How to Ride the Ubud Swing at Zen Hideaway

Approximately 30 minutes outside of Ubud, Bali, past verdant rice paddies and ornately carved stone temples, an unassuming hilly village called Bongkasa is drawing tourists with one very specific attraction—a swing that soars over a dense jungle of palm trees.

Although there’s an officially operated swing further down the road, people in the know pay a little more money (IDR250,000 instead of IDR60,000, which is roughly $18 / £14) for 30 minutes on the private one at Zen Hideaway—a popular Airbnb property with a Japanese architectural aesthetic.

The 150-year-old teak house, partially open to views of the Ayung River Valley below, is occupied most of the year, but allots a couple of hours between guests for private swing sessions. To book, send an enquiry through Airbnb, tell them you want to swing and they’ll send you date options.

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There isn’t a clear address per se, so use Google maps to find Zen Hideaway (failing that, follow signs for nearby Puri Rafting, then look for two symmetrical wooden doors opposite a small shop) and, if you can, show up early to check-in with the housekeepers. The owners normally take five or more bookings for the same 12 p.m. time slot, so late arrivers could be waiting more than an hour and a half for their turn on the swing.

Also, your entire party gets 30 minutes to play, whether there are two or 20 of you, so be strategic with your time to make sure everybody gets a turn. Strung from two towering palms, the swing sends unharnessed riders flying over a vertical drop that descends to river rapids below—a rush the owners admit “is not the safest thing on Earth”, which is why you’ll be asked to sign a waiver beforehand. Just hold on tight and think of the Instagram likes!