Ubud is the spiritual hub of Bali. Beside trying out yoga classes, you should visit the lush rice paddies, prehistoric temples and palaces spread throughout the 14 neighbouring villages. Here’s our compilation to help you get the most out of your visit and experience the best things to do in and around Ubud.
Wear minimum accessories when visiting the monkey forest. Don't feed or approach the monkeys unsupervised – they are wild animals, not pets.
Respect the culture
On temple visits you must wear a sarong, usually with sash (waistband) around your waist. Temples are generally very cheap or free to visit. However, most keepers will show visitors to a 'donation box', or offer sarongs at the entrance (don't worry if you didn't bring one). Always use right hand for gesturing; never left hand or feet.
Don’t be afraid to barter
Besides fancy boutiques, restaurants and convenience stores - the first price you're quoted is rarely the actual price, so don't be afraid to haggle, especially at the art markets.
Choose your healer wisely
To visit a traditional Balinese healer or shaman can be a unique experience, but make sure to visit on the recommendation of a trustworthy person or organization.