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Ubud: 3-Hour Silver Jewelry Making Class

1. Ubud: 3-Hour Silver Jewelry Making Class

Looking for a one-of-a-kind moment in Bali? This unique experience allows you to enjoy a fun, creative hobby combined with Bali's oldest crafting techniques. Spend a half-day with Ayu, who will introduce you to this special realm of art. She will teach you how to craft your idea into a wearable art piece just like she was taught by her father and her older brother when she was 9 years old. Learn all about what silver jewelry making entails and how it developed over time in Bali. Using 5 grams of silver, create your very own pair of earrings, ring, or pendant. Work together with Ayu to turn new silver into a polished art piece. It’s fun, it’s a challenge and a terrific way to spend your leisure time in Ubud.

Ubud: Half-Day Semi-Customized Private-Tour with Live Guide

2. Ubud: Half-Day Semi-Customized Private-Tour with Live Guide

This 5-6 hours semi-customized private tour takes you to experience the scenic part of Ubud and the surrounding area. Tailor make your half day tour to visit Ubud landmarks with other interesting its things to and its must have pictures. Once you are picked up at your hotel, get ready for a half-day of exploring, located in the uplands of Bali and is a completely different atmosphere to brash and busy areas like Kuta or Seminyak. With scenic a landscape, lively art scene, rich cultural atmosphere, and countless lifestyle attractions, there are no limits to the things you can do in this charming town. From the famous Ubud Monkey Forest to shopping, discover the top things to see in Ubud. List of Ubud top things to do and must have pictures 1. Explore Ubud Monkey Forest 2. Walk trough the iconic Tegalalang Rice Terrace 3. Go shopping at Ubud Market 4. Admire the Botanic Garden Ubud 5. Visit Holy Spring Temple Tirta Empul 6. Visit Goa Gajah Temple 7. Sample the delights at Gianyar Night Market 8. Visit and sample the famous and unique Luwak Coffee making process 9. Visit the Ancient Gunung Kawi Royal Monument 10. Chase one of the unique Kamto Lampo Waterfall or Tegenungan Waterfall. 11. Visit Ubud Palace 12. Admire Sarawasti Temple 13. Visit one of Ubud Artisan Villages (Celuk for Silver Smith Village or Visit Mas Village for wood carving village) On the day of the activity you can simply choose up to 4 of the places mentioned above that you would like to visit. Your lovely guide will be very more than happy to adjust your itinerary to include or exclude anything you'd like in Ubud. The usual policy is to dive deeper into your itinerary when we pick you up from your hotel so everyone is happy with the plan for the day. Drawing on a wealth of experience heading to all the major sightseeing spots of Ubud will ensure that your journey is as smooth as possible.

Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot Private Tour

3. Ubud: Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot Private Tour

After a morning pickup at your hotel, head to your first stop, a Batuan traditional Balinese house, located in the Gianyar regency. Follow your guide to a typical local home. Admire Balinese architecture – a compound with several buildings – and learn the importance of each part. Then journey to the Tegallalang rice fields of Ubud, famous for its beautiful scenery of rice paddies and the traditional subak irrigation system. Get a stunning view of the rice terraces on the slopes of the hills across the valley, and enjoy the cool and breezy climate. Next, visit a coffee plantation to learn about the famous luwak coffee. Discover how the farmers collect the still-intact beans from the forest floor and clean, roast, and grind them. Study the entire process of making the unusual brew, and get a chance to try some other coffees, tea, and cocoa drinks. Continue to Ubud Royal Palace (Puri Saren Ubud) and see one of the area's most prominent monuments. Constructed in traditional Balinese style, the palace has been well-preserved by Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel's heirs. Marvel at the gardens and the banyan tree that provides shelter from the heat. Afterward, make your way to Sacred Monkey Forest and discover the home of around 200 monkeys in Ubud. Believed by the locals to be "God's Guard of the Dalem Agung Temple," the long-tailed macaques dwell in certain areas and can often be seen on the roads.  End your tour at Tanah Lot Temple, known for its enchanting seaside setting and sunset views. Look at the ancient Hindu shrine, perched in the crashing waves, and watch the sun melt over the horizon. Then, travel back to your hotel or accommodation.

