Easy Day Trips from Ubud on a Scooter
Ubud for me really is the best place to use as a base for all kinds of exploring around the island. Taxis and private drivers are expensive and don’t allow you to be as flexible as you want, and public transports don’t exist. So the best option by far is to go for a scooter!
The beauty of taking your scooter is that no planning is needed. It’s easy to find a scooter from 40,000 – 70,000 Rp ($2.64 – 4.62USD).
Riding a scooter on the roads of Bali is dangerous, so make sure you have experience and insurance (check the fine print as some insurance companies won’t cover motorbike crashes).
Ubud’s location allows for easy access to the surrounding Balinese countryside where you can enjoy the impressive scenery.
Have a look at the list below for some inspiration, on some easy Day Trips from Ubud on a Scooter:
- Tegallalang (rice terraces) its a very popular destination, but I don’t recommend it. you can and will see rice terraces elsewhere without the crowds, touts, and souvenir shops.
- Kintamani and Batur (villages that run together)
- Gunug Batur (volcano)
- Danau Batur (lake)
- Pura Besakih (complex with 23 related temples)
- Goa Gajah (temple)
- Yen Pulu (temple)
- Pejeng (village)
- Sideman (village)
- Semarapura or Klungkun (city + Kerta Gosa complex)
- Pura Tamah Lot (temple) not recommended
- Cemagi (village + Pura Gede Luhur Batr Ngaus)
- Pura Taman Ayun (Unesco temple)
- Pandang Bai (seaside town)
- Pantai klotek (black sand beach)
- Pura watu Klotok (village, temple, and beach )
- GelGel (town and temple)
- Manggis (village)
- Candidasa (town and beach)
From Ubud you can reach lots of different places there is no shortage of day trips opportunities from Ubud. But keep in mind that the police in Bali is corrupt, and even if you follow all the rules you may have to pay a fine. Expect to be stopped and pulled over by the police especially around Ubud.
Always use a helmet even if the locals don’t, try to avoid the main roads and choose the smaller ones, have the registration of the rental motorbike, your passport with you, driving license and international license.
Theoretically, if you have all the documents, a helmet and you haven’t broken any road rules, you should not be subject to any fine.
If you get pulled over, and you can’t find a way out of it better have a second wallet with a small amount of money with you. The fines aren’t fixed, so the officer generally sees how much money you’re carrying and decides how much he will be charging you.
Have you been to any of the places I’ve mentioned? Do you have any other recommendations? leave your thoughts on the comments section, and thanks for reading 🙂
photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha
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