Central Bali – Ubud

Ubud rice fields

Ubud is a fairly central location in Bali, ideal base for day trips to all directions of the island. 

Located amongst rainforests and rice terraces this town offers a balance between the beautiful nature and traditional arts and crafts, sacred sites, colourful markets, cafes and restaurants as far as the eyes can see.

Ubud street at night.

Ubud Rice Fields

Just minutes from the main street of Ubud, by walking through a very narrow alley you can find yourself standing in the middle of some serene rice fields. They don’t look as spectacular as Tegallalang or Jatiluwih but they offer a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Ubud.

The walk can take you about 1hr but it will likely be even longer if you stop at Sweet Orange Warung for lunch or just a coffee or have some coconut water from Nyoman, a very friendly local farmer who climbs the coconut trees himself.

Ubud Palace

If you are staying in Ubud, visiting the Royal Palace (Puri Saren Agung) is a good way to appreciate Balinese architecture. It is located on the main street surrounded by restaurants and cafes so it should be easy to fit in your every day itinerary.


You’ll notice in no time that Tegallalang Rice Terraces has to be the most popular to visitors. It draws a lot of tourists as it is only a 30-minute drive from Ubud and it offers many quirky photo spots (eg. swings, nests and love hearts) with the rice fields as a backdrop. If you arrive at the crack of dawn it should be free. On the other hand, if you arrive with a driver and enter through the car park you’ll be asked for a modest entry fee. 

Overall, we think it’s worth a visit if you’re near Ubud area. However, we do have a better suggestion. Read on, if you’re seeking more stunning rice fields.

Kanto Lampo

Entry Fee: Free

Kanto Lampo waterfall in Bali

A very popular waterfall especially in the afternoon. It is possible to swim in the little pool that is formed but due to the number of people that you can find there, we would only recommend it if you go early in the morning or if you are just passing by. There will be a local man by the waterfall who will offer to mind your belongings and even to take photos for you. Once there, you’ll realise that his service could allow you to fully experience the waterfalls and their direct surroundings without you worrying about your belongings getting wet or stolen. If you do take him up on his offer, perhaps offer him a tip. 

Where to Eat in Ubud

Ubud has some of the best restaurants and cafes, whether it’s Indonesian or international cuisine, here you will find all kinds of delicious food:

  • Alchemy
    • 100% Organic and Vegan Cafe
  • Zest
    • 100% Organic and Vegan Cafe with beautiful lush views
  • Sweet Orange Warung
    • Indonesian Cafe/Restaurant amongst the local Ubud Rice Fields
  • Mendez Warung
    • Very affordable and Delicious Indonesian cuisine
  • La Pacha Mama Mexican
    • Vegan Mexican, so much better than it sounds. Great atmosphere, live music at night with great food/drinks.
  • Griya Restaurant
    • Great Indonesian cuisine in a lovely atmosphere. Make sure you visit their fish pond downstairs.