8 Best Things To Do In Bali
Bali is one of the top travel destinations for backpackers from all over the world. It offers everything from dream beaches, lush rain forests to cultural temples and party places. There is something for everybody to find. Here is a list of things I enjoyed the most in Bali. There is no order. Everything is great.
Visit a rice field
Rice fields and rice terraces are a must see in Bali and Indonesia. It is so cool to watch the super green rice in the huge fields. You can visit one the many famous rice terraces like Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud. Or you simply have a look around wherever you are on the island and you will find small and bigger rice paddies. You can view them from the streets or go closer on the narrow paths between them. Sometimes you can even have a picture with the local farmer if you ask kindly.
Sunrise trek at Mt Batur
Get up in the middle of the night and make your way to the base at the mountain. When I did this trek I came from Ubud and I got picked up at 2am! But it’s worth it. Have another nap in the car and get ready to climb Mount Batur for 2 hours. It is very chilly on top of the mountain so bring a jacket and the locals guides will heat you up with hot tea. You will have plenty of time to watch the sun rising and take photos from this beautiful scenery.
Stroll along the streets of Ubud
Ubud is one of my favourite places on the island. It is the cultural centre of Bali and many artists call it their home. Expats want to live here because you have everything you need. Ubud has a variety of bars, restaurants and shops but nature and tranquility are not far away. To be fair Ubud is a touristic place but it’s nothing like the busy area around Kuta. I love the little shops where I bought individual postcards or other unique souvenirs. And if this is too much for me I escape to the beautiful rice fields in the middle of the city centre.
Watch the sunset in Canggu
Canggu is the new place to be in Bali. It is located right at the beach and you will find restaurants, beach bars, open green areas and it is a great surfing spot. So once you’re out of the water sit down in one of the bars at the beach and relax with a cool Bintang while watching the sunset.
Go scuba diving
Bali has great under water life and plenty of big and small fish to see. Take a boat to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida to see the huge Manta Rays and weird looking Mola Molas. Head to Tulamben to explore the USAT Liberty wreck and snorkel afterwards and discover thousand of colourful fish.
Visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud
One of the sweetest things to see in Bali are the monkeys. They are so cute, especially the little ones. The Monkey Forest in the centre of Ubud is the best opportunity to watch these cute animals. About 700 monkeys live in the forest park and apart from that you will also see a variety of trees and plants and temples which are important to the local community. Make sure you don’t bring food in the forest because the monkey will know how to get it. That’s why we call them Cheeky Monkeys!
See one of the many beautiful waterfalls
Bali offers great nature attractions everywhere on the island and the impressive waterfalls are one of them. The most popular waterfall is probably GitGit Waterfall in North Bali because it is easily accessible by foot. One of my favourite spot is Les Waterfall. It is easy to get there and the 30m high waterfall is impressive. I also loved the Tukad Cepung Waterfall near Ubud and Aling Aling Waterfall near Lovina in the north.
Party hard in Kuta
There are very different opinions about Kuta. People either love it or hate it. To be honest it is a crazy place with thousand of tourists and even more locals who try to sell you everything from clothes to mushrooms. But hey, we are backpackers and we love to party. Kuta is the place to be for nightlife, dancing and going out. If you want you can have fun from the morning till the next sunrise. There are hundreds of bars and clubs to choose from. Some of my favourites are the Sky Garden (Yes Sky Garden! Where else do you have free flow drinks and food for just 115k?), Eikon and Engine Room. They are close to each other on Jalan Legian. Go and check them all out!
What is your favourite place in Bali? Are you a nature lover or a party queen? Leave a comment and let others know about more places to be and see in Bali.