Bali is a popular world destination for over years now. In other words, Bali was announced for one of the best islands in the world. With its culture, spirit, food, and dreamy jungle homestays, for sure comes on the top of every bucket list.
YOUR DREAMY STAY: RESORTS, VILLAS, TREE HOUSES… YOU NAME IT!
You can stay in nice cozy places where all dreams of stays can come true. It was hard to choose the villa or resort we wanted to stay in every time. However, I was the happiest girl when I saw Sari village in Ubud with my own eyes. Wooden houses with big windows, the bathroom with an open shower, and a big terrace. While enjoying quiet mornings with the birds singing in the background, they serve us delicious breakfast on our terrace. This is a romantic jungle stay in the spiritual Ubud.
Best things in UBUD
Ubud is a real heaven for all people who like meditation, yoga, and spiritual events. What is more, Ubud is a place where you can experience Balinese culture, full streets of tourists and all kinds of delicious food. It is a small city where everybody can satisfy their wishes; likewise it is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. From fancy romantic restaurants to traditional warungs.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
The most touristic terraces in the Ubud. This is a traditional Balinese irrigation system known as “subak”. Rice is a staple food in Bali, so nobody imagines life without the rice. No food is served without the rice as well!
If you want to visit the Tegalalang rice terraces, I suggest visiting early in the morning so that you can avoid the heat and crowds. Most importantly, it is so peaceful. Famous different Bali signs are everywhere. They offer a lot of swings as well to take good photos (the prices vary from expensive to really cheap, if you negotiate).
Jatiluwih Rice terraces are another terraces you can also visit if you have a lot of time. We drove all around Bali so we just skipped these ones.
Campuan Ridge Walk
It is shown as one of the best walks in the Ubud area. You can do it for sunrise or sunset, the choice is yours. We did it for sunset. The walking through greenish hills, meanwhile you can hear the river flowing down in the valley. The path becomes serpentine at some point. It is a really nice scenery with all nature around you and where you can develop your photo skills.
Tirta Empul Temple
Bali is known for its temples. Tirta Empul Temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple. The temple consists of bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification. Not just local people, a lot of tourists from all around the world come here in the temple bathing in holy water.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Beratan Temple known as Lake temple near Bedugul is surrounded by lush green mountains all around. Hindu Ulun Danu temple is situated in the middle of the lake with its very beautiful and charming relaxing place invite all the people from around the world. The temple area is huge and decorated with beautiful gardens and many flowers. You can hire a speed boat to enjoy time on the lake. The entry fee is 75,000 RP per person.
Also called the elephant cave, it is situated near the Elephant river. The main temple was built in the middle of the 14th century. Goa Gajah was listed as a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Actually the cave is pretty small. You enter through the dark and narrow passage and the cave abruptly ends in an intersection.
On the way, we stopped to GIANYAR MARKET by recommendation famous food blogger Mark Wiens. There’s a variety of traditional snacks and cuisine available from vendors along the town’s main strip of Jalan Ngurah Rai. It was not so busy at around 3 p.m. while they were just starting.
There are two monkey forests, where you will enjoy the wild playful Balinese monkeys. CHECK IT HERE!
When in Bali… go and watch Balinese dance! We watched SPIRIT OF THE WOMEN – RAMAYANA BALLET performance with instrumental music. Balinese dance is inseparable from religion. Before performing, many dancers pray at their family shrines, appealing for holy “taksu” (inspiration) from the gods. One of the famous performances is also KECAC FIRE performance.
What else you can not miss in UBUD is relaxing in the SPA. Go and get some massage or go to the yoga studio. This kind of activity renews your body and soul. There are so many studios around every corner. The prices for massage vary from 120.000 – 150.000 RP.
KUTA AND ULUWATU TEMPLE
The first touch with Bali was Kuta beach. It is situated near Bali International Airport, that’s why a lot of us stopped first there. Kuta is best known for surfing. And guess what, I tried to surf for the first time in my life and I loved it! The surf lesson cost 300.000 RP. There are so many providers of surf lessons; we choose UP2YOU.
What’s more, Kuta is a paradise for shopping addicts. So many shopping centers and local souvenirs that you will find here, you won’t find anywhere else in Bali for sure. And local food, you just need to try delicious homemade dishes!
When you walk around the Kuta beach, you will notice big walls design with Balinese architecture which was built in 2011. This wall has 2 meters high and builds along the seashore line to block the sand which was blown away by the wind and hit the restaurant or cafe on the opposite side of Kuta Beach Bali. It is really impressive. While Kuta beach is perfect for watching the sunset, on the other side Sanur beach is perfect for watching the sunrise.
Sanur beach was calmer than Kuta beach, really nice for a night walk. The morning we spend on the beach, laying and reading a book because it was low tide. For lunch, we choose the warung recommended by Mark Wiens. You can see local ladies serve the food with hands. More, all Indonesian people respect food and eat it with hands as well! A simple warung called Nasi Ayam Men Weti should be on bucket list on this trip. As the queue is pretty long, you should be there early.
This is what you call the real Balinese cuisine! The dish is with shredded chicken, crispy skin, mixed green salad, boiled egg, chopped coconut salad, fried chopped chili, and tomato sambal! A vegetarian option with tofu is available as well!
The first day we rented a scooter and drove from Kuta beach to Uluwatu temple. One of the most famous attractions in the south Bali welcomes you with all his majesty setting on the top of the cliff bank. Measure around 100 meters above the sea level facing the Indian Ocean is picture-perfect for sunset and good photos.
Uluwatu temple actually means, a holy site built on the tip of the rock.
Another beach that is famous is Seminyak beach. We found a great place to eat, to go home a little. The restaurant is called Balkan Grill! Otherwise, Seminyak is full of restaurants, private villas, and a nice path to go with bicycles.
- Instead of PURA PENATARAN AGUNG LEMPUYANG take a photo somewhere else!
Instead of waiting for picture-perfect in Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang in Karangasem, check other Gates! My photo was made in front of the Balinese gate to Handara (The pathway to serenity).
2. Instead of the hike on Batur mountain, book a plane ticket and land on the island of Java, where are 45 active volcanoes!
Everywhere you can enjoy pretty spectacular scenery and well worth a visit. Check my visit on Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.
3. For stomack problems, the rice and guava juice are the best solution!
If I would visit Bali again, the answer is DEFINITELY YES!