Widely regarded as a tropical paradise, Bali is the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia. Whether you are planning a family vacation or embarking on solo travel, Bali is a sanctuary for discovery and relaxation. Coined the ‘Island of Gods’, expect breathtaking views including endless pristine beaches, terraced paddy fields, volcanic mountains and spectacular sunsets. Beyond nature’s splendour, be captivated by Bali’s rich cultural heritage that focuses on deep spiritual connection and healing. Religious celebrations and temple rituals are commonplace throughout the island.
There are many places to visit in Bali. Take a trip to Ubud, Bali’s spiritual centre steeped in history and its flourishing arts scene, and immerse yourself in the richness of Balinese culture. Ubud is home to a treasure trove of museums and art work such as woodcarvings by skilled artisans. Have a taste of their local cuisine, the local Babi Guling, also known as roast suckling pig, at Ibu Oka. Visit Bebek Bengil, the famed ‘Dirty Duck Diner’, for their original crispy duck.
Near Ubud, try white water rafting at the Ayung River. Apart from paddling down the river, discovering concealed waterfalls and a thrilling drop towards the end of your rafting journey, head to the Bali Elephant Camp to do elephant trekking. This unique experience allows you to enjoy Bali’s scenic views from the back of an elephant.
At Seminyak, one can find high waves ideal for surfing and soft sands for countless beach activities. Popular food places include Made’s Warung for authentic Balinese cuisine. Another food place, Naughty Nuri’s Warung, boasts the best pork ribs, and it has been said that no one should leave Bali without trying them! They opened a branch in Seminyak after its success in Ubud.
Visit Kuta for its renowned water theme park, Waterbom, which features more than 17 exciting water slides and is one of the top attractions in Bali. At nightfall, Kuta transforms into a place throbbing with nightlife with its bars, clubs, and chill-out spots.
Getting around is easy with hired drivers, which is a cheaper and more convenient mode of transportation for groups travelling together. Alternatively, metered taxis are available in Kuta and Seminyak (but not Ubud), and more reputable companies include Bali Taxi with their Bluebird Group cabs. It is also possible to arrange transportation with certain restaurants in South Bali and Ubud, but only for more established ones. Public transport in Bali is inexpensive but unsuitable for long journeys and trips to places off major roads, which might be inaccessible via this mode of transport.
Travelling to Bali is easy with the provision of direct flights by national and international carriers. Many budget airlines offer these flights at low prices, making travel more affordable. Approximate travelling time from Jakarta to Bali is 1.5 hours, 2.5 to 3 hours from Singapore and Perth (Australia), 4.5 hours from Hong Kong, and 5.5 to 6 hours from Sydney or Melbourne. When booking your flight, search “Denpasar (DPS)”, the capital of Bali, for a flight to Ngurah Rai, the name of its international airport.
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