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Bali

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Ideal duration: 4-6 days

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"An idyllic retreat"

Bali Tourism

Bali, Indonesia’s most famous island, is located to the west of Java in the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is world-renowned for its scenic rice terraces, fragrant cuisine, stunning beaches and a galore of culture and tradition. With its elaborate temples, endless coastline, some of the world's best coral reefs, waterfalls and retreats, Bali combines leisure and adventure, spiritual awakening and hard-partying all into one island that people from all over the world come to lose themselves in.

The island boasts some of the best sunsets and sunrises, enough to captivate and entice you into never leaving this place. Home to the coral reefs of Tulamben, the mountain peaks of Kintamani, the beaches and scenic routes of Seminyak and Kuta, with ancient temples and traditional village life of Ubud, Bali's charm is boundless, as are its opportunities for fun.

Don’t forget to stop by one of the many terraced rice fields, a feature that only adds to the diversity of Bali’s beautiful landscape. Tourists may enjoy an idyllic day at the beach, surf, dive, take a casual boat ride to gaze at the dolphins, explore the many beautiful temples, the local markets and the waterfalls, or go to the silent yoga retreats - there is something for everybody here. Bali has been the subject of so many travel journals and has been famously alluded to in many works of literature, as a place of true beauty, and yet words always fail to capture the captivating magic of 'The Island of the Gods'.

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3-Day Itinerary For Bali

Day 1: Head over to Ubud which is a great place that boasts of its rich natural beauty, wildlife, amazing beaches. During the day time, one can pay a visit to the Monkey Forest to watch some monkeys playing and lazing around in their natural habitat. One can feed them bananas or take a cool walk down the pavement. After this, cool off and relax at the beach, take a dip in the ocean or surf the waves. Any trip is incomplete without shopping and the Ubud market is one of the central places with many local vendors selling local handicrafts and clothes.

Day 2: Start the day by paying a visit to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces which is a beautiful rice valley famous for its freshness and beauty. Visit this place early in the morning to enjoy the breeze and awe-inspiring beauty of the place. After this head out to Uluwatu which is a blissful sea temple located at the perfect location of the cliff to enjoy one of the best views ever! When in Bali, one cannot miss out on the amazing nightlife which is focused around the Kuta-Legian-Seminyak strip to let loose with DJs, rooftop bars, theatre shows, or dinner cruise to have the time of your life!

Day 3: Giyanar is another great place in Bali to explore and do some quality sightseeing. ‘Goan Gaja' is said to be one of the best archaeological sites in Bali. This is a beautiful heritage site which features a stone relic courtyard, temple, exotic bathing pools, and sculptural fountains. After a visit to this amazing heritage site, head over to ‘Bali Safari and Marine Park' which is the largest safari park in Bali with home to over 60 different exotic species of plants and animals. Adjacent to the Safari Park is an exciting amusement and water park to thrill one with its exciting rides.

Nightlife in Bali

Nightlife at Bali only really starts after midnight, with most of the popular clubs opening around that time. With the western concept of bars and clubbing gaining ground, Kuta and Seminyak are the best places to find popular clubs. Fridays and Saturdays are particularly good days of the week for a night out.¾

Daily Budget for Bali

For the traveller on a shoestring budget, about USD 40 is the daily budget, including food and travel expenses. Comfortable travel would require a budget of about USD 60 - 70, and luxury travel would reach upwards of USD 100.

Exchanging Money in Bali

For citizens of the US, it is not imperative to exchange currency, for USD is accepted almost everywhere. However, for every other country, the most reliable exchange takes place in commercial banks for the airport is slightly unreliable.

Shopping in Bali

Bali has a distinctive shopping culture, with many different kinds of night markets, art markets, thrift stores, antique stores and of course, Balinese souvenir stores. There are many silver workshops at Celuk and Ubud, and the Ubud Art Market is the most famous art market in Bali. The urban areas are also home to many malls- like the Kuta Beachwalk and Discovery Mall. Kuta and Ubud have many night markets and thrift stores as well, which have cheap and beautiful products.¾

Religion of Bali

Bali is a city where religious beliefs influence almost every aspect of life. It is home to one of the unique forms of Hinduism, even though Indonesia's population is predominantly Muslim. Balinese Hinduism and Buddhism are the most practised religions in Bali, with various temples dedicated to both faiths. Balinese Hindu festivals are different from Indian Hindu festivals, and their customs and traditions are also vastly different.

