ubud monkey forest


A Bali icon, the Sacred Ubud Monkey Forest is located just 5 minutes walk from Adiwana Bisma. It’s a conservation site on 27 acres of land, home to hundreds of grey-tailed macaques and 115 species of plants and trees. The entire space is lush and serene, a lovely natural sanctuary with paved pathways through dense foliage. There is a river that winds through the forest and several ancient temples on-site. On your exploration, you’ll come across moss-covered statues and breathtaking dragon staircases, which are perfect for photo opportunities. While you’re there, you enlist the service of a local guide and purchase fruits to feed the macaques if you so wish.

Open every day from 8.30am to 5.30pm

Entrance Fee: IDR 80,000 per adult and IDR 60,000 per child.

ubud art market


Located along Jl. Raya Ubud right opposite the Ubud Palace just 5 minutes drive from Adiwana Bisma, the Ubud Art Market is the best place to shop for souvenirs. You’ll find everything local and handmade artworks here from handwoven rattan bags, hats, sarongs, sandals and scarves to paintings, silver and wooden home décor, masks, kites, statues, clothes, snacks and even jewellery. Take your time to stroll through each section and explore what each stall has to offer. Remember that there are no set prices here in the art market, and be prepared to start haggling the minute you ask ‘how much’.

Open daily from 8am to 5pm

No entrance fee.

serayu pot terracotta


Serayu Pot and Terracotta is a fun Ubud destination for the whole family. The entire space is filled with colourful terracotta pots in all shapes and sizes, which is excellent for photographs. The Balinese owner, I Wayan Cameng, was once a celebrated artist and painter, producing classical Balinese artwork on canvas. His expressions of creativity have since evolved and he now paints terracotta pots in a myriad of shapes and hues. These are then hung from the shop’s ceiling and piled up along the walls and staircases, creating a pretty and dreamy wonderland for visitors to enjoy. Customers can purchase pots, place orders or attend workshops or drawing classes for a small fee.

Open daily.

Entrance Fee: Donation based.

gunung kawi


Overlooking the Pakerisan River at the bottom of a lush ravine is a collection of 10 ancient “candi” or shrines which were carved directly into the face of the rock cliff. Each candi stands at 8 metres high and sits in its own sheltered niches. Resembling ancient temples found in East Java, each candi has a small hidden chamber underneath for offerings. It is said that the candis were constructed in the 11th century by the son of the great Balinese ruler, King Udayana of the Warmadewa Dynasty and that the whole complex was built to honour the king, his queen and their sons Airlangga, Anak Wungsu and Marakata, as well as their other wives and concubines.

Open daily from 8.00am to 6.00pm

Entrance Fee: IDR 50,000 per person