“Bali’s rich culture plays out all levels of life. Great beaches, world-class surfing, superb dining and stunning sunsets.” – Lonely Planet Bali Guidebook
There is probably nothing more to add as this description is on point to what Bali is about. I have stayed here for 10 days in total and I love it so far! … Even though my trip to Bali didn’t start very well. I almost missed the flight from Kuala Lumpur and when I finally arrived, I had my very first customs and drug test EVER! I had to put every single piece of clothing out of my backpack which was not even funny. I mean I knew, for sure, that I don’t have anything to worry about but it seemed like they really wanted to find something. Honestly – even though it wouldn’t have been my fault – anyone could have put something into my luggage and THAT fact worried me a little. This process took me a very long two hours!
Anyway, beside of this faux pas I enjoyed Bali on every single day:
Is located in central Bali and has a wonderful landscape in and around the village. I spent there 3 nights which was definitely enough for me to see everything I wanted. If you are going to visit Bali soon, you shouldn’t miss Ubud. Some of my recommendable highlights were the rice paddys, sun-rise volcano hike to Mt. Batur and my very first Yoga class EVER! I would never have expected that yoga can be so enjoyable and relaxing. Especially the class itself (in the middle of Ubud’s jungle and rice paddys) was unbelievable. Apart from that, I had my first Vegetarian Burger ever. How did that happen? I didn’t know that there won’t be any meat in the burger but when I realized it while eating, I honestly really enjoyed it 😛
Is one of the 3 very popular islands, located around 2 hours (boat trip) from Bali. In my opinion, probably a must see if you go to Bali in the future. Beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets and incredible snorkelling adventures is what you will find on Gili. I have never seen so many colourful fishes and real wild turtles while snorkelling before. Turtles are one of the eldest living animals on earth. So imagine swimming right next to an animate being who maybe lived through both WWI and WWII or even longer! In Gili Trawangan I also played football for my first time again after almost 2 months. I went for a run through the island and found a football pitch where the locals played a quite serious, but friendly game. I stopped there and asked them how long they are playing and after a small conversation they immediately invited me to play for there team in the second half. What an experience! I even got my own football jersey from the team 🙂 And to be honest, those Indonesians played farely good. They had so much more energy and it was super exhausting for me as I’m not used to play at 35°C.
Is a small and quiet part in the south of Bali. I stay there for my last days and I love it so far. It’s a great and actually pretty famous place to surf. Unfortunately, I haven’t got enough time for a surfing school but it’s pretty expensive anyway. However, I even enjoy just watching people riding on such huge waves.
Some highlights you shouldn’t miss if you are going to Uluwatu are the Uluwatu Cliff Temple, hanging out at the famous Single Fin Bar, renting a scooter and riding along the coast and checking out the infinity pool at Klappa Hotel over Dreamland Beach. If you don’t want to pay more than 100 USD per night, you can just go there during the day and pay around 8 USD entrance fee to go there, although you can use the money for food and drinks at the restaurant. I would definitely recommend visiting this place once!
I hope I could give you a little overview about some beautiful parts of Bali and I would definitely recommend you to visit it once. Now I’m looking forward to my last day here and my upcoming adventure. Singapore next – Sydney soon. If you want to see more pictures of my travels – join me on https://www.facebook.com/luke4austria/ 🙂
All the best,