Taking a look around Ubud

From a variety of temples and lush green rice paddies to monkey forests and waterfalls, coffee plantations and amazing restaurants, the lively town of Ubud truly has a lot to offer to its visitors.

While the majority of your time will be spent in class, studying, or practicing yoga (that’s why you signed up for teacher training, right?!), you’ll soon realise the importance of taking full advantage of your time off to explore beautiful Ubud.

Our training courses are designed with this is mind: we give our students a half day off on Saturday and a full day off each Sunday to do whatever it is fuels your soul. While some may like to relax by the pool of their hotel or homestay, the more adventurous may want to get out and about as much as possible.

Our teacher training venue in Ubud is in the heart of the town, making it easy to see a lot in a short amount of time.

For other activities that are a bit outside of town, there are always taxi and motorbike drivers ready and willing to take you out and about for a cheap fare.

A great way to see an eclectic mix of things during your time in Ubud is to hire a driver for the afternoon (or full day). You can team up with some of your classmates and pick and choose which places you’d like to see and spend the day exploring to your heart’s content!

Our driver of preference: Nana Artana.

Suggestions have been taken from past students and Shades of Yoga has compiled a list of must-do’s while you’re here!


Tirta Empul

The holy water temple where locals and tourists alike flock to experience purification by immersing themselves underneath numerous water spouts, bathing and praying in a beautiful garden setting. As with any temples, be sure to dress appropriately. Covered shoulders and a sarong are required at all times.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Only for the brave! Situated in the heart of Ubud is a forest of hundreds of monkeys. It is sure a sight to see but do be careful – these creatures can be quite cheeky.

Be sure the follow the rules posted at the entrance and be very wary of carrying your own food in as the monkeys have been known to steal items directly from tourists and they can bite.

Tegenungan Waterfall

Get out of the hustle and bustle and into nature by venturing out to this stunning 15 metre high cascade. Be sure to take your swimsuit along for a refreshing swim! 

Campuhan Ridge Walk

If you’re not yet exhausted from all the asana and study, spend a few hours taking in the sights from this easy walk just outside of town. You’ll pass small villages, a few shops and cafes, and overall beautiful scenery.

Paradiso Ubud

An organic vegan cinema just a few doors down from Taksu Spa, your yoga teacher training venue. They host nightly movies with comfy couches, all in a cafe setting where you can order a delicious drink, meal, or dessert while enjoying the film. The best part? It will only cost you 50.000 rupiah for the film and then you can also use this towards your food purchase!


Sunrise trekking at Mt Batur

If this sounds appealing, you must be willing to wake up in the wee hours of the morning (2.a.m. pick up!) and then scale up a rocky, dusty volcano in the darkness. It’s invigorating and adventurous but yes, challenging too.

The views from the top when sunrise approaches are well worth the sleepless night and somewhat rigorous climb. Luckily, the ascent back down is less scary with the sun being out and the track less steep.

If that list of adventurous activities wasn’t quite enough or didn’t suit your fancy, have no fear, Ubud has plenty more to offer.

Ubud means medicine and once you begin exploring, you’ll quickly learn why. Ubud is comprised of numerous yoga studios, countless places to get a massage, and hundreds of delicious, nourishing restaurants, all putting you on the path to wellness.

You’ll also find the people living in Ubud to be of a consistently peaceful nature, many of them offering various healing services or ways to tune deeper into your true self. Whether you’re interested in chakra healing and massage, astrology, reflexology, colonics, or just a back to basics cleanse and detox, Ubud has no shortage of options and practitioners for you to choose from.

In fact, our teacher training venue allows you to combine many realms of healing all at once – Taksu Spa premises is a healing haven in and of itself. Here, you can take a yoga class, unwind and immerse yourself in a wide variety of spa services, and then sit amongst the café’s jungle setting and enjoy lunch or a healthy juice. 

Now, let’s highlight many people’s favourite part of Ubud – the food.

Mentioned previously has been the large number of delicious, wholesome food options scattered throughout. From extremely inexpensive local, family run restaurants (warungs) to high end resort style-dining options, everyone is sure to be pleased.

A few food favourites from past students:

PuSpa’s Warung

Just up the road from Taksu Spa, you’ll find this gem which serves all the local favourites like nasi campur, mie goring, and gado gado. A quaint outdoor spot with few seats but delicious cheap eats.

Sayan House

A bike taxi about 15 minutes outside of central Ubud leads to the beautiful Sayan House, a Japanese + Latin fusion restaurant set high above Ayung’s river gorge. You’ll feel like you’re in a jungle as you overlook the river below and indulge in off the chart, unique variations of tacos, sushi, and other a la carte items.

The Mudra

The Mudra offers a cozy atmosphere with a vegan friendly menu. Mudra only have space for 15 people and they prepare everything fresh with a different menu in the day from the evening. The servings are very generous and the staff are very friendly and helpful.

Clear Café

Recently re-opened on Hanoman Street, Clear Café is a colourful eatery with an eclectic menu sure to satisfy any craving. There’s also an upstairs, which you’ll find by climbing the beautiful spiral staircase (or by climbing the fire pole if you wish).

Seeds of Life

With daily specials that will make your mouth water, this raw, vegan restaurant is popular during all hours of the day. Don’t miss out on the Mexican lasagne!

The Spell Creperie

The Spell Creperie has a very special decoration. You find yourself in a fantastic fiction world. The menu resembles a spell book and the dishes have names of the characters of popular fiction stories like Merlin, Harry Potter, the Hobbit and don’t miss The Holy Grail! The crepes are delicious, vegan friendly and come with a healthy salad with a juicy sauce.

It’s hard to become bored when spending time in Ubud. Whether you’d prefer to relax in a café all day sipping smoothies or go off the beaten path climbing volcanoes and interacting with monkeys, Ubud is sure to keep you entertained.

It’s not surprising that most Shades of Yoga students stay well past their yoga teacher training to discover all that Ubud has to offer!