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Top places to visit in Bali

Top places to visit in Bali

Pura Tanah Lot

Amazing temple surrounded by ocean which stands on the cliff. It is located in Southern part of Bali. 

Beautiful not only during the day but also for a breathtaking sunset! 

Definitely one of the best on the island. It exceeded my expectation and I just loved that view with the ocean. There are also markets around before you reach the temple. 

Allow yourself to spend more time in this place for exploring the markets and temple surrounding. Don’t miss out the sunset!

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Traditional Balinese style of a temple floating on the lake. Looks like from a fairy tale! 

The day when I visited this place, it was raining a whole day. 

However, it made it somehow unique to visit it on a rainy day and it made it even more beautiful. The Balinese roofs and the architecture have so unique design and I just love it. 

This is definitely my other favorite temple in Bali.

Besakih temple

Located behind the highest volcano in Bali – Mt. Agung. The largest temple complex in Indonesia. 

Don’t take a tour guide there as they will try to charge you a lot and you don’t need a tour guide to go there. Let’s check a forum on TripAdvisor. 

If you are lucky, you can see a ceremony. Recently the volcan area was under eruption.

Mount Batur at Kintamani

Spectacular view of the mountain with incredible lake. You can climb it or just watch it and have lunch in all you can eat restaurant while sitting outside and enjoying the stunning view!

UBUD AND SURROUNDING

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Absolutely top place to visit. These terraces are located in the north side of Ubud. Go there either morning or afternoon when is still light to take nice pictures and don’t forget to take some water with you. 

Amazing view of this grass terraces. The best view is from the bottom when you can see each layer of a rice field.  It is truly unique and typical for Bali. 

You will also notice local Balinese farmers walking around wearing their special hats or carry some stuff on their head. 

There are some wooden craft shops, shops with scarfs and other souvenirs near Ubud. Ask your driver to take you there. One of the activities around is also a bicycle tour.

Monkey Forest

A sanctuary with ancient temples located near Ubud town center. The monkeys can be cheeky and also aggressive so be careful and avoid provoking them. They can jump on tourists.:-)

Ubud Art market

A place surrounded by Balinese paintings, clothes, wood craft with a nice quality. You can bargain for prices.

Goa Gaja – The Elephant cave

A spiritual place with Buddhist and Hinduist caves with an amazing rainforest around. I loved the trees there. Located 3 km from Ubud.

Best places to stay

Padangbai

Nice beach town with a small temple area and a few small beaches around such as Blue lagoon beach or Bias Tugel beach. 

Perfect for short term when you plan to visit one of the Gili Islands as there is a connection to ferry.

Ubud

haven’t stayed in this location overnight but I checked that there are many nice resorts and villas around and I would say one of the best location to choose as it has its own authentic atmosphere in the middle of nature with art places around. 

Although the beach is far, this place has a stunning swimming pools with view from the top of the terraces which give you a unique experience. 

You will feel like a king. Next time I would definitely pick this place to stay.

Gili islands

These small islands are just amazing! Beaches has perfectly blue water which will make you feel like staying in a paradise. 

If you plan to visit Bali allow yourself to spend a couple of days on one of the Gili islands. You will not regret! More info in my next post.

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3 comments found

  1. A good list! I would also add: visit the area of Uluwatu (coastline there is spectacular), watch a kecak performance, drive to Mount Agung to take a closer look at this beast (anywhere close to it on a sunny day works), visit Nusa Dua and, of course, eat a smoothie bowl 🙂

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