Ubud is one of those places you absolutely must visit when you come to Bali! Since we only had five days in Bali we decided to set up our home base in Seminyak and do an Ubud day trip. Ubud is about an hour drive from both Denpassar and Seminyak. Our driver, Katut, was recommended to us by a friend who has used him the past three times he has visited Bali. Katut is so sweet and kind and only charges 500,000 rupiah for the entire day! If you would like his contact information please reach out to me in the comments below.
Ubud is a cultural mecca! I first heard of Ubud’s cultural heritage after reading the book Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert .The famous medicine man and palm reader from this book passed recently at the ripe age of 102, but his son has taken over for him. Ubud has become a bit touristy and the main road is lined with many shops, restaurants, and people.
– Tegunugan Waterfall 9:30 AM- 12:00 –
The first stop in our day trip to Ubud was the Tegunugan Waterfall. We left Seminyak around 9:30 AM and were a little nervous the waterfall was going to be slammed with people but luckily we were the first ones there! You walk through some shops and food stalls to get there and we were greeted by two adorable puppies so I was sold on this waterfall immediately!
We paid a small entrance fee of 15K rupiah and were amazed at the pure size of it! It was rainy season so we couldn’t swim however we took some pretty surreal pictures. We took our time at this waterfall and even climbed to the top to look out above everyone. Afterwards we cooled off with a fresh coconut and a fan and were off to our next adventure, the most expensive coffee in the world.
– Coffee Plantation – 12:30-1:30 –
The coffee plantation was very close to the waterfall and we needed a little energy boost so we decided to go here next. They took us on a little tour of the plantation and we learned how the famous kopi luwak coffee was made. The luwak’s eat the coffee beans and digest the shell. The beans are then ground and harvested. Use your imagination for the rest! I did feel sorry for the little luwaks who honestly look like little ferrets. Shane and I wanted to rescue all of them!
Our sampling also included various teas and flavorings such as vanilla, ginseng, cocao, dragonfruit, and lemon. The plantation was very beautiful and we stayed to take some pictures and buy our parents some of the famous coffee (not sure if we will tell them how it’s made though!)
Now you’re energized and ready for the monkey forest!
The Sacred Monkey Forest 2:00-3:00
The monkey forest was everything I thought it was going to be. Crazy monkeys everywhere! You can give them bananas but be very careful as they will steal your belongings! The monkey forest grounds are home to three Hindu temples and were apparently constructed around 1350. To enter is a mere 20,000 rupiah. We were able to leave the monkey forest unscathed and got some great pictures! We were sad to hear that it was going to storm soon as we were in rainy season so instead of going to the Tegalalang rice paddies in the heat we opted to drive forty minutes outside of Ubud’s center to the famous Bali swing.
Bali Swing 4:00-5:00
So I will confess that I have a big fear of heights and it took a lot of convincing to get on the swing even though it was MY IDEA TO GO! Katut hooked it up so we only had to pay for one person instead of two. I’m telling you our driver was great! It was pretty surreal flying over the jungle with nothing but a rope holding you in!
Don’t look down!
After traveling around for about 8 hours we were pretty exhausted and ready for a nap! There are so many places to explore and things to do that I wished we could have stayed a couple days instead of doing an Ubud day trip. Guess we will have to visit Bali again! What was your favorite thing to do in Ubud?! Let me know in the comments below 🙂