Ubud is effortlessly one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. It is surrounded by lush green rice terraces, spectacular waterfalls and a rainforest filled with monkeys. Ubud is also known for healing and yoga retreats, temples, vegan eateries and great boutiques and markets for shopping. Here is my list of the most Insta-worthy sights and attractions in Ubud.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tegalalang Rice Terrace is located about 20 minutes from the center of Ubud. Situated in the valley, it offers scenic views of the rice fields and surrounding green landscape. These rice paddles are part of a traditional Balinese irrigation system known as subuk. It’s an ancient tradition dating all the way back to the eighth century. I recommend getting there before 11:00 am to avoid lots of travelers.
The Bali Swing
These magical swings are an unforgettable experience which will allow you to capture one-of-a-kind pictures. Ladies, I suggest you wear a bright color dress that flows as you swing over the abyss.
Sacred Monkey Forest
This was one of my favorite things to do in Ubud. I am a big fan of monkeys and they sure have a lot of them here! This 27-acre protected forest is home to more than 700 monkeys. The species that live here is known as the Balinese long-tailed monkey. However, these adorable creatures do like to snatch your personal items such as sunglasses, cameras or whatever they can get their hands on… so beware! They might even grab your cellphone and take a selfie!
The Tegenungan waterfall is something you can’t miss while visiting Ubud. It is located in the village of Tegenungan Kemenuh, in Gianyar. I recommend going in the morning so you can get photos without lots of other visitors in the background. I got there around 8:00 AM and the crowd was minimal. The waterfall is absolutely gorgeous, a perfect place to take a swim and explore the surrounding area. You do have to walk about 100 steps down the stairs to get to the falls, so I definitely suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes.
The Four Seasons Bali at Sayan
This property is one of my most Insta-worthy destinations I’ve ever stayed at. The site is hidden in the jungle, just off the bank of the Ayung River. I took tons of photos right in my villa which sat high above the treetops. Our plunge pool made for a spacious outdoor setting, and being immersed in the jungle was ideal for pictures. Even if you don’t stay at the Four Seasons, it’s totally worth paying a visit.
The giant bird’s nests in this region are a fun thing to see. I sat in the nest at the Tegenungan Waterfalls. If you look close enough at my photo, you can see the waterfalls in the background.
Floating Breakfast At Your Room
I can’t think of a better way to start my day then having a floating breakfast brought to my room. I enjoyed a delightful meal made to order, along with amazing views in a very peaceful jungle-like setting.