When my Shanghai BFF/ Soulmate Steven and I decided we wanted to go to Bali, we knew right away we wanted to spend a lot of time in Ubud. Ubud, Bali was the perfect destination for us– lots of yoga and a great vibe (the entire reason we went to Bali!), but lots to do.
People turned their noses at us when we said we were going to Ubud for two weeks, but it was honestly perfect. Don’t get me wrong, I love fast paced travel, but sometimes it’s really nice to be in a place for while and really set roots!
If you’re a hardcore Bachelor fan like me, you’ll remember in Chris’ season the girls went to the monkey forest. Admission is about $3 USD and it was fun!! The monkeys will jump all over you, but that’s part of the experience.
Taking yoga classes in Bali is definitely a bucket list item; you can FEEL the positive energy and good vibes. My favorite part about my yoga experience in Ubud was that I got to try classes I don’t normally take; we did an Acro Yoga class (yes, I fell on my face, but it was super fun), a Crystal Bowl Meditation (which was insanely trippy) and a Tiebtan Bowl Meditation (which was extremely frustrating). Taking classes outside of my comfort zone was really fun and I’m glad I did it!
Even if you’re not a yogi, you definitely should go to Yoga Barn just for their food alone. When I was in Bali, I decided to eat completely vegetarian (because why not, and also because Steven is a vegetarian and I knew it would be easier). Yoga Barn has the BEST vegan/raw/veg food, and you don’t need to go to a class to check it out!
We went out a total of two times in Ubud, and both were quite chill but fun! The Laughing Buddha is a good place to start for drinks, and if you feel like dancing and want cheap drinks (like $3 a pop!), walk over to Chill Out Lounge. Then if you want to dance even more, the C2 Lounge right next door is open until 3am! (We might have stayed until close on our last night in Bali!)
Studio Perak (which has 5 locations in Ubud) hosts amazing silver making classes! For about $20, you get 5 grams of silver and help making anything in their store that you like! I made ADORABLE feather earrings and then three days later… lost them. Not kidding 🙁 (I just went the next day to the store and bought the pair that I modeled the ones I made off of, but I was so mad!)
You get picked up in Ubud at 2am (ugh), drive about an hour to the base of the hike, and then hike up to the top of the mountain to see the sunrise. The hike was hard, but so worth it! After the hike (and eating breakfast on top of the mountain!) we went to see a waterfall (cool!) and a coffee plantation (kind of lame). Don’t worry about pre-booking this experience; when you get to Ubud, there will be a lot of people able to help you book it then!
Have you ever been to Ubud? If so, what are your must-dos?