Are you coming from a cold place and you want to go somewhere warm? Pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, and converse and go on a plane to the Island of Gods. With its diverse landscape, colorful ceremonies, friendly people, and exciting nightlife, Bali sure grows on you.
BALI IS CALLING FOR YOU
Rent a motorbike and go for a ride across the island. You get the best from the island if you explore it by bike. This Hindu island is known for having a lot of temples. Around every corner, you can run into some Hindu shrines and temples or into some ceremonies because of which the streets can get closed for few minutes. Be prepared to see a lot of offering everywhere.
The best 10 things you must see and do:
Take a tour to Aling-Aling waterfall, where you can slide down the waterfall and jump of 30 meters high cliff, under the surveillance of professional guides. Take your time and chill in the fresh water for a while.
When you go to Ubud, don’t forget to go hang out with monkeys in the Monkey Forest. Some spots there can be a little bit creepy since this is also a sanctuary.
While visiting Ubud, take a trip from there north, to the Tagalang Rice Terrace. Since Bali is full of rice fields, those terraces are something you must see. Go for dinner in a restaurant with a view on terraces. You won’t regret it.
Bali ZOO and Blanco Museum go for me personally hand in hand. First, you take a walk through the Bali ZOO to observe the beauty of animals. Then, while still in the animal mood, take a tour through Blanco Museum. The first thing that will catch your eye there will be the chickens running freely in front of the museum and all kinds of birds around. You can even take a picture with some parrots put on your shoulder and in your hand.
Pura Goa Lawah or “The Bat Cave” in Klungklung where you can observe thousands of bets. If you go there in the evening, when it starts to get dark, you can watch bats leaving the cave behind the temple. This area is not that touristy, so you won’t have to deal with too big of a crowd. It can happen, that you’ll be the only tourist there.
Goa Gajah or “The Elephant Cave” has sadly no elephants walking around, but it has this peaceful space in the cave, intended for meditation. Outside of the cave, you can find a purifying pool.
Uluwatu temple is the sea temple, build on a cliff edge. It’s kind of a huge complex, surrounded by forest with monkeys that live in it.
Pura Gunung Kawi or “Valley of the kings” is a historian place of the kings, where the woman had no entry. Through the magnificent green temple complex leads a walkway with hundreds of steps surrounded by archaeological sights and foresty nature.
Pura Tanah Lot, the most popular temple in Bali. This is the temple you mustn’t leave out, just because of its popularity. This is the temple you see on most of Bali’s postcards, pictures of Bali, etc. Be prepared for a crowd of people wanting to see this iconic temple.
Watch beautiful sunsets every evening and surf all the time if you’re a surfer or if you want to be.
FOOD… OM NOM NOM
Local food is the yummy food. Indofood is simply the best. Don’t be afraid to try what the island has to offer. Go eat in warungs. Sit down for the tasty cup of Bali coffee and enjoy fruity juices of all kind.
NEED A PLACE TO STAY?
Before you arrive on this magnificent island, rent a room for two to three days, so you get adjusted to the time difference and the moist climate. After that just hit the streets and look for rooms to rent or hostels. You have more options then on the internet, and you can negotiate on the price.
What area you want to stay in depends on your taste. If you’re into crowded touristy, party area, then Kuta is your place to be. Hipster and surfer style tourists will feel more comfortable in Canggu. Seminyak is more for people between those two styles. Sanur is suitable for a family vacation with its family-friendly atmosphere. For yoga and vegan-lifestyle lovers is Ubud simply the best choice. Fishers and divers will find their place in Amed. If you prefer a peaceful area with black volcanic sand and coral reefs, go to Lovina.
Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, and Canggu offer a wide range of clubs, bars, beach clubs. The nightlife in this areas is really active. Go for a really loud DJ party in SkyDome Club in Legian or Jenja in Seminyak. Student-like parties happen in La Favela in Seminyak. Party by the beach in beach clubs like Potato Head or Ku De Ta in Seminyak, or go to Jimbaran to party in the Bech Club there. Bars like Old Man’s in Canggu offer not only excellent parties but also live music from local musicians. For a bit more freestyle, go to Pretty Poison, a bar with its own skatepark.
And there’s much more of everything.
“Life, religion and art all converge in Bali. They have no word in their language for ‘artist’ or ‘art.’ Everyone is an artist.”