Ubud is one of the most popular cities to visit on the Indonesian island of Bali. As one of the major hubs for arts and crafts on the island, Ubud is popular with visitors who want to take home finely crafted souvenirs. It's also home to a number of experiential stops as well. Whether you're looking for a hand-carved mask used in the traditional topeng dances, and up-close-and-personal interaction with wild monkeys, or a stroll through one of Bali's largest outdoor markets, Ubud is a must-see during your time in Bali. Visit the stops below to truly make the most out of your time in Ubud!
1. Sukawati Art Market
The Sukawati Art Market is one of Bali's oldest outdoor markets. Packed with vendors, tourists, and locals, you'll find one of the biggest varieties of Balinese art, household goods, decorative objects, in souvenirs here. Be sure to barter with the locals to experience the true Balinese lifestyle – and learn the word “tidak”, which means "no". Being ready to walk away is the key to getting the price you want!
2. Puri Saren Agung
Puri Saren Agung, or the Ubud Palace, was built in the 1800s to house the royal family of Ubud. Today, it's a stop for many visitors due to its exquisite architecture and spiritual history. You may even be able to catch some traditional Balinese dance while you visit!
3. Mas Village
Mas is a village on the outskirts of Ubud that specializes in woodcarving. Here, some of the best woodworkers in the country live and work. Masks are a popular souvenir, as they're commonly used in traditional “topeng” dances, and feature a wide variety of characters and expressions.
4. Ubud Monkey Forest
One of the most popular attractions in Ubud, you'll be able to see monkeys in their natural habitat. Close to 700 monkeys make their home in the forest. As you wander through the high trees on the paved paths, you will see and hear monkeys all around. The Monkey Forest is perfect for devotees of an adventurous lifestyle!
5. Fair Warung Bale
After a long day of exploring Ubud and the surrounding areas, stop at this restaurant for some delicious food. In addition to serving up tasty local delicacies, the Fair Warung Bale donates all of its profits to charity – making it the only restaurant worldwide that supports and funds a comprehensive healthcare program.
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