Are you still looking for a reason to visit Bali? From the beautiful beaches, to the rich culture, to the rolling rice fields, any type of tourist can find something they enjoy about this beautiful island.
Bali sometimes gets a bad reputation of being “too touristy” or “overrated”. But I think it’s because those people are doing Bali wrong. This tiny island has so much to see and do, and so many things not be missed. Here’s three locations I recommend visiting if you are coming to Bali:
- Amed. I simply adore this dive town, with it’s black sand beaches and delicious dining spots. For more on what to do, see and eat in Amed, check out my city guide post.
- West Bali. This region of Bali is often forgotten, but shouldn’t be missed. Home to Bali’s only national park, travelers can experience hiking, snorkeling, and even spot some wild deer. Hotels in the park itself are pricy, but affordable guest houses can be found nearby.
- Ubud/Gianyar. The central heartland of Bali is home to epic rice fields, thundering waterfalls, creative art markets and beautiful temples. Ubud city center is packed full of tourists, but if you get outside into the surrounding areas, you’ll feel transported back in time.
No matter how much time you have in Bali, from 3 days to 3 weeks, here’s a few experiences you must try!
- Eat Balinese Food. The Balinese cuisine is amazing, and a trip to Bali isn’t complete without sampling the local food. Most popular is babi guiling, or a suckling pig. It’s sweet & savory & delicious. Satay lilit is seafood, coconut, and fresh herbs wrapped around a bamboo stick and grilled. Ikan pepes is fresh fish, seasoned and steamed in a banana leaf, combining the dish into a perfect blend of flavors.
- Meet Balinese People. I’m convinced that Balinese people some of the friendliest people in the world. While walking through any part of the island, you’ll be greeted by friendly hellos and warm smiles. Many Balinese are learning English, and are happy to engage in conversation with the passing tourists. But even those that cannot, their eyes and their smiles communicate volumes, especially when returned.
- Observe Balinese ceremonies. The Balinese are devout Hindus, which is evident from the time they wake up in the morning until they sleep. They set out offerings daily, and perform elaborate ceremonies several times a month. They are rich and full of meaning. Pause if you see one happening, and even take a few photos to remember it. But be polite and respectful of the religious event happening in front of you.
Enjoy your time in Bali!
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