Seminyak Or Ubud Bali

{Where To Stay In Bali}

Seminyak Or Ubud Bali

{Where To Stay In Bali}

Seminyak or Ubud Bali? We all know the two destinations, and we all love them.

But which one is better suited to you and your wants and needs while you travel?

I just want to mention that I’ve been to both destinations, and I can’t say I love one more than the other.

I love them both for several different reasons and I never have to try and choose either Seminyak or Ubud Bali, because I personally feel it is necessary to incorporate both destinations into my Bali itinerary.

I think the first preference would be to fit both Seminyak and Ubud into your Bali backpacking itinerary. 

However, if for some reason you can’t, this blog is designed to help you decide which destination is a better fit for you.

So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and keep reading to uncover where to stay between Seminyak or Ubud Bali…

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Seminyak or Ubud Bali: The Ultimate Breakdown


The location of Seminyak and Ubud is one of the major differences between these two stunning Bali destinations.

  • Ubud is located about one hour away from Seminyak, further inland from the coast and higher up in the mountains.
  • Seminyak is basically a mini beachside concrete jungle, and Ubud is the jungle.

Keep in mind that Ubud has slightly cooler temperatures than the coastal destinations around Bali. However, this is not a major difference so don’t worry about packing any heavy clothing. A light jacket will suffice.

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There’s a huge comparison when it comes to Seminyak or Ubud scenery.

First of all, as we know, Seminyak is located pretty much along the coast of Bali, whereas Ubud is located further inland and higher in the mountains.

Seminyak is not the most exquisite place for scenery, but being along the coast, Seminyak does offer some pretty special beach views and an unforgettable sunset.

In Ubud you will find rice terraces in every direction you turn, waterfalls every few miles, and lots and lots of monkeys!

The serenity in Ubud is unreal. There’s nothing like waking up to the sounds of the birds chirping, stepping out onto your balcony and overlooking the misty rice terraces while you eat your freshly made breakfast.

It’s clear that any nature lover will 100% choose Ubud over Seminyak, but if you’re more into the beach, getting wined and dined, and shopping, Seminyak may be better for you.

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Another huge distinguishable factor when it comes to staying in Seminyak or Ubud Bali is the different types of activities offered in both destinations.

In Seminyak, your choices for activities include shopping, dining, going out to nightclubs and beach clubs.

Click here for all the best things to do in Seminyak!

While there are most definitely no beach clubs in Ubud, your activities include visiting the rice terraces, the monkey forest, chasing waterfalls, and just basking in the tranquility.

Here is a shortlist of some of the best things to do in Ubud:

Be sure to keep these differences in mind when deciding whether to stay in Seminyak or Ubud Bali.

Obviously, if you’re after someplace that is the very definition of serene, Ubud will be your number one choice for where to stay in Bali.

On the other hand, if you’re after a bit of hustle and bustle, Seminyak is your guy.

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The nightlife is another huge factor when it comes to Seminyak vs Ubud.

To put it bluntly, there is no nightlife in Ubud.

Seminyak, however, is popping with all the best bars and nightclubs in Bali. The choices for nighttime antics are pretty much infinite in Seminyak.

Whether you’re wanting something lowkey or one of the wildest nights of your Bali backpacking trip, Seminyak has got it.

For our guide on the best bars and nightclubs in Seminyak, click here.

The extent of Ubud’s nightlife is grabbing a few drinks at the restaurant you’re having dinner at, and nothing too much crazier than that, so don’t go to Ubud if your main priority is partying.

If you’re planning on staying in both Seminyak and Ubud during your Bali backpacking trip, Ubud is the perfect place to unwind and relax after having a few crazy nights out in Seminyak.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Far Is Ubud From Seminyak?

The drive from Ubud to Seminyak is about 32 kilometers and takes around one hour.


What Are The Best Things To Do In Ubud At Night?

Like we mentioned above, Ubud is not a huge place for night antics and is more about relaxing, getting a good night’s rest, and waking up bright and early to conquer the day of exciting adventures you’ll have in Ubud.

In saying that, one of the best things to do in Ubud at night is to watch the traditional Balinese dances at 7pm in town!

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Is Ubud safe at night?

Ubud is a very safe place to be! It’s not as busy as Seminyak is at night because there is no nightlife going on in Ubud, but you’ll see a mix of locals and tourists walking the streets, going into boutique shops, eating from the vendors off the street and just going for a leisurely stroll.

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Is Seminyak safe at night?

Seminyak is usually quite busy at night, so yes, I’d say it’s quite safe and I honestly never felt like I was in danger there.

Most of the bars and nightclubs in Seminyak are all located on one strip, so you won’t need to go down any sketchy streets or alleyways to get to where you need to go.

Although Seminyak is considered safe, like any place, it’s probably wise to stick to the streets that are busier rather than the quieter ones especially if you’re alone.

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Final Verdict | Seminyak Or Ubud

There really is no winner here. Seminyak and Ubud are both so incredible in their own ways, and to be honest, they are so different that they don’t even compare.

Just to recap this entire blog in one sentence, Seminyak is good for the travelers who are keen to party, shop, go to beach clubs, and dine at some boujee restaurants, whereas Ubud is the place for travelers who really love nature and want to relax and take in the serenity that makes Ubud what it is.

In my eyes, if you have the time during your Bali backpacking trip to stay in both Seminyak and Ubud, do it without thinking twice.

Both destinations are stunning for entirely different reasons and you need to see both.

So I guess there’s not a clear answer on which is better out of Seminyak or Ubud… the answer is to stay in both Seminyak AND Ubud Bali.

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