An ancient civilization thriving in modern times, Bali, Indonesia is an experience that no traveler should miss. From snorkeling at Menjangan Island to soaking in the pulsating nightlife at Seminyak, Bali is much more than just sand and surf.
It has breathtaking accommodations in stunning locations along with hidden treasures that no travel book knows. In other words, it is pure self-indulgence at an extremely affordable price tag.
However, planning a trip that maximizes your experience can be quite a challenge and this Southeast Asian destination is no different. So here’s our list of top things to do in Bali, Indonesia.
Mount Batur Bali Sunrise Trekking
An early morning trek to Mount Batur Volcano, a mountain sacred to Hindus, is one of the top things to do in Bali. Catch the sunrise from the top of this active volcano. The beautiful lake Batur in the background further adds to the spectacular view.
You also get to enjoy breakfast cooked in the natural heat of the volcano. Don’t forget to take your camera along for the breathtaking photo ops it offers.
Kecak and Fire Dance at Uluwatu Temple
One of the six key temples, Uluwatu temple is nestled on the edge of a cliff with a sharp drop straight to the deep-sea.
It boasts of the perfect sunset backdrops as it overlooks the splendid Indian Ocean. Marvel in the temple’s ancient Balinese architect while you catch the daily Kecak dance performance.
Dance Performance at Ubud Royal Palace
If you’re an art and culture buff, this is one of the best things for you to do in Bali. Grab a seat at the Ubud Royal Palace or any one of the artistic centers in Bali’s cultural heart, Ubud. Catch the shadow puppet show or the elaborate fire dance Kecak.
Watch Ramayana, a Hindu epic enacted by locals in colorful costumes using local musical instruments. But go early as the seats get filled fast!
Nightlife Seminyak Beach Bali Indonesia
If it’s the hustle and bustle that you crave, Seminyak is your ‘go-to’ place. High-end villas, spas to pulsating nightclubs and bars you find it all, at this Bali beach resort area.
Enjoy the sunsets, hanging at one of the sleek bars and clubs, that line up the Seminyak beach. The shoreline with gray sand has good surfing conditions too.
Snorkeling Menjangan Island
Nature lovers this should easily make it to your things to do in Bali list. The small island of Menjangan has one of the best-preserved coral reefs in the area. The hectares of colorful coral reef gardens make it a snorkeler’s paradise.
You also can spot a deer taking a bath at the beach, as this protected marine reserve is inhabited by deer. In fact, the literal meaning of “Menjangan” is “Deer”.
Visit Sangeh Monkey Forest Ubud
A natural reserve with a Hindu temple complex in it, the Ubud Monkey Forest attracts around 10000 tourists in a month. Enjoy the natural surroundings while you spot many Balinese macaques monkeys.
Just remember to treat them with respect. They are as sacred for the Hindus as the forest itself.
Visit Ulun Danu Temple
Located on Beratan Lake this temple is famous for its picturesque location. One of the significant temples of Bali, it looks like floating on water. The reflective surface of the lake surrounding most of the temple’s base creates this illusion. A must-add to your things to in Bali list.
Best Shopping in Bali
With practical items like handmade baskets to stunning showpieces like carved statues, Bali is an excellent place to pick stuff for your home as well as friends.
The entire island is covered in tiny shops, markets, and malls. The Sukawati Market is the spot to pick great bargains along with the Ubud Main Market.
Some villages to keep in mind while shopping are – Mas for its furniture and Celuk for the jewelry. For masks, wooden artifacts and small presents, check out the Geneva Handicraft store at Kerobokan.
The cultural extravaganza, fantastic landscape, and delicious meals fill you only with happy memories. So give yourself the well-deserved break and book your tickets to history, shopping and spoil yourself silly!
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