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Island of the Gods

Overview

Bali has everything you look for in a tourist destination – splendid beaches, magical temples, lush greenery, and an artistic vibe. But beyond all that, tourists remain to love Bali because of its amiable people and rich culture. With over 17,000 islands in Indonesia, Bali maintains its position at the top without even having to compete for it.

Bali Things To Do and See

Bicycle through the rice fields 

Ever had that experience as a kid of biking around, untroubled and stress-free? Relive that beautiful moment while gazing through the wonderful scenery that rural Bali offers. The best thing about strolling around in a bicycle is being able to make occasional pit stops to either relish the moment or capture it through your camera. 

For a more memorable experience, you can visit a traditional village along the way and feel a warm welcome by the locals to their humble yet precious abode.  

Climb Mount Batur for Sunrise 

For the more daring person in you, climb Mount Batur to enjoy the view of sunrise. The trek takes approximately two hours on average, so be sure that you pack all the necessary stuff and gear yourself with the proper attire. 

Atop is a caldera with a generous area, offering spaces as ideal vantage points to enjoy the view at its best. While being there, don’t forget to experience boiling an egg from a natural hot spring. It’s fun and perfect to solve your hunger from all that hiking. 

Tour hack: Hire a guide, so you can make the most of this adventure. 

Mount Batur, Bali, Indonesia  Photo by BaliBuddies.com
Mount Batur, Bali, Indonesia Photo by BaliBuddies.com

Join a Cooking Class 

Indonesian cooking is certainly one of the most well-preserved in the culinary sphere. To maintain this, cooking classes are offered in all destination districts around Bali. But relax, you don’t need prior experience to take part and enjoy this activity. 

The best thing about this is that it immerses you into the whole process of gathering ingredients from the local market, or even from the cooking school’s herb garden itself. Through this, you get to discover and learn about a wide variety of local spices and produce used to create authentic Balinese cuisine. Satay lilit (made from fish, minced meat, grated coconut, and special spices), urab (traditional Balinese salad), and sambal matah (chili sauce, Balinese style) are among the usual ingredients that Balinese cooking requires. 

Since it’s a cooking class, expect an informative and fun exchange of insights from teachers and fellow students alike. To complete the whole experience, you get to share and eat each other’s dish at the end. Now doesn’t that sound worth your while? 

Visit Uluwatu Temple and Take Delight in Jimbaran’s Sunset

Indulge in Bali’s cultural and religious scene by visiting the Uluwatu temple. It is a Balinese Hindu sea temple, considered as the sixth holiest place of worship in Bali. A Kecak dance performance based on the Ramayana takes place every day at 6 PM with the beautiful sunset in the background. 

However, monkeys inhabit the temple and are notorious for stealing sunglasses, cameras, or flip-flops. So be careful with your belongings when visiting the said temple.

If you want to focus solely on appreciating Bali’s sunset, you can go to Jimbaran where tourists usually flock for the best view of the setting sun.

Ubud Day Tour 

Your Bali vacation can never be complete without hopping on a tour around Ubud. There are many spots to visit and activities to do. The full itinerary includes checking out the Monkey Forest and three other temples namely: Ulun Danu Bratan Temple by the lake, Tanah Lot Temple by the sea, and the Luhur Batukaru Temple, on the slopes of a volcano. 

Canang Sari (offering) in Ubud, Bali photo by balibuddies.com
Canang Sari (offering) in Ubud, Bali photo by balibuddies.com

You will also go to see the vast rice fields and learn more about the irrigation system that Bali utilizes. All these and other places that you will love with some insiders and fun facts from your tour guide. 

Bali Nightlife

From discotheques to beach clubs, Bali offers a promising scene for party-lovers. Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu are the famous districts with a bustling nightlife. The festive atmosphere comes alive once the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. 

To create dynamics from the usual crazy dancing, some clubs offer varied nightly live entertainment like foam parties, live percussion, fashion shows, go-go dancers, and drag queens owning not only the stage but also the partying crowd. Bali nightlife is definitely something you shouldn’t miss!

Bali Nightlife photo by BaliBuddies.com
Bali Nightlife photo by BaliBuddies.com

Bali Food

No matter what your preference is, street food or fine dining, Western or Balinese, or fusion cuisine, Bali has it all. Quench your hunger and your cravings through the exquisite set of food that Bali boasts. For seafood lovers, you may dine in by the Jimbaran beach to relish on the captivating sunset while enjoying a fresh and sumptuous dish of seafood. Doesn’t this make your mouth water?  

Poolside snack in Bali photo by BaliBuddies.com
Poolside snack in Bali photo by BaliBuddies.com

Bali Costs

Bali is for you no matter how tight or lavish your budget is. With so many choices of accommodation, restaurants, and activities, you can surely design your Bali vacation within the limits of your wallet. 

Your vacation home place is usually the first one that you think of. To ensure a pleasant stay, choose only the best. 

Bali offers award-winning villa accommodations villas for every budget, including breakfast. There are 3 to 14 bedroom accommodations, suitable for families or groups of friends. Recognized as having some of the best villas across in the world, you will surely get top-tier customer service and even a butler exclusively catering to your needs if you like.

Villa Yasmine Jimbaran in Bali
Villa Yasmine Jimbaran in Bali

Bali Safety

But with all the excitement that you are feeling, you still can’t stop to pause and ask, “Is Bali safe?” Yes, Bali is a safe place to travel. But look out for pickpockets, thieves, and ATM scams. Apart from that, Bali is generally out of harm’s way even for a female solo traveler. 

Villa Nelayan Canggu in Bali
Villa Nelayan Canggu in Bali

Sun, sand, and sea – wherever it is, Bali promises a breathtaking view and encounter

So don’t let its size fool you because despite being relatively small, it holds activities and experiences huge enough to satisfy the traveler in you. Undeniably, Bali deserves a remarkable spot in your travel list.

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