Top 10 Best Things To See In Bali
Bali is home to welcoming smiles, lush jungles, pristine beaches and emerald rice terraces. To choose only 10 best things to see is only scraping the surface of the magical experiences on offer in ‘The Land of the Gods’, where sunsets sink majestically into the Indian Ocean and the smell of spices blends with the sound of round-the-clock parties. If you’re lucky enough to be heading off to Bali, get ready for the trip of a lifetime.
1. Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot is an ancient Hindu shrine, perched on top of a rock formation in the midst of crashing waves and glorious sunsets. It’s located in the Tabanan regency and the area also houses restaurants, shops and a cultural park. Get there in time for sunset for spectacular photo opportunities.
2. Ubud and The Monkey Forest
Ubud is Bali’s hub for arts, crafts and a spiritual culture that radiates throughout the town. Markets, upscale restaurants, fabulous jungle-clad resorts and bustling local life sit side by side to create a unique atmosphere. The Monkey Forest is a lush home for the cheeky creatures and well worth discovering, just make sure you hide all your belongings, they’re well known for sneaking off with expensive sunglasses!
3. Seminyak Beach Bars
From the early hours of each afternoon, the beach at Seminyak becomes a colourful haven for cocktail hour, as everyone gathers to watch the sun sink into the Indian Ocean. Grab yourself a pink beanbag under a green umbrella at one of the many beach bars and sit back to enjoy fresh prawns, live music and people watching.
4. Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu is a sea temple, set on top of a steep cliff overlooking the wide expanse of ocean below. It’s known to be one of Bali’s key spiritual pillars and you can explore Balinese architecture, ancient sculptures and monkey-filled greenery within the temple grounds.
5. Rock Bar
The Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort and Spa is built within a cliff overlooking the ocean, as if mother earth lovingly put it there herself. It’s acclaimed worldwide as one of the most unique destinations for a bar and, to top it off, they produce signature cocktails and host international DJ’s. Get there early in the afternoon for sunset, to avoid the inevitable long lines of thirsty tourists.
6. Party at Kuta Beach
Kuta Beach is infamous for its party atmosphere and it all starts on the beach. From sunrise to sunset and beyond, Kuta Beach is a mecca for Bintang (local beer) loving tourists, local arts and crafts sellers, watersports, restaurants, nightclubs, shops and pretty much anything else you can imagine along one small strip of party heaven.
Once a sleepy fishing village, Jimbaran is now one of Bali’s most upmarket destinations and it’s acclaimed for the row of seemingly endless seafood restaurants, with their tables and chairs actually perched right on the sand. You can dine on succulent Lobster while the ocean practically laps at your feet, which makes it worth the extra money you’ll spend on food here, as opposed to most other places in Bali.
8. Tegallalang Rice Terraces
No trip to Bali is complete without marvelling at spectacular rice terraces. One of the best are the Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud, which you can view from the side of the road, along with painters, artists and nature lovers capturing the scene.
9. Mount Batur
Mount Batur, a sacred mountain in the Hindu belief, is an active volcano in the Kintamani district. You can go on trekking tours to climb the mountain, simply gaze at the spectacular view of clouds crossing its peaks, Lake Batur, which fills a large part of the caldera or visit the surrounding ancient villages.
10. Besakih Temple
Known as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’, Besakih sits high on the slopes of Mount Agung and it’s considered the most important temple of the Hindu religion in Bali. Its stunning surrounds captivate visitors with rice paddies, hills, mountains and streams. Try and time your trip with one of many festivals held in the complex each year.
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