Langudu: Horse Riding on the Beach and in the Rice Fields

4. Langudu: Horse Riding on the Beach and in the Rice Fields

Experience the natural beauty of Bali from the back of a horse. A horse will be selected to suit your riding ability and you’ll receive basic instruction before heading out. An experienced groom will ride with you through lush green rice fields, where little has changed over the centuries. Continue from the village to Pig Stone Beach. The rides are suitable for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider. However, please note that riders must weigh less than 90 kg.

Ubud: 3-Hour Wood Carving Master Class

5. Ubud: 3-Hour Wood Carving Master Class

Looking for another way to experience the vibrant culture of Bali? Let a Balisene master introduce you to the ancient art of wood carving during this 3-hour creative class. Your instructors will skillfully guide all novice woodcarvers to find the mask, the animal, or the shape that is "hiding" inside each block of wood. Bali’s wood carvers are known throughout the world for their intricate and nuanced wood creations that adorn nearly every home on the island. This skill is inherited from one family generation to the next. Don't miss the opportunity to take part in this extraordinary craft while on the island. Stretch your creative muscle while vacationing in paradise, and then you can take home what you have helped to create as a souvenir you can't buy at any markets. Families and kids are welcome for a memorable cultural experience.

From Ubud: Evening Firefly Tour in Taro Village

6. From Ubud: Evening Firefly Tour in Taro Village

Soak up the atmosphere of remote and peaceful Balinese villages and see incredible fireflies on this unforgettable evening tour. After pick-up from your hotel, head to Taro Village where you will meet local families. Enjoy a dinner of local food in the middle of a rice field. Take a tour of the rice paddies and learn about the subak irrigation system, the rice paddies and their harvest cycle. Enjoy the sparkling lights of the fireflies while enjoying a hot drink. Listen for crickets, frogs and geckos and learn about other native wildlife.

Ubud: Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Jungle Swing Private Tour

7. Ubud: Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Jungle Swing Private Tour

At the start of your tour, get picked up from your accommodation and drive through the Bali countryside. Make your first stop at the famous Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary, home to over 500 long tail macaques. See the monkeys roaming around in their natural habitat. From the monkey sanctuary, head north of Ubud to visit Kumulilir. Challenge yourself to ride the 20-meter Jungle Swing to the jungle valley or rice terraces. Enjoy the views and take instagrammable pictures during this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After that, acuqaint yourself with Indonesia’s world-famous Luwak Coffee at its coffee plantation. Learn about the unusual method of producing the coffee, which involves the coffee beans being eaten and defecated by Asian palm civets, then collecting the partially-digested beans from the forest floor. After sampling the other coffees and teas made at the plantation, opt to taste a Luwak coffee, too. On the way back to Ubud, pass by the Ceking Rice Terrace at Tegalalang to marvel at the UNESCO-listed rice paddies, one of Bali’s most iconic sights. Learn about the pioneering subak system (the Balinese cooperative irrigation system) for which the terraces are known.  Finish your tour with being conveniently dropped off back at your accommodation in Ubud.

Bali: Ubud Rice Terraces, Temples and Volcano Day Trip

8. Bali: Ubud Rice Terraces, Temples and Volcano Day Trip

Venture into the picturesque landscapes of central Bali on a full-day tour of the rice terraces, temples, and active volcano of the island’s scenic center. Enjoy an Indonesian lunch, and more. Following a pickup from your hotel by a driver who will provide outstanding satisfaction, transfer by an air-conditioned car to Batubulan village to see the center of handmade Batik weaving. Continue to the village of Celuk to see gold and silversmiths at work. Next, go to the home of Bali’s wood carving crafts at Mas, and learn how to recognize and work with good wood. Next, transfer to the artists' village of Batuan Ubud, before admiring the wood carvings at Batuan Trinity Temple. Proceed to the holy temple of Sebatu and the holy spring water temple of Gunung Kawi. Enjoy lunch in Kintamani, with panoramic views of Mt. Batur and its lake. Then, visit Tegalalang village to taste some Balinese Luwak coffee and ginger tea. Marvel at the spice gardens and rice terraces before afternoon tea. Finally, go to the Sacred Monkey Forest which serves to protect the Balinese long-tail monkey (aka crab-eating macaques). Wander around the market at Ubud, and see the King’s (Royal) Palace.

