Bali Travel Guide– Nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Bali is a 95-mile-wide island which is situated at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands with Java to the west and Lombok to the east.

This gorgeous island is a complete destination where you get to experience magnificent beaches, terraced rice paddies, traditional rich cultures, beautiful temples, volcanic mountains, various adventure activities, nightlife, shopping and much more.

It is difficult to describe the beauty of Bali in words. To fully experience it one has to be a part of it. Sunset at beautiful beaches will take your breath away and a visit to the exotic temples will make you calm and peaceful. 

This guide covers various parts of Bali that will help you decide and plan you’re itinerary accordingly. We also have set by step Bali Itinerary blog for your reference from our trip.

Places to see in North Bali

  1. Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
  2. Kintamani and Mount Batur viewpoint
  3. Gitgit waterfall
  4. Sekumpul waterfall
  5. Air Panas Banjar Hot Spring
  6. Lovina Beach

Places to see in South Bali

  1. Tanah Lot
  2. Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
  3. Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple
  4. South Bali Beaches

Places to see in Central Bali

  1. Goa Gajah Cave
  2. Monkey Forest
  3. Tegenungan Waterfall
  4. Tegalalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
  5. Abian Kusuma Sari Coffee Plantation
  6. Bali Bird and Reptile Park

BALI CULTURE & TRADITIONS- WHAT TO EXPECT

Religion

Despite the fact that most of the places in Indonesia have Muslims in the majority, Bali, on the other hand, follows Hinduism. Around 83.5 % of the Bali population follows Balinese Hinduism. Others are Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam.

Balinese people respect their culture and tradition and they are proud of it. In Bali, wherever you go, you’ll see the temples, rituals, ceremonies, and sacred offerings.

They are very well connected with their beliefs in gods and still manages to protect their original tradition for thousands of years.  

It is also mandatory to wear a sarong for men and women when you enter the temple. 

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Canang Sari- The sacred offering

 The offering is a daily tradition of Balinese people and you can find these offerings in front of shops, homes, temples, on grounds. This is their way of thanking God. Remember not to step on the offerings.

Balinese Dance

Watching Balinese dance will leave you awestruck. They beautifully their culture with dance and music.

The Kecak dance in Uluwatu Temple Amphitheater Jimbaran is one of the best places to enjoy Balinese dance. The other theaters where these dances are performed: Dedan show at the Nusa Dua Theater, Kampoeng Bali at RIMBA Jimbaran, etc.

Languages in Bali 

 There are two languages spoken in Bali. One is the local Balinese language and the other one is Indonesian Bahasa. Places like Ubud, North Bali, and in a village part of Bali, people speak the Balinese language.

On the other hand, people in Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu speak Indonesian Bahasa. Some basic words are:

  • Hello- Swastyastu
  • Thank You- Suksma
  • You’re Welcome- Rahajeng Rauh
  • I’m sorry- Ampura

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HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED FOR BALI?

The average cost for the 7 day trip to Bali will cost anywhere between INR 50,000 to 60,000 including flights, accommodation, hotels, food, and sightseeing.

However, you can easily spend more or less. As compared to other places, Bali is very affordable.  

HOW LONG TO VISIT BALI?

Bali is approximately 5,800 square km in size. Driving from Uluwatu, the southern part of Bali to Ubud, the central part of Bali can take 2-3 hours depending on traffic.

From Ubud to Lovina at Northern Bali, it can take around 3.5 hours- 3 hours drive and again depending on the traffic.

From Seminyak in the west to Sanur in the east, it can take around a 1-hour drive. I have spent 14 days to get a real taste of Bali. So, the answer to this question totally depends on you. 

PROS AND CONS OF BALI

Pros

  • Friendly locals- The Balinese people are very friendly, kind, and they always have a smile on their face. Don’t expect a lot of Balinese people in the streets of Kuta or Seminyak. The streets of these places are full of foreigners. 
  • Food- The varieties of foods available in Bali are incredible. 
  • Cost of living- The cost of living in Bali is low and therefore, it is in a bucket list of every budget travelers.    
  • Its serene beauty- You must have seen the Bali pictures on Instagram, but trust me those are nothing compared to actually visiting Bali. 

