Best Places To Visit In Bali Indonesia

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.

Best Places To Visit In Bali Indonesia


Best Places To Visit In Bali Indonesia

Best Places To Visit In Bali Indonesia

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.

Tenganan Village

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.

Tanah Lot

There are way too many temples in Bali to count, but if you can only visit one temple, make sure it’s Tanah Lot.

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?

13 Responses to Best Places To Visit In Bali Indonesia

  1. TotalTravelBug August 18, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Great list. Would have to add Nusa Lembongan to it. Gorgeous little island and great for diving and seeing Manta Rays too.

    • Sofia - As We Travel August 19, 2011 at 11:28 am #

      We never went there, sounds amazing, thanks for adding!

  2. Destination Terre August 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    I thought about going to Ubud but after reading the book, hum, wondering if I would still like it… too many tourists maybe?  i don’t know, i’ll have to think about it even if it sounds so beautiful…

    • Sofia - As We Travel August 19, 2011 at 11:35 am #

      Go there outside the peak season and I’m sure it will be fine 😉

    • Sofia - As We Travel August 19, 2011 at 11:35 am #

      Go there outside the peak season and I’m sure it will be fine 😉

  3. Anonymous August 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    Can’t wait to get to Bali!

  4. Vira August 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    my favorite places in Bali so far are Ubud, Amed, and Candidasa. But I still plan to explore more of Bali in the future. The fascination just never ends, it’s a magical island!

  5. Andymaclean November 3, 2011 at 12:28 am #

    Padangbai the little harbour town is really cool. Stayed there for a couple days, great seafood, a couple of little drinking shacks (at least 10 years ago) then caught the ferry to Lombok which I actually prefer to Bali (less developed).

  6. xouman November 10, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Has anyone been there in january/february (dry seasson)?? Im planning to be traveling Indonesia in january february and I would like go east in the way to Flores… What do you think?

    • Sofia - As We Travel November 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

      I haven’t been there in jan/feb which is the rainy season for Indonesia, but I’ve heard that Flores is a fairly dry place even during the wet season. 

      The wet season in Indonesia doesn’t necessarily mean that it rains all day long. You will most often see heavy but brief showers in the morning or afternoon, while the rest of the day is fine.

  7. Agata Filiana June 5, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    I’ve been to Bali once to Kuta, Tanjung Benoa and Ubud. Going there again this summer, and Amed sounds like a piece of heaven! Thanks for the recommendation, will definitely try to fit it into my trip :)