Bali, a place that is on everyone’s bucket list of places to visit. I was fortunate enough to be able to have the opportunity to visit this beautiful island with my wonderful guide, Uncle Budi of Nice Tour Bali (I’ll be writing a separate post about my experience with Nice Tour Bali). We are not actually related, but sitting in a car with one another for a week really forces you to bond.
I spent a week in Bali, which is quite long compared to the average tourist. Unless you’re one of those hardcore backpackers and decides to basically live in Bali, go for it. We had a fairly full itinerary, but there was always a lot of wiggle room based on how we felt that day. The tour guide company created the itinerary but since my aunt has used this company a couple of times we were able to choose the hotels, restaurants, and places to see. I really enjoyed the luxury of having someone drive me everywhere, guiding, and protecting us. Especially since I’ve always had to be kept on my toes while traveling, although it is fun, it can be emotionally and physically draining.
Here are some of the beautiful places I visited while I was in Bali! Side note, I do not know the prices of any of these places since I went through a tour company but also I think prices can vary.
- Kopi luwak: Kopi = coffee, luwak = mongoose.
- Essentially, kopi luwak is a process where the mongoose will eat the coffee cherries and poop it out. The fermentation process occurs while it passes through the intestines.
- Try a variety of coffees and tea flavors that they grow from their gardens.
- Take home souvenirs of tea and coffee flavors.
- Pet a mongoose
- UNESCO World Heritage site
- Hours: 6:00 AM — 7:00 PM
- Contoured rice fields, experience and observe how Balinese rice farmers cultivate rice.
- Be careful of the motorcyclists and drivers, paths can be hilly and narrow.
Tanah Lot Temple:
- One of seven sea temples in Bali.
- Dress code to enter the temple:
- Women: Need to wear a sarong and use a kebaya. Women are not allowed in, if menstruating.
- Men: Need to wear a sarong, shirt, kebaya, and udeng.
- Dress code without entering the temple:
- Women & men: None
- Address: Jl.Raya Tanah Lot, Kawasan Pura Tanah Lot. Beraban Village, Kediri, Beraban 82121
- AKA: Temple on the Cliff
- One of seven sea temples
- Monkeys are notorious for stealing from tourists, but you can trade items like fruit for your items back.
- At 6 PM, kecak, a traditional dance based on the Ramayana, is performed daily on the cliff-side.
- Natural hot spring heated by geothermal activity.
- Good place to relax for the afternoon.
- Facilities: Showers, lockers and keys, and towels.
- Will need to bring swimsuits, shower shoes, and toiletries.
- Does provide accomodations in an exclusive villa or at a camp (you will sleep in tents).
- Fairly basic, nothing great. But the view is nice and it is very relaxing.
- Toya Bungkah, Batur, Kintamani, Bali – Indonesia
- Want insta-worthy photos? Tip the swingers and they will take AMAZING photos.
- Don’t go to other places that say they have swings, this one is the real deal and the one that is often seen on instagram by bloggers.
- Go later in the evening, less people and you can swing more.
- 3 swings ranging in intensities. The one on the far left, is the most intense and I about shit my pants.
- Don’t lean forward, lean back the whole time.
- Wear shoes that won’t slip off or you’ll have to take them off.
- If you wear a skirt or dress, be prepared that you’re going to flash everyone.
Pura Lempuyang Temple:
- Get a tour guide or a taxi to take you up the mountain, driving up the mountain takes a lot of skill. Parking is another story.
- When you enter, people will hand you sarongs to wear. YOU CANNOT TAKE IT OFF ONCE INSIDE.
- To take pictures, tip them for AMAZING photos. But wait in line, do not be that asshole that ruins everyone’s insta-worthy photo.
- On a clearer day, you can see the mountains in between the gates.
Tirta Gangga (Water Palace):
- Former royal palace.
- Main attractions include the 11 tiered tower, the lush gardens, beautiful carvings, statues, and the walkway in the koi pond.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple:
Ayam Betutu khas Gilimanuk Bali – Cibubur.
If you ever want to have a quick taste of death, get this meal. I wish there was a word to describe how spicy this was. Let’s just say, the nuclear ramen challenge is nothing compared to this. After I ate two bites of the chicken, my brain actually shut down (I seriously could not think for 2 minutes), all I could feel were the pain receptors shooting through my body and my taste buds being burnt off my tongue. I drank 3 Tehbotol (10/10 would recommend, it is addicting) to cool down my mouth, followed by putting tissue papers on my tongue.
But damn, that chicken was good. It was a good meal to start off the trip, because every meal following was not spicy at all and Balinese food is spicy as f*ck. Would I eat that again and go through the same pain again? Yes. Why? Because I’m an idiot and it tasted good.
Warung Babi Guling Ubud
God, I have dreams of eating this meal again. I would go back to Bali, purely for this meal. It is delicious, scrumptious, and every other adjective to describe tasty.
This restaurant utilizes every part of the pig and puts it in this meal. This meal is just so damn good, I would eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day if I could.
A unique fact about Bali is that it is one of the few (or only) islands in Indonesia that is not predominantly Muslim. The island is multi-religious, the minorities being Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. The majority would classify under Hinduism. However, the culture and religion is completely unique in that it is a combination of Hinduism and Buddhism. This means that most of the island actually eat pork, unlike the rest of Indonesia.
I highly recommend taking an hour or two out of your evening to experience a Balinese massage and spa. This place is amazing, the prices are extremely cheap and the masseuses’ are incredible. I kid you not, 10 minutes into the massage, I fell asleep.
If you could also try getting a Balinese scrub, get it. My skin felt like a baby’s bottom and I was glowing, physically glowing. I could not stop touching my skin, I’ve never felt my skin that soft and moisturized in my life.
Sedona Spa is in a tricky and difficult to find location. You’ll have to go down this alley and it’ll be straight ahead. Try calling ahead of time to make sure you can be guaranteed a massage. Make sure to tip these lovely ladies (and men), massaging others can be physically draining.
- Location: Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Campuhan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
- Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Very small market on the way to Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple.
- Sells everything that you’ll find in a typical market in Bali.
- Vanilla pods are really famous in Bali, along with frangipani scented items.
- Will have to bargain A LOT.
- Address: Candi Kuning Main Road, Bedugul, Buleleng Regency, Bali
- Hours: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Basically the same thing as Candi Kuning Market except MUCH larger.
- Has more shops and variety of items.
- Multiple levels.
- Right by the Ubud Palace, literally a 3-5 minute walk.
- Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Address: Jalan Raya Ubud main road, opposite the Puri Saren Ubud palace.