Cons 

  • Impact of Tourism- While walking down the streets of Kuta, locals try to sell their stuff, they force you to come to their restaurants, forcing you to take photos with a man in a superhero costume and then threatening you to give money. I find this part of Bali very different from other parts of Bali i.e, Ubud, Singaraja, Lovina, etc. I didn’t find Kuta a real Bali.
  • Pushy local- This is similar to the above-mentioned points. The shopkeepers will force you to visit their shop. This happens with us once in the Ubud street market. We visited a shop and we didn’t find anything interesting. So we left. The lady got angry at us and started throwing tantrums about us. 
  • Traffic- Getting from one place to another in Bali requires a lot of patience. The roads are filled with scooters, cars, and buses. However, north Bali is less crowded than other parts of Bali. 
  • Jam-packed Beaches- The beaches in Kuta were so crowded. Therefore, I just enjoyed the sunset there. 

BALI FOR INDIANS

Bali has become one of the most preferred honey destinations and is continued to be the most popular destination among Indians. The number of Indians arriving in Bali is increasing year after.

There are various reasons why Indians choose Bali as a primary destination and some of them are:

  • Flights from India are frequent and affordable.
  • You do not require a visa for Bali.
  • Availability of low-budget hotels to private villa or resorts
  • The people in Bali are also Hindu and are very friendly, so it makes Indians more comfortable.
  • Indian foods are easily available at various restaurants.

 BALI ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

1. Electricity

The electricity in Bali runs 220V. Bali uses a 2 pin socket. Therefore, you can buy the adaptor before going to Bali but if in any case, you forgot to bring, you can easily buy there at a very cheap price.

However, there are many hotels and private resorts/villas, can provide you if you ask for one. 

2. Internet 

The Internet in Bali is surprisingly very strong and reliable. You will find wifi in every cafes, restaurant, and bar.  

3. Bali Visa Information 

Indonesia provides a free visa for 169 countries and India is one of them. You can travel to Bali without any hassle for up to 30 days.

Therefore, if you’re traveling for tourism purposes for up to 30 days, you do not require a visa.

But, you must provide valid return tickets, a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months, and sufficient funds for your expenses during your stay in Indonesia and get visa exemption Stamps from the immigration counter.  

On the other hand, if you’re planning to visit Bali for up to 60 days, there is an option of visa on arrival where you have to pay an amount of INR 2493 per person.

It is valid for 30 days, however, it can be extended for another 30 days by paying an additional amount of INR 3205.

4. Currency exchanges & scams

Bali is a safe island. However, there are many scams happening in Bali and the money changer scam is one of them. The local currency is the Indonesian rupiah (IDR) which comes in denominations of 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20000, 50,000 and 100,000 which can be very confusing.

Kuta and Seminyak are such places where currency exchange scams happen as they are the touristy areas. Therefore, always look out for authorized money changers.

We went to Bali’s top changer in Seminyak.

If you want, you can convert the currency before going to Bali as well or if you’re okay, you can come with the debit card or credit card as well with little cash. Various restaurants or shopping complexes accept credit cards with a 2-3% surcharge.

There are various ATMs where you can withdraw your money.

There are various factors through which you can which identify the authorized money changers such as: 

  • They have UV light counterfeit detection.
  • They have a sign posted which indicates that you can’t wear helmets, sunglasses, masks or caps.
  • They will do the counting in front of you.

BEST TIME TO VISIT BALI

Although Bali has a tropical climate all throughout the year and can be visited and can be visited anytime, however the best time to visit Bali is from April to October.

Bali in Dry Season 

Summer season is considered to be the dry season and the busiest season in Bali. From April to October, the weather is good and sunny with clear skies. If you’re a beach person this place is a perfect destination for you to visit during these months with less rain on islands, sunny days and the lowest humidity.

In addition to that, summer is the best season to enjoy outdoor activities such as trekking, scuba diving, surfing, cycling, snorkeling, etc. The Bali Arts Festival, which is held in June and July is popular in the country and should not be missed by art lovers.

