I get this question a lot. So, I am sharing my current local hangouts here. Keep the following notes in mind while reading this list.
These are places I’ve been to more than twice i.e., hangouts.
These places can be reached in 15 minutes or so by foot from the Ubud Palace area (Ubud Centre). Most articles I’ve read about what to do in Ubud tell you about places that are 30 minutes to two-hours away by car (e.g., Ceking Rice Terraces in Tegalalang, Mount Batur, Bali Swing, Goa Gajah, and Tegenungan Waterfalls).
An asterisk (*) means a must-see or must-do. If you’re in Ubud for only a day, do these.
Ubud is like my mood–constantly changing. Check back often for updates, photos, & descriptions.