Bali ‘Eat Street’ Local Food Tour

9. Bali ‘Eat Street’ Local Food Tour

In Bali, the villages all have nightly food markets where locals go when the sun goes down. In Seminyak and beyond, locals head out with their family and friends to local ‘Eat Street,’ and on this Bali food tour, we’re joining them at all their favorite spots! Your food journey starts at a local food market, where where your guide will take you in and out of the small alleyways highlighting some of the foods you will taste later on Eat Street. Then will visit a warung (café) famous for its babi guling (rotisserie-cooked suckling pig). Your guide will order for you a shared dish for two people and explain all that appears on the plate before you — which will have maybe five or six different elements. Don’t forget to buy some pork crackling! From there, we drive to a local Eat Street in Bali, tucked just behind the major tourist area and easy to get to — but oh-so local! We’ll start at the top of the street, where your expert guide will escort you through the numerous small warungs and stalls, picking out things for us to eat as we go. The street here is jam-packed with motorbikes and cars, and the later it gets, the busier it becomes; we go a little early to make sure we can get into the places we want. Of course, your guide is also an expert on local food, and will explain to you the food and traditions of what is on offer. On arrival, your guide will explain all the places that are available for eating here — far too many for one afternoon! The good news, though, is we always share dishes, so you’ll have lots of room to try it all. One must-try is the very yummy soto ayam (chicken noodle soup). This is one of Indonesia’s most famous national dishes. Walking along the main street, you’ll learn about all the different culinary influences on offer: Javanese, Sumatran, Sulawesi, Japanese and Thai/Indonesian fusion. Or, if you need an energy boost, how about an energy-filled dessert, Indonesian-style! You’ll see “Joss Milk” sold all over the country, which is an Indonesian energy powder you mix with milk. Believe it or not, it goes amazingly well with our favourite dessert, which we’re going to grab at a small warung. This dessert is made from a crumpet-style batter cooked in an earthenware pot over hot coals. Choose from the top 10 list or design your own; our favourite is Toblerone, banana, ice cream and cheese. The prices are cheap all long Eat Street, so if you decide you want to buy some more treats, you can pick up some extras for about USD$1-2. (How much can you try in one day?!) Your guide (now your best foodie friend on Bali) will assist you with finding a taxi for your trip back to your hotel (or to the next stop for your day out). And now that you have the keys to Bali’s local Eat Street, you can come back on your own to try even more local dishes.

Ubud: 3-Hour Walking Tour with Lunch

10. Ubud: 3-Hour Walking Tour with Lunch

Get a feel for Bali on foot on a carefully selected 3-hour walking tour through the charming villages, rural landscapes and typical rice fields of Ubud. Receive a special blessing during an authentic morning ceremony conducted by a Brahman priest at a traditional griya family compound. Then, start your walk with an expert guide. Stop at a local temple or more to admire the fascinating family compounds typical of the region. Drop in at a traditional craftsman's workshop and visit a beautiful waterfall or waterfalls to get in touch with nature. Journey through the rice paddies so characteristic of the area; if you’re lucky, you may even see a couple of cattle trudging through the mud pulling a primitive plow.  Your guide will be happy to explain about rural life in Bali, including the famous subak irrigation system and the time-honored way of growing rice on the island. Get some historical background to the island and sites visited if you wish, or just relax and enjoy the scenery. End with a tasty lunch in the home of a local and experience a more authentic side to Bali.

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This experience was everything we could have imagined and more - starting with the wonderful Sushi, who was an attentive, caring guide during our tour. I will never forget the day we spent with her, where her expertise and warm personality made us feel as safe as can be. We certainly didn’t expect the highlight of the day to be our tour guide, but Sushi is one of a kind. I cannot recommend her enough: prepare to have your life changed infinitely for the better by meeting her.

Was a great experience from start to finish, only a 15/20 ride from the centre of Ubud it was the perfect activity to do if visiting the area. You were involved in the process from start to finish with help from the experts at the studio. Had the choice of a ring, necklace pendant or earrings. Would without a doubt recommend.

Nyoman was an amazing tour guide! He taught us about each place we went to and took many pictures. He made us feel so welcome in Ubud and answered any questions we had. I definitely recommend this sweet man as your next tour guide. I would give 10/5 stars if I could! Thank you Nyoman:)

This was a great Bali introduction tour for a day trip. The best parts were going to the monkey forest, seeing the rice fields, and tasting kopi Luwak. Would recommend this to anyone looking to make the most of their trip to Bali!

Kuya Etok was really nice and acommodating. He was on time. Very helpful and took care of us. Very safe driver too!