When spending your holiday in Bali, Indonesia, make it a point that you spend a night or two in Ubud. This town is located up towards the central mountains of the island. If you are looking to experience the rich Balinese culture, go up this town and get pampered for hours or even days! When you get there, lush rice paddies and terraces will welcome you along with the sprawling coconut trees.

 Because there is just so much to do and experience in this town, here’s a short guide to making the most out of your trip to Ubud.

Visit the enchanting temples and the captivating historical landmarks.

There is the Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) that has carvings that date back to the 9th century, or the Pura Kehen, which is probably one of the most beautiful temples in Bali. The Water Palace is also a must-see as well as the Tirta Empul, a holy temple built around hot springs. Just remember to observe the rules as you enter, as the locals consider most of these places holy. You don’t want to disrespect them and risk the possibility of being evicted out of the place!

Indulge in Ubud’s Museums and Galleries.

Your trip to Ubud is not complete if you do not drop by its museums and galleries. These places showcase both Balinese and international artists. Traditional and modern Balinese art can be seen though various forms of creativity such as paintings, sculptures and even the architectures. What’s even better is that most museums offer art classes, which are definitely worth taking. Maybe it’s about time you bring out the artist in you!

Watch cultural performances.

Balinese dance and performing arts are pleasing to the eye. You will not see authentic traditional dances of this kind anywhere else in the world, some performed under the trees. You can catch performances almost every night so you don’t have to worry about missing a show. Perhaps it’s worth catching a dance lesson or two.

 Experience spa, yoga and meditation.

Total relaxation is guaranteed in Ubud! Health or healing resorts and spas are common in Ubud where you can get a heavenly massage, reflexology or any other spa treatment that is popular in the region. Get purified inside out when you attend the yoga and meditation classes available in the town. This is good place for yoga practitioners to enhance their practice—some places offer teacher training.

 Get yourself a tour guide.

There are so many attractions to see in Ubud, that if you don’t get a tour guide, you might miss out on the most important places that you should see. If not, you just get a visual overload! A tour guide will be able to help you understand that spiritual and cultural values of the places you will visit.

 Ubud’s landscape itself it already a feast to the senses. With its rice paddies and rice terraces, river valleys and lush greenery, the views are mostly breathtaking and the whole Ubud experience—life changing.