Back to the $10 series, everyone! 😀
And this time, we’re going to talk about a place that is so close yet so far from me. Why so?!
Well, in case you didn’t know, Bali is still on my bucket list of 30 things to do before turning 30 despite the fact that I’m actually living in Bandung, a city which literally only takes 2-hour flight to Bali.
Anyway, I’m planning out to go to Bali (after the last few attempts) for my 30th birthday in a few months. And just like everyone who’s heading to the island, Ubud is also one of the destinations that I’m planning to go during my first visit to Bali.
Now, now… Thanks to Cat from Walk My World, this week we’re gonna touch the topic about how you could spend your $10 in Ubud. Keep in mind that nowadays IDR is weakening towards the USD so there’s a chance you could even get more things around there at this time of the year. 😉
Strolling Around the Infamous Tourist Spots and Some Good Massage in Ubud
In the heart of Bali, the city of Ubud is not just stunningly beautiful, but also incredibly cheap, despite its popularity. You’ll be amazed at just how much $10 can buy you.
You can spend a whole day in and around Ubud taking in some of the most stunning sites on the island for just $10 USD. Start by renting a scooter for the day, at just over $3 USD. This is the ideal way to get around the area as you can skip through a lot of the traffic that cars get caught up in.
Head to the famous rice fields of Tegalalang for sunrise, unless you want to walk along one particular stretch of the paddy (the one that is famous on Instagram) it’s completely free. If you want that shot you will need to pay the land owner 20,000 rupiah, or around $1.35 USD.
Next head to one of the most famous waterfalls in the region: Tukad Cepung. The waterfall is situated inside a cave, and it’s easily the most unique falls we have ever seen.
Entry to the waterfall is just 10,000 IDR or around $0.67c. Tukad Cepung is breathtaking but it’s a bit shallow for a swim, so next head for Kanto Lampo or Tibumana for waterfalls with pools big enough for a proper dip.
They cost $0.67c each for entry. You can pick up lunch for just a few dollars at one of the many local warungs along the way.
This will leave you just enough change to make your way to the Sacred Monkey Forest in the heart of Ubud. It’s a beautiful jungle area in the centre of town that is famous for one reason: the monkeys.
After years of tourism, the monkeys have become bold, ambushing naïve tourists who have a bag open or food in their hand. The entertainment is worth the $3.37 USD entrance fee alone.
If you prefer a little pampering, $10 USD can also get you one of our favourite Ubud experiences: the four-hand massage. You haven’t experienced massage until you’ve had a four-hand massage!
For thirty blissful minutes, $10 USD will get you not one but two amazing masseurs! This means you have the sensation of having your legs and shoulders massaged at the same time. No massage we’ve had since has ever rivalled that experience.
Contributor: Cat from Walk My World
Joe and Cat, two Brits who left the UK on a one-way ticket in 2012. After spending a year in Asia and five years in Australia, they’re now back on the road again. They share their travel and hiking adventures on their blog, Walk My World.