Payangan is a lush pocket of Bali surrounded by emerald-green rice terraces and dense jungle. A stone’s throw from Ubud city centre, Payangan is close to trendy cafes and restaurants but remote enough to feel like a tropical paradise. Relax at your hotel and day trip to tumbling waterfalls and spring-fed pools.
Things to do in Payangan
Most people arrive in Payangan to rest, relax and bask in the serene atmosphere. When it comes to luxury, Payangan delivers with dreamy hotels set in flower-filled tropical gardens. Swim in infinity pools overlooking the jungle, indulge at the spa and dine at chef-inspired restaurants.
Leke Leke Waterfall cascades down a fern-covered cliffside and into a turquoise pool. On the short 15-minute hike to the waterfall, you’ll cross several picturesque bamboo bridges. Escape the crowds and enjoy a refreshing dip at Lembah Bidadari. Also known as Angel Valley, these crystalline natural pools are surrounded by jungle.
The postcard-perfect Tegallalang Rice Terraces are one of the most photographed attractions in Bali. Trails wind through the bright green terraces and take you up and down the different levels. The main road overlooking the terraces is dotted with colourful souvenir shops and cafes where you can enjoy lunch with a view.
If you want to venture beyond popular attractions like the Sacred Monkey Forest and Saraswati Temple, Payangan is a great base. Discover hidden gems like Munduk Asri, a picturesque village enveloped by enormous tree roots. The family-friendly Fireflies Garden introduces you to traditional Balinese farming. Visit after dark to watch the enchanting insects light up the sky.
Getting around Payangan
Taxis are a fast and comfortable way to get around Payangan. Scooters and motorbikes offer the freedom to explore surrounding sights and attractions in Ubud at your own pace. Ngurah Rai International Airport is a two-hour drive away.