The Bali Kite Festival is yet another one of the most popular festivals in Bali, where people celebrate the traditional art of Balinese kite making.

Furthermore, Galungan is the most important festival in Bali, where people celebrate the victory of Dharma over Adharma. As it is the busiest time of the year, don’t forget to book your hotels in advance. 

Bali in Wet Season

Bali wet season falls between November to March and there is a lot of humidity in the air. This time of the year, Bali experience rainfall, which restricts o various outdoor activities.

However, you can also enjoy a relaxing spa day and local indoor activities. As these months are the wet season, Bali is less crowded and you may get everything at a lower price.

This is the best time to enjoy white water rafting, jungle trek, and Canyoning. One of the largest yoga festivals, Bali Spirit Festival takes place every year around March/April in Ubud. 

HOW TO REACH BALI FROM INDIA?

 By Air

The cheapest and fastest way to reach Bali from India is by Air. Ngurah Rai International Airport is the main airport in Bali, which is 13 km south of Denpasar and has frequent flights from major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad.

There are no direct flights, therefore, all the airlines have a layover in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Bangkok. If you book your flight tickets 5-6 months in advance, you can get a great deal and discount. Air Asia is considered to be one of the cheapest flights from India.

If you’re on a budget trip I would recommend you to opt for Air Asia, hence I would prefer Malaysian Airlines. 

HOW TO GET AROUND IN BALI? 

In Bali, going from one place to another can take time because of the traffic. There are a lot of options available to get around Bali.

1. Rent a bike or a moped

If you’re comfortable riding a bike or moped, I would recommend you to rent one as it is a cheaper option. It can cost anywhere around IDR 42,000 per day.

However, if you want to travel a longer distance for instance, if you want to travel from Ubud (central Bali) to Singaraja (North Bali) then hire a taxi. 

Things to keep in mind while riding a motorbike or moped:

  • Make sure you get an International driving license
  • Always wear helmet
  • Don’t drink and drive

 2. Use the ride-hailing Apps

Gojek and Grab have become the 2 dominant ride-hailing apps and has become popular in Bali. They are super affordable and easily available.

You just have to install these ride-sharing apps and you’re good to go. Grab app is just like Uber whereas, in Gojek, you can order a ride on a scooter.

3. Hire a Taxi 

Bluebird taxis are the most trustworthy tax services in Bali. They are safe and goes by the meter. Just like Grab, Bluebird has an app that you can download and pay via credit card.

Make sure you don’t get confused by other blue taxis. The bluebird taxis have written Bluebird on them. 

4. Rent a car and a driver

We find it an easy way to get around in Bali as we wanted to move on our own pace. We hire a car and a driver for 10 hours for IDR 5,50,000. You can also hire a car and drive it yourself. Similar to India, Bali is a right-hand drive. 

5. Taking shuttle buses

With tourist shuttle bus services, you can travel from one point to another at a very affordable price. You can buy the tickets from Kura-Kura ticket booths or on the bus. The bus route includes stops in Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Legian, and Sanur.

BALI ATTRACTIONS AND EXPERIENCES

 Attractions in North Bali

1. Ulun Danu Bratan Temple 

Bali is a land of temples and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is one of them. The temple is built in 17th-century and is one of the most popular temples in Bali.

A large number of tourists visit all around the year. Located about 1200 meters above sea level in Lake Beratan, it has the most flawless views north Bali surrounded by natural beauty.

Entrance Fee- 50,000 IDR

Vehicle Parking- Free

Timing- 7:00 Am – 7:00 Pm

ulun danu bratan temple- Bali Travel Guide

2. Kintamani and Mount Batur viewpoint 

If you’re looking for some adventure in Bali, then you must head to Mount Batur which is 1,700 meters above sea level and is situated in Kintamani. Mount Baur is one of the most popular and active volcanoes in Bali and you can take a tour to the top just to get a spectacular view of the sunrise.

The trek usually starts at 4 am and you have to get a guide to go there. The mountain is encircled with the beautiful lake which makes the sunrise even more astonishing.

