Best Bali Experiences: 4 Budget-Friendly Activities to Do in Ubud for First-Time Travelers

Ubud in Bali is probably known for two things: the famous terraced rice fields as well as the handicrafts. It's the best area in Bali to buy souvenirs, and if you happen to visit Bali around May or June you can also visit one of the best food festivals in Indonesia: Ubud Food Festival

If it's your first time traveling to Bali and you're planning to add Ubud to your Bali itinerary, Cat from Walk My World is going to share some of the best things to do in Ubud, Bali, suitable for first-time travelers. 

So, what are the best places to see in Ubud? What are the best activities to do on a budget there? Check this out!

4 Best Places to See and Experience in Ubud, Bali (on a Budget!)

In the heart of Bali, the regency of Ubud is not just stunningly beautiful, but also incredibly cheap, despite its popularity. An all-inclusive private tour around Ubud won't cost you more than $40 USD, and it can be even cheaper if you arrange a DIY trip around the area. 

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.

Enjoy the sunrise Tegalalang Rice Fields

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.

For the best experience, you can also join this eletric bike tour in Tegalalang to experience the best of Bali countryside beyond just the popular spots you always see on Instagram!

Explore the waterfalls around Ubud

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.

Tukad Cepung waterfall in Ubud, Bali - Indonesia
Tukad Cepung waterfall in Ubud, Bali – Indonesia

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.

Quick tip: Bali tour guides are known for their effort that goes above and beyond to take the best photos for their guests. For the best photographs around the waterfalls, I'd recommend booking this Ubud Secret Waterfalls tour!

Swimming around the Tukad Cepung waterfall in Ubud, Bali - Indonesia
Swimming around the waterfall in Ubud, Bali – Indonesia

Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest

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.

Monkey forest in Ubud, Bali - Indonesia
Monkey forest in Ubud, Bali – Indonesia

Pamper yourself with a four-hand massage

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. 

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