Timeless, blissful and absolutely nature-bound, Ubud’s mythical vibe makes it one of those places where your few days of vacation can easily turn to weeks, month and even years. But what if you only have a full day to travel out and about of the verdant town? We try to compile the experience below…
1. Morning : Tegalalang Rice Field
Few contest on this one; Tegalalang rice field remains #1 spot to visit for Ubud travelers and its easy to know why. Sprawling valleys of green terraces, fresh air and wonderful vista of trees and blue, unpolluted sky, it is a definite first place you’ll want to be in the morning. Let’s just say that your wake up call to arrive here before the sun and crowds will be totally worthwhile.
2. Breakfast : Monsieur Spoon
A perfect place to enjoy the rest of the morning with a glass of coffee and quality patisserie, Monsieur Spoon Ubud boasts a tempting range of high-quality handmade French pastries, cakes, artisan bread and savouries in a relaxed, friendly environment. Their arrays of palatable breakfast goodness really compliment Ubud’s tranquil and close-to-nature vibe. A must-visit indeed.
3. Pre-Noon : Lotus Pond Of Pura Taman Saraswati Temple
Derrived as the true ‘heart of Ubud’, Pura Taman Saraswati is an ancient Hindu temple which made famous by its signature, massive lotus pond located at the front area. A bit trivia for your knowledge, The temple is dedicated to Saraswati, who, according to Hindu mythology, is the divine consort of Brahma, the four-faced creator deity. Her name is a combination of two Sanskrit words, “sara,” a lake or pool, and “vati,” to possess. Loosely translated, her name means She Who Has an Abundance of Water. For a sacrilegous ancient temple, Pura Taman Saraswati is surprisingly quite easy to find; just walk on the central Ubud until you found the sole Starbucks in the whole region, and the temple gallantly stands just aside the vintage-styled, Balinese-inspired branch of the mammoth coffee shop franchise.
4. Lunch : Nasi Ayam Kedewatan
You have to at least try one traditional food while traveling in Ubud, so we recommend this one to satiate your midday hunger. Nasi Ayam Kedewatan Bu Mangku serves Balinese-style mixed rice with spiced chicken, and the taste remains the same from generation to generation. From fried chicken, to chicken satay it has become a Legendary-class culinary destination to satisfy those meaty cravings. Everything here is served with a variety of sides and their signature spicy sambal – all at great local price!
5. Afternoon : Seniman Coffee
A (not so) hidden gems of coffee shop in Ubud’s countryside, Seniman Coffee is a great spot to enjoy a relaxing afternoon; right between the satisfying lunch time and before resuming to your next fun-filled activity in the area (continue reading below!). As the ‘4th wave’ coffee shop in Indonesia, Seniman definitely know what they’re doing. Sit on the cozy open-air verandah and order their signature light roast single-origin Indonesian coffees along with sweet, traditional-inspired small bites and watch how time pleasantly goes by on each sip and savor.
6. Sunset : Tjampuhan Ridgewalk
There’s no beach in Ubud for sure; you’re definitely taking a wrong turn if you think you see one. But the lack of shoreline doesn’t mean the area is not for sunset goers. Get your daily dose of sundown vibe from an altitude at Bukit Tjampuhan Ridge Walk. Situated on the edge of town, you can follow the paved trail that work its way through the ridge with magnificent view of Ubud on a vantage point. You’ll forget those 30-minutes drive you take from central Ubud to arrive on this immaculate slice of paradise.
7. Dinner : Pison Coffee Ubud
After a full-day of exploring around, close it with something exquisite and comforting, like having a dine at Pison Coffee Ubud. Located adjacent with Alaya Resort; just minutes drive from Monkey Forest, the quaint cafe will greet you with fantastic selections of fantastic food and drinks to cater your dinner moment; from pasta, soup to selections of mouth-watering fried rice (try the Crispy Pork Belly one!). Have a seat, enjoy your dine, and congratulations, you have managed to enjoy a one fine day in Ubud!