When you reached the top, the locals serve you the eggs for breakfast boiled in the volcano.  

However, if you can’t trek to the peak, head over to Mount Batur’s viewpoint which is located at the western edge of Mount Batur and mesmerize the beauty of it while sipping a cup of coffee.

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Sunrise at Mount Batur

Kintamani, Mount Batur Volcano Point

Kintamani, Mount Batur Volcano Point

3. Gitgit Waterfall

About 300 meters above sea level, Gitgit waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls and one of the most Instagram worthy places visited by tourists. Gitgit waterfall is located in Gitgit Village, Singaraja and is surrounded by lush green jungle and clove plantation.

Even though this place is a little touristy, the Gitgit waterfall is worth a visit. The Gitgit waterfall consists of 3 waterfalls.  I will take around 15 minutes to reach the waterfall. There are toilets and changing facilities at the base of the waterfall. 

Entry Fee- IDR 20,000

Timing- Open from 7:00 AM

Parking- Free

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4. Sekumpul Waterfall

Locally known as Air Terjun Sekumpul, Sekumpul Waterfall has been yet another most popular waterfall in Bali. There are three ways through which you can enter to Sekumpul waterfall- view only, medium trekking, and long trekking.

In recent times, the entrance fee of the Sekumpul waterfall as been increased to support the local economy, to maintain infrastructure, and to respect local customs. Moreover, it has become mandatory to hire a guide when you’re paying your visit to the waterfall. 

View Only- The “view only” entry fee is IDR 20,000 per person where it allows to see Sekumpul waterfall only

Medium Trekking- The entry fee is IDR 125,000 per person which includes a guide, donation to the local village, and you’’ visit Sekumpul and other hidden waterfalls. 

Long Trekking- The entry fee is IDR 2,00,000 per person which includes a guide, donation to the local village, and you’ll get to visit Sekumpul waterfall, hidden waterfalls, and triple-falls of Fiji waterfall.

5. Air Panas Banjar Hot Spring

Experience a truly Balinese culture by bathing with the locals at Air Panas Banjar Hot spring. Located in the hills of Banjar village, the water of Air Panas Banjar Hot spring is considered as “holy” by locals.

The temperature of the water is 38 degrees Celsius.  It makes the water very pleasant for the relaxation. It gives you water massage and recreational experience.

There are changing rooms where you can change. There are various souvenirs shops and restaurants as well. 

Entry Fee – IDR 5,000

Entry Time- 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Air Panas Banjar Hot Spring- Bali travel guide

6. Lovina Beach

Lovina beach is the primary attraction of North Bali. There are various things you can do at Lovina beach, for instance, watch the sunrise go for snorkeling and diving, etc.

The main attraction at Lovina beach is watching Dolphin. It is popularly known for early-morning boat trips to see the dolphins. 

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Sunrise at Lovina Beach- Bali Travel Guide

Sunrise at Lovina Beach

Attractions in South Bali

1. Tanah Lot

Tanah lot is one of the most iconic temples in Bali located around 20 km northwest of Kuta. The temple is popular because of its unique and amazing seashore setting on a rocky island.

Built-in the 16th century, Tanah lot is one of the most sacred, largest, and holiest Hindu temples for the Balinese people.  

In addition to that, there are a lot of souvenir shops and restaurants to the onshore site. Spend some relaxing time in some of the restaurants watching sunsets.  

Entrance fee- IDR 60,000

Tanah Lot- Bali Travel Guide

2. Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Located at Ungasan, Badung, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park or GWK is devoted to the Hindu God Vishnu and his mount Garuda, a mythological bird who became his companion. 

It has an area of about 60 hectares and is located at an altitude of 263 meters above sea level. There is a monumental statue of Garuda Wisnu standing about 276 meters above the sea level.  

There is a statue of Garuda bird, lotus Pond, Garuda cinema, and Wisnu plaza where various traditional Balinese arts are performed. 

Entry Fee- IDR 125,000. An additional fee of IDR 200,00 if you want to enter the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue.