Tips while visiting Bali

Here are certain things that one should keep in mind while visiting Bali: · When visiting any of the temples in Bali, remember that you are properly covered, especially shoulders and legs. · Smoking is prohibited in many public areas which include temples, and some restaurants, hotels or tourist attractions. · To save one from being tricked, use ‘Bluebird taxi' which is also known as ‘Bali taxi' as they will never cheat you of the fare. · Take a survey and avoid beaches with a low tide. · Drink plenty of water and apply adequate sunscreen to save one from the scorching heat and to remain hydrated.

Language of Bali

The languages commonly spoken are Balinese and Bahasa Indonesian, but almost all the people on the island have at least a rudimentary knowledge of English, so it is relatively easy for tourists to find their way around Bali. Also, the signs in Bali are multilingual, with Chinese and Korean counterparts of English signs.¾

History of Bali

Bali has been populated since prehistoric times. After the 4th and 5th century, Hindu traders brought their religion to the island, but little else is known about this time. After that Bali was under the Majapahit kingdom ,and many more tumultuous regimes for a while. Different tribes blossomed at this point. Then the landmark time for European colonialism was the 16th century, when Dutch settlers arrived at the city. This influenced many parts of Balinese culture, and created a hybrid of architecture in the area. In 1710, the Dutch people conquered the existing regime, and Bali was brought under their control. Dutch rule was short-lived, however, because Indonesia was soon conquered by Japan during World War II. Since then, Bali has been propped back on its feet by tourism, that boomed in the 19070s.

Currency in Bali

Rupiah is the official currency of Indonesia, and is used in Bali, but American dollars are also accepted nearly everywhere. Credit cards can be used at modern establishments, but for most flea markets and hawker centres in Bali cash is advisable. ATMs around Bali also accept foreign credit cards.

Bali Customs

Bali is a little conservative when it comes to tradition, and temples- there is a proper dress code that needs to be followed. Shoulders and parts of the upper arm must be covered while visiting a temple. A sarong around the legs and a temple scarf around the waist is also mandatory. Public displays of affection are not appropriate near temples or holy places, and modest dressing is encouraged. Also, it would be advisable to never use the left hand to offer anything to the people or the deities, and using the index finger to beckon someone. It is considered equally rude to touch somebody on the head or step on canang sari (holy offerings) on the street, so tourists must be watchful. Religious processions also take place frequently in Bali, and interrupting these is not appropriate. Flash photography is also discouraged at quieter places. Tipping is a practice in Bali.¾

Restaurants and Local Food in Bali

Bali is a predominantly coastal city, and most of its food is based around the local produce- plantains, rice, jaggery, coconut and various kinds of vegetables and seafood. It is a mix of curries, rice dishes, skewered dishes, and seafood. Padang restaurants are best places for authentic Indonesian cuisine, but tourists cannot find authentic Balinese food there. Most of Balinese authentic cuisine is based on pork and beef, which is why it does not make its way to the predominantly Muslim population of mainland Indonesia. Therefore, the uniquely Balinese cuisine with a melange of spices can be found only at Bali. This comprises yam pinging (grilled chicken and seafood with an assortment of vegetables), ayamtutu (chicken cooked with spices) and satay, or pieces of meat marinated in peanut sauce and grilled. These are usually accompanied by rice. For breakfast, there are items like fried plantain with jaggery, fried cakes with jaggery. They also have a special kind of coffee, which is brewed traditionally. Most American chains are also found such as McDonaldês and KFC, ubiquitously in Kuta and other tourist-visited areas.
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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

  • Perfect for a chill time with family and friends
  • Relax by the beach
  • Visit amazing heritage sites, beautiful temples & local markets
  • Great for a honeymoon or a bachelor trip
  • Famous for its happening nightlife.

What's Not So Great?

  • Not high on cleanliness
  • Beware of picketers and petty thefts
  • Watch out for scams by the locals

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How To Reach Bali

Bali is best reached from Europe and USA through air. Many international flights connect to Bali, with Jakarta as an intermediary, and also directly connect to Bali. The most popular airlines that lands there are AirAsia, Qatar Airways and, KLM.

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