lempad of Bali House) is a historical site in Ubud. The quaint Balinese house belonged to the late Balinese artist and architect, I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. He was known for designing many of the palaces and temples in Ubud. 

    As a painter, Lempad’s distinctive line drawings, which drew inspiration from local folklore, has greatly influenced the Balinese art scene to this day. Admission to Lempad House is free.

    Location: Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Phone: +62 (0)361 973 302

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    Lobong Culinary Experience Bali

    Lobong Culinary Experience offers Balinese cooking classes and cultural encounters in the upland village of Kedewatan. You’ll enjoy a hands-on approach while learning about the island’s heritage cuisine. Classes take place within a well-kept traditional Balinese family compound, and hosted by the charming owners themselves.

    Lobong Culinary Experience also organises nature treks through the village’s surrounding rice paddies and visits to a local priest’s home to learn about Balinese astrology. Lobong Culinary Experience is within a 15-minute drive northwest from central Ubud.

    Location: Jalan Raya Kedewatan, Kedewatan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

    Phone: +62 (0)812 365 1778

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    Mason Jungle Buggies Bali

    Mason Jungle Buggies offers a fun day out riding heavy-duty ATVs through a jungle course in the lush highlands of Tegallang. You can choose from single-seater buggies to 2-seater options, all featuring 4WD technology and powered by 570cc engines. The track is about 4.5 km in length, starting and ending near Koko Bambu Restaurant. Note that drivers must have a valid driving license, while passengers must be 12 years old and above.

    Location: Jalan Raya Taro Tegallalang, Taro, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm

    Phone: +62 (0)361 721 480

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    Paon Bali Cooking Class

    Paon Bali Cooking Class is a fun activity for foodies, especially for those interested in learning how to prepare traditional Balinese cuisine. The classes are hosted by Balinese couple, Wayan and Puspa, in their Balinese home, which is located in the upland village of Laplapan. 

    You’ll start your day at an Ubud market to shop for local herbs, meat and vegetables, before heading off on a guided tour of rice fields Lalapan. You’ll then return to Paon Bali’s kitchen to learn how to make authentic dishes like sate lembat (skewered meat mixed with grated coconut and spices) and Balinese soup.

    Location: Jalan Raya Laplapan, Petulu, Ubud, Petulu, Bali, 80552, Indonesia

    Open: Daily from 7am to 10pm

    Phone: +62 (0)813 3793 9095

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    Tampaksiring Presidential Palace

    Tampaksiring Presidential Palace occupies a 700-metre-tall hilltop overlooking Tampaksiring Village. Initiated by Ir. Soekarno in 1957, it’s the only presidential palace that was built after the independence of Indonesia. The complex has 5 main buildings, 2 of which are separated by a fissure in the hill but connected by a 40-km-long bridge and a pendopo (conference space). 

    You’ll need to submit a formal letter of application to enter the Tampaksiring Presidential Palace, but you can admire the building’s exterior from the main gate.

    Location: Jalan Dr. Ir. Soekarno, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 7.30am to 4pm (closed on weekends)

    Phone: +62 (0)361 901 400

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