Entry Time- 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

3. Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple

The Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is a Balinese Hindu sea temple and is located in Uluwatu. The temple is nestled at the edge of a 230 feet cliff or rock with a view of the Indian ocean.

This temple is considered to be the symbol of spiritual beliefs for Balinese. To enter, you’ll have to wear a sarong.

Here are various reasons why you should visit the Uluwatu Temple.

  • The Sunsets at Uluwatu temple are magical.
  • The famous Kecak dance portrays the Ramayana. It starts from 6:00 Pm to 7:00 PM. To reserve the seat make sure you arrive early. 
  • Explore the architectural temple

Entry Fee- IDR 50,000

To watch Kecak Dance- IDR 100,000

Entry Time- 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

pura luhur uluwatu temple- Bali travel guide

4. South Bali beaches

Spend some time of the day relaxing at the beach or just head over to the beach for a spectacular view of the sunset. On my trip to Bali, I spend an evening watching the most beautiful sunset at Seminyak Beach.

Head over to any of the beaches in South Bali such as Nusa Dua beach, Bingin Beach, Dreamland Beach, Balangan beach, Seminyak beach, Kuta Beach, etc., and spend quality time there just relaxing. I find Bali beaches very crowded, especially Seminyak and Kuta beach.  

Kuta Beach- Bali travel guide

Attractions in Central Bali

1. Goa Gajah Cave

Locally known as Goa Gajah, Elephant Cave Temple is an archaeological site and the popular tourist attraction in Bali. It has temples, fountains, and ponds. A perfect place for people who want to learn more about Indonesian architecture as the cave represents the carvings and the stone works in a comprehensive manner.    

In addition to that, there is an idol of Lord Ganpati and 3 Lingams which represent Lord Shiva and Shakti. 

Entrance fee- IDR 15,000 per person

2. Monkey Forest

The most popular tourist attractions in Ubud, the sacred Monkey Forest is a rainforest and is home to monkeys, ponds, banyan trees, and flowing streams.

There are more than 600 monkeys and over 115 species of different kinds of trees in the forest. Be careful and follow rules to avoid any kind of difficulty. 

Entrance Fee- IDR 80,000 per person

Timing- 8:00am – 6:00pm

Monkey Forest- Bali travel guide

3. Tegenungan waterfall

Just like temples, Bali is home to a number of waterfalls. Tegenungan waterfall is located 12 km away from The Monkey forest. As it is close to Ubud, expect a lot of crowds. However, it is definitely worth the visit because of its mesmerizing beauty. 

Entrance fee- IDR 15,000 per person

4. Tegalalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Tegalalang rice terrace is located in Bali and has one of the most magnificent beauty. The perfect landscape makes it the most famous spot for photographs. There are various stalls lined up along the roadside selling handicrafts. 

On the other hand, the Jatiluwih rice terrace is around 40 km from Ubud. It is beside the hillsides of Mount Batukaru making the view breathtaking.

As compared to the Tegalalang rice terrace, Jatiluwih rice is less crowded and you can easily explore the place without any hassle. 

Tegalalang rice terrace entrance fee- IDR 15,000

Jatiluwih rice terrace entrance fee- IDR 40,000

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Tegalalang Rice Terrace

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Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

5. Abian Kusuma Sari Coffee Plantation  

Pay your visit to an Abian Kusuma Sari coffee plantation to experience more about Balinese and coffee production and enjoy one of the most expensive coffees “Kopi Luwak coffee”. Also, get to experience the famous Bali swing adventure.

Abian Kusuma Sari Coffee Plantation- Bali travel guide

6. Bali Bird & Reptile Park

Bali Bird & Reptile Park is home to more than 1000 birds and is located 13 km away from the Goa Gajah Temple. Head over to the park early in the morning to avoid the crowd.

The park is properly maintained and you can feed the birds as well. 

Right next to the bird park, there is a reptile park that has a variety of reptiles for instance lizards, snakes, and alligators.  

WHERE TO STAY IN BALI?

Bali truly is a paradise. Deciding where to stay in Bali is not just picking any hotel or resort. There are a lot of options available in various areas to experience the magical beauty of Bali.

