Despite being such a small island, Bali is packed with so many beautiful areas and awesome experiences – and it’s one of my favorite places to visit in the world.
What I love the most about Bali is how much cultural heritage they have, their colorful traditions and celebrations that seem to happen pretty much every day.
I’m not lying, almost every day we were told that there was a religious celebration going on in some part of the island that we should go and see – if you haven’t visit Indonesia yet, get a plane ticket and book a hotel on Expedia to enjoy all this amazing destination has to offer.
Here are our favorite places in Bali:
After the movie ”Eat Pray Love” it’s probably quite busy in this little town in the middle of the island, but even before that movie, Ubud was popular for a very good reason: it’s the artistic hub of Bali.
Surrounded by rice paddies (which for the record you have to see – they’re beautiful!), this town was originally important as a source of medicinal herbs and plants, which is perhaps the reason why there are so many detox- and spa centers there.
If you have a few days to spare I’d really recommend trying a detox program, it totally goes with the spirit and vibe of Bali, and it’s so much cheaper than in the West. In fact it might be cheaper even when including the cost of cheap flights to Bali, than a detox would at home.
Today Ubud is also known for the abundance of art and crafts sold there, and it’s a great place to base yourself when doing day trips to the nearby villages.
Amed is perhaps one of the trickiest places in Bali to reach. This can also be seen as a good thing, as there are pretty much NO tourists there, yet it’s the perfect place to go snorkeling or diving, find empty beaches and, for those who want to feel like they’re in the middle of nowhere – Amed is prefect.
A short moped ride away from Candidasa, you’ll find Tenganan village, one of the ancient villages where the native Balinese people live.
Here houses and customs are the same as they always have been, and apart from showing a few tourists around the village, inside their homes, and sharing their rare craft and art – things go on as normal.
This temple is unique because it’s located in such a beautiful location.
It’s a temple on a rock, surrounded by water and when the tide is high it’s actually inaccessible, even by boat because of the rocks.
The best time to visit is when there is an event or celebration going on.
It is definitely a highlight to check out the Balinese celebrations, where the locals dress up in beautiful traditional costumes, sing, dance, and carry large plates of food on their heads to sacrifice to the gods.
A good time to visit is May, as there are no school holidays in Australia, it’s not a high season for tourists and we’ve found some really cheap international flights to Bali around that time.
What are your favorite places to visit in Bali?