Ubud is inarguably beautiful.  The food is great. The sights are definitely worth your every minute.

But the noisy crowd may not be to your liking. So if this is the first time you will be visiting Ubud yet you don’t want to be bombarded by hordes of travelers, this article might just be what you need. Let us help you find hidden gems that will you make you love Ubud just the same, minus the clamorbrought about by the crowd. Check out the list bellow if you want to enjoy off the beaten track Ubud.

  1. Marvel at Lake Batur’s spectacular view

To reach Lake Batur, you need to take about a 45-minute motorbike ride along the road running north from Ubud. No need to worry about the humid weather as temperature starts dropping once you’re nearing your destination. The lake’s turquoise blue water looks impressive amidst the lush green colors of the mountains. In case you feel a little more adventurous, you can join tours and go hiking to Mt. Batur. Some tours start as early as 3 in the morning so you can catch the beautiful sunrise at the mountain’s summit. There are also water sport activities like banana boat and flying fish on the lake. If you need to grab lunch, you’ll also find restaurants in the area.

The fee for a motorbike rental for a day ranges from IDR 200-500 or USD 15-38. As for the sunrise tour, you need to pay around IDR 780,000 or USD 60, depending on the number of persons per group.

  1. Try the heart pounding Bali Adventure Rafting

If you enjoy heart-pounding activities, then be sure to try the 45 rapids of the AyungRiver. The river can be found at Raya Kedewatan in Ubud, Bali. The spectacular view of the river and gushing waterfalls are more than enough to keep you amused. What’s more is that you’ll see wild animals like monkeys playing in the trees and hear birds chirping from everywhere. The water rafting activity lasts for about two hours and you will only need to pay for about IDR 500,000 or USD 38 to do it.

After this adventure, you can look forward to a buffet at Bali Adventure Rafting’s very own restaurant. You will be served with delicious gourmet dishes at their dining area, overlooking the beautiful mountains and lush green rice paddies. Quite an impressive way to experience off the beaten track in Ubud after surviving an extreme adventure.

  1. Be a rice farmer for a day

Have you also been nagged by your mom to finish the rice on your plate because the farmer put a lot of effort making it? Visit Ubud and you can have a better understanding on how much work these farmers put in in each grain of rice. In fact, you can even try to be a farmer for a day. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayanbrings you a rare opportunity to experience a day in the life of a rice farmer.This resort is just 15 minutes away from Ubud, and they also offer shuttle services for added convenience.  Get a chance to try traditional farming methods to plant rice seeds and transplant the shoots.

  1. Dine in amidst lush vegetation and tall palm trees

Another reason to love the Ayung River is that it also has some of the best restaurants that allow you to dine in while enjoying the magnificent view of the flowing river. These restaurants only use local, organically grown produce, and feature various Balinese and international cuisines.

At night, the outside deck becomes a romantic venue to unwind with your loved ones while having a wine or a cocktail. It offers you a chance to closely watch the water flow along the valley and listen to calming sound of the wildlife. Surrounded with lush vegetation and tall palm trees, this place will definitely pull you away from the noise of the city.

  1. Go rappelling in Balinese jungles

The canyoneering activity in JL Raya Mas, Ubud, Baliis just starting to get noticed. This means it’s still a good way to avoid the busy streets of central Ubud while having a truly unique experience. For about two to three hours, you will be hiking, trekking, and rappelling in canyons. It will definitely test your physical endurance and allow you to conquer your fear of heights. Those who brave to do this activity are rewarded to see the beautiful waterfalls and canyons of the Balinese jungle. The rate per person starts at IDR 1,500,000 or USD 110.

If you want to make your first visit in Ubud extra special, don’t hesitate to book your accommodation at Furama Villa & Spa. This place has got everything you need to make your stay as relaxing and exciting as possible. Visit their website for more details.

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