You can easily rent a luxury villa at a very affordable price. I would highly recommend you to stay at least two different areas for a better picture of Bali.

We stayed at every corner of Bali, which includes Ubud, Kuta, Tabanan, Tampaksiring, and Singaraja. 

  • If you’re a beach lover then head over to Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur, or Nusa Dua. In addition to that Kuta and Seminyak are known for their fabulous nightlife. This place is full of nightclubs, high-end resorts, bars, shopping malls, etc. There are a lot of accommodation options at a good price right by the beach. Some of the best hotel or resort options are Bali Bobo in Kuta, Amnata Resort in Kuta, Seminyak beach resort, Samabe Bali Suites & Villas in Nusa Dua, and The Janan Villa in Sanur.
  • On the contrary, Ubud is famous for its rice terrace, temples, Yoga, Boutique shops, Balinese art & craft, and Balinese culture. Ubud is considered to be the true essence of Bali. Best hotels and resorts in Ubud are Den Den Mushi Homestay, Hotel Puriartha, and Bambu Indah resort.
  • My personal recommendations are Sanglung Villa in North Bali for a calm and relaxing vacation, experience the open-air bamboo house in the middle of the jungle in Tabanan village, and sleep under the sky in a bubble hotel in Tampaksiring. There are various booking options available, but prefer booking from Airbnb. 
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Open-air Bamboo house

WHERE TO EAT IN BALI?

In Bali, you can find varieties of food which include Indian food as well. There are tons of restaurants serving Indian food. But I recommend trying local authentic foods. 

  • Nasi Campur- Rice served with mixed vegetables, fish or meat. You can have it at Warung Wardani in Denpasar. 
  • Nasi Goreng- One of the most popular dishes of Bali. It is so popular that you can see it on the breakfast menu as well.
  • Mie Goreng- Similar to Nasi Goreng, instead of fried rice, it is fried noodles served with vegetables. You can have it in Cafe Kami in Seminyak.
  • Pisang Goreng (Fried Bananas) – This is a type of desert where they fried bananas and served with honey or palm sugar syrup. You can find it in various restaurants and one of them is a Warung Classic in Munduk.
  • We had a coffee at the Sari Mountain view restaurant at Kintamani with a mesmerizing view of Mount Batur. They also provide a buffet that costs IDR 3,00,000 for two people.

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Eat in Bali- Bali travel guide

Fried Banana

INDIAN RESTAURANTS IN BALI 

  • Queen’s Tandoor in Seminyak- It is an amazing restaurant with beautiful decor served varieties of Indian food.  
  • Indian Delites in Ubud- Along with North Indian foods, It serves delicious South Indian food as well. 
  • Atithi in Kuta- An affordable restaurant served good Indian food with warm hospitality.

SHOPPING IN BALI

Bali has so much to offer when it comes to shopping and that too at very affordable prices.

From elegant designer wear to handcrafted products, from expensive Luwak coffee to flavored chocolates, Bali has something for every kind of shopper in the budget-friendly prices. 

Some of the things you can buy from Bali are:

  • Handicrafts
  • Chocolates
  • Jewelry
  • Beachwear
  • Bags
  • Souvenirs
  • Dream Catcher

 Some of the places where you can buy your favorite products are:

  • Ubud Art Market- Famous for handcrafted materials such as bags, dream catchers, showpieces, coasters, etc.
  • Oleh Oleh Khas Bali – This was my favorite. You will get everything in one place and at a very affordable price, especially when you hate bargaining.
  • Kuta Art Market- This is a tiny shopping complex to the shore of Kuta beach. You’ll get a fridge magnet, clothes, decorative items, and mask.
  • Beachwalk Mall- It is an open-air mall with direct access to Kuta beach. You’ll get various clothing brands such as Nike, Adidas, Marks & Spencer, etc. Besides clothing, it is a hub for eat and drink as well.
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Ubud Market

 NIGHTLIFE IN BALI

Besides culture, tradition, temples, food, Bali is also famous for its nightlife. There are people who come to Bali only for nightlife and if you’re one of them, head over to Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu.

