On my birthday, other than yoga, the only thing I wanted to do was to HIKE, and by chance I came across the existence of Campuhan Ridge Walk in Ubud, Bali, via TripAdvisor, saw some photos on Instagram, and decided this shall be my activity on my birthday morning!
Where / What is Campuhan Ridge Walk?
Within walking distance from the city centre in Ubud, Bali, this is a paved trail through Campuhan Ridge. It’s a relatively easy hike. I’m not very active by nature but this hike was more than alright for me! It’s really quite a walk through nature.
On that morning, at about 7.10am, we took our hotel’s (briefly reviewed in this post) complimentary shuttle ride and the driver dropped us in front of the sign at Warwick Ibah. This will be your most prominent starting point that leads to Campuhan Ridge Walk. Take the left path sloping downwards. For clearer directions, I found an illustrated map via this website.
A 2km hike one-way, it was a beautiful morning and I was really happy to be surrounded by all the lush greeneries! On our way through the trail, there were already hikers coming from the opposite direction. They had finished the hike and were making their way out, while we were just starting. As with hiking culture, hikers will greet each other a good morning while walking past. It’s something I really like about hiking.
A village and rice fields
The hike turned out to be shorter than I’d expected and it ended rather abruptly. We arrived at a village and decided to keep walking on. There were houses around and people riding past on motorbikes, and plenty of rice terraces around! I imagined living there, being so close to nature, and thought it must be quite lovely.
In case you didn’t realize, rice fields are wetlands soaked in water, so don’t go stomping down the fields as if they were dry. I took these photos from a safe zone, on concrete road, teehee.
Walking further on, we saw these cute huts ahead and decided we’ll stop here (Karsa Cafe) for drinks and breakfast.
We got one of these ‘floating huts’ to ourselves, with a lotus pond surrounding us. Although the sun was blazing outside, there was a breeze blowing through, #BLISS. After ordering breakfast, we
rotted sat at our little pavilion for more than 2 hours, in a state of complete relaxation, until eventually, the waitress brought us the bill (ok we got the hint).
Breakfast! There was also another plate of [very salty] mee goreng which I didn’t take a photo of.
This was the bill for our breakfast for two: 200,000 IDR which converts to S$21 / USD$15.
Karsa Cafe faces more lotus ponds and rice terraces. There is also a spa (Karsa Spa) if you wanna indulge in further therapy!
The Walk Back
We walked back the same way we came – through the village and Campuhan Ridge Walk. This time, I noticed the art shops around!
Back at the ridge, my happy spot. I took a long time to walk through because it was gorgeous!
After leaving the ridge
After you leave Campuhan Ridge Walk, you can choose to walk along the main road, towards Ubud Art Market’s direction. Not too far ahead, there’s a Lotus Cafe and Lotus Temple (Saraswati Temple). You can easily find it because it’s right behind Starbucks, on the left side of the road. I didn’t enter the temple but took this photo from Lotus Cafe. It’s a very photogenic spot!
Good to know before you go hike at Campuhan Ridge Walk
• Campuhan Ridge Walk is a nature trail – there ARE insects, flying bugs, what-nots. It’ll be good if you could put on insect repellent before going.• Start early, to avoid the merciless hot sun of Bali. I started the hike by about 715am and it was already getting hot. By the time I left the ridge at about 11am, I had to take my umbrella out hahaha, because the sun was burning my skin!
• Put on sunscreen before going!
• Bring a small bottle of water to rehydrate if you don’t intend to stop for drinks.
• The hike is mostly unsheltered the whole way, so you’re subject to the weather’s elements be it sun or rain.
• The main walk is mostly paved road, so I don’t see any problem if kids were to hike too.
• This place is open to public – there’s no fees or anything.
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