Digital Nomad Guide to Ubud

While Bali has grown in popularity as one of the best vacation spots in the world, it has also quickly become one of the best places for remote workers.

In particular, Ubud has become a favorite for its abundance of culture and energy. With beautiful weather and surroundings, delicious food, and affordable living, it's a great place to call home while building your business.

Read on to see if you should add Ubud to your digital nomad journey.

FREQUENTLY ASKED

Where is it and why should you go?

Indonesia; affordability, full of culture, great foodie spots, and a bustling nomad community. The Balinese people are also among the kindest in the world.

What is the weather like?

October - March is classed as rainy season, but on the whole the weather is pleasantly hot with the occasional tropical shower.

The best thing about Ubud is:

Ubud is the perfect fusion of east meets west; surrounded by endless tropical rice paddies it's one of Bali's most beautiful spots, with lots going on - from countless yoga studios to some brilliant co-working spaces that run an abundance of events and workshops...

The worst thing about Ubud is:

Sometimes the midday heat can be pretty stifling, and the fumes from the scooters can be pretty smoky.

Is English spoken?

Yes

Is Ubud safe?

Yes, absolutely.

Best areas to live in?

 
I live just outside Ubud's thriving center, off Jalan Raya Sanggingan; surrounded by rice paddies, with a brilliant view of Mount Batur and a short scoot from the hub of Ubud, it's the perfect location.

What is the internet like in Ubud?

In Ubud? Can be pretty temperamental in cafes but if you're in a co-working space you shouldn't have any issues.

Do you need a car to get around?

Most people have scooters but if you live centrally everything's walking distance.

FAVORITE CAFÉS TO WORK FROM

  • The Elephant - with unbeatable views of the jungle, and a tasty vegetarian menu, The Elephant is one of my favorite spots in Ubud.
  • Yoga Barn's Garden Kafe - following a class at the Yoga Barn, their cafe offers the perfect place for a light refreshment and a great opportunity to get down to work.
  • Seeds of Life - with a chilled ambiance and an unbeatable menu, this raw food spot in the center of town is a must visit for any digital nomads in the area.

GREAT CO-WORKING SPACES

With an abundance of events, workshops, and talks, Hubud is the hub of Ubud's digital nomad community. Another popular co-working space in Ubud is Outpost, whose Google-esque offices make them a hot spot for local entrepreneurs.

OTHER FAVORITE HOTSPOTS

Yoga barn for getting sweaty, Soma for a is candle-lit ambiance, Paradiso for its vegan movie nights.

NEARBY

SEMINYAK is a great destination for stylish shopping and sophisticated beach bars. The perfect place to watch the sunset over the ocean with a cocktail in hand, it's about 90 minutes by car from Ubud.

If you want a laid-back surf vibe surrounded by like-minded creatives, head to CANGGU. With healthy eateries and yoga spots a-plenty, Canggu is a beach lovers' answer to Ubud.

For sprawling ocean vistas, culture and surfing, ULUWATU is well worth a visit. Though slightly further away from Ubud, the cliff views are not to be missed.

BUDGET

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RENT
$500/room with ensuite bathroom + pool
 

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COFFEE

$3

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STREET FOOD

$3

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RESTAURANT

Main Course: $10+

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ALCOHOL

Beer - $3
Wine - $40 per bottle
Cocktail - $10

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Everyone scoots around here so buses aren't the done thing.

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ACTIVITIES

Bike Hires: ~$5/day
A lot of water temples and attractions are on a donation basis

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HOTELS

Hostel beds start at around $8/night
Hotels can range from $20-$2,000/night

RECOMMENDED HOSTELS + HOTELS

The Onion Co for budget, Ananda Cottages and Pirtiwi Bisma 2 for mid-range, Kupu Kupu Barong and Blue Karma Resort for more expensive
 

>> CHECK OTHER HOTEL PRICES + AVAILABILITY IN UBUD HERE <<

FACEBOOK GROUP FOR DIGITAL NOMADS IN UBUD

Hubudians, Ubud Community, Ubud Digital Nomads

 

I'm a book blogger at The Unlikely Bookworm and freelance travel writer from the UK, who, prior to moving to Ubud, lived in Sydney for eighteen months. A qualified yoga teacher and a certified bookworm with a passion for travel, I'm a strong believer that life is what you make of it.

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