The best nightclubs in Bali are in South Bali. According to locals, Kuta has become mini Australia. 

  • Seminyak– Seminyak is the most popular place among party lovers. Some of the famous clubs are Potato Head Beach Club, KU DE TA, The Orchard Bar, La Favela, etc.
  • Kuta- as mentioned above, Kuta is mini Australia and therefore it has become a huge party spot. You’ll get to see a lot of backpackers partying. The best clubs are Hard Rock Cafe, Sky Gardens, VH Bali, etc.
  • Canggu- The most visited place by Digital Nomads, Canggu is the best place to get laid-back. Some of the best places are Old Man’s, Deus Cafe, The Sand Bar, Luigi’s Pizza, and more.

AMAZING PLACES AROUND BALI

1. Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida can be done as a day trip from Bali by Ferries. The famous Kelingking beach is just amazing. This island can be easily explored by a scooter. 

Places to visit in Nusa Dua:

  • Broken Beach
  • Kelingking Beach
  • Angel Billabong Beach
  • Crystal By Beach

2. Lombok

The beaches of Lombok are less crowded and are the perfect island for those looking for an escape from Bali. For the volcanic experience above the clouds, visit the Mount Rinjani National park. 

Places to visit in Lombok:

  • Tiu Kelep Waterfall
  • Air Kalak Hot Springs
  • Kuta Lombok
  • Selong Belanak Beach
  • Narmada Water Park
  • Pink Beach

 3. Nusa Lembongan

If you’re looking for a quick getaway, head over to Nusa Lembongan. Explore Devil’s tears, visit mangrove forests, and go for snorkeling.    

Places to visit in Nusa Lembongan:

  • Sandy Bay
  • Devil’s tears
  • Dream Beach
  • Jungut Batu Beach
  • Mushroom Bay

4. Gili Islands

Gili Island is an archipelago of three islands namely Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. It is famous for scuba diving and partying.

Places to visit in Gili Islands

  • Trawangan Night Market
  • Trawangan Hill
  • Shark Point
  • Karma Kayak

BALI TRAVEL TIPS 

  • Learn basic Local Language- Learn a few local words and it will make them feel good. 
  • Always bring Sarong at the temples- However, they provide sarong outside every temple, but it’s good if you carry one. 
  • Negotiate when you’re shopping- Bali is a shopping paradise as well. They will tell you the price on a higher side. Therefore, don’t accept the first price they quote and bargain down to 50% or even more than that. 
  • Don’t drink the tap water. 
  • The first thing you should do after arriving in Bali is to get a Sim card. They are very cheap and are easy to install. 
  • Tipping is not mandatory in Bali but if you feel generous, leaving a tip is a good idea of showing a good gesture to Balinese people.

 PACKING TIPS FOR BALI

What to pack?

Travel Documents

  • Passport
  • Airline Tickets
  • Travel Insurance Documents
  • Accommodation Booking
  • Credit Card/Debit card/Indonesian Rupiah
  • Driving license

Clothes to pack for Bali

  • Because of Bali’s tropical humidity, packing cotton and linen clothes are a good choice. 
  • A hoodie, if you’re planning to go for Mount Batur Trekking.
  • A quick-dry towels
  • A sarong
  • Socks
  • Swimwears

 Shoes

  • Flip Flops
  • Sandals or Flats
  • Trekking shoes

Accessories

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

Toiletries

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Hairbrush
  • Shaving items
  • Cosmetics

Technology 

  • Camera + Charger 
  • iPad or Tablet + Charger
  • Laptop + Charger
  • Phone + Charger
  • Headphones
  • Adaptor

Note: If you forget to bring some basic stuff such as clothing, you can buy it here as well at a very affordable price. 

CONCLUSION & SUMMARY

Bali is one of the best places for Indians to spend their holidays. The primary reason why a lot of Indians prefer Bali is as it shares similar cultures, i.e, Hindusim and the visa is on arrival which is free of cost.

Lastly, I would also like to suggest that you can extend your trip and experience places beyond Bali such as Lombok, Gili Islands, Nusa Penida, etc.


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