10 things to do in Bali
One of the most famous Indonesian hotspot, Bali is the very apex of tropical culture and scenery. This sunny island is located just towards the south of the equator, and is an amazing tourist destination for its striking volcanic beauty. The lure of this place lies in its mix of the rich culture of this place and luxurious beaches. From temples that are thousands of years old, you can find yourself guided towards the sundry caves, tropical forests and waterfalls. Infact, there is such a diversity of experiences in Bali that all kinds of people can find something for their vacation. Whether it is shopping, lounging, surfing, exploring, retreating, or simply serenity-seeking, Bali provides it all. Kuta is the haven for surfers and hikers who are on the lookout for lively night-life, clubs, sandy beaches and great waves washing the shores. Seminyak, on the West Coast of Bali, with its eclectic bars, chic cafes and world-class international boutiques, is the place to go if you want to get the taste of the hipster’s life. With its immense diversity of holidaying experiences, here are the top ten things that you must find yourself guided towards in Bali.
1. Bicycle around Ubud
Trip to Bali is incomplete without a close round around the town of Ubud with its picturesque story-books villages and rice fields; and there is no better way to do it than picking up a bicycle.
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2. Learn surfing in Kuta
From the cultural nest of Ubud, use a city map to guide towards the night-clubs and expat bars of Kuta and learn surfing on the Kuta beach during the day, while taking breaks to enjoy fruit drinks and lastly the sunset.
3. Go trekking on Mount Batur
Begin your climb early in the morning on the volcanic Mount Batur. While the surrounding lake makes for a beautiful treat all through the climb, you can watch the sun rising over the Lombok strait if you make it to the top by 6 in the evening. For a more challenging climb, go for Mount Rinjani on the nearby Lombok Island.
4. Road Trip to Lake Bratan
With taxi rates quite affordable, a road trip would be a nice idea to explore Bali. Ask your driver to start through the lush highlands in the south of Bali and guide towards the Lake Bratan. This two hours’ drive will also take you to the beautifully sculpted Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple.
5. Attend the Buffalo Race in Negara
Watch the glossily accessorized water buffaloes race the dusty tracks amid the noise of their grunts and shouts of the local spectators. To attend these early morning races, you can find an accommodation in the nearby surf town of Medewi the night before.
6. Snorkel in the waters around Menjangan Island
This far off island from Bali is special for its very remoteness which promises a pristine experience of underwater reefs and vibrant fishes. If your time permits, head towards Taman Nasional Bali Barat to gain knowledge about Balinese flora and fauna.
7. Eat Babi Guling at Ibu Oka in Ubud
Considered the main course of Bali, Babi Guling, or the suckling pig, is available at most roadside joints. Head for the most famous Babi Guling joint, Ibu Oka, and enjoy the delectable hogs with ice cold fruit drink.
8. Raft through the lush of Bali
At once thrilling and frightening, rafting through Bali can be one of the most unforgettable of travel experiences. The voyage will take you through dense interiors and rice paddies with farmers working on them and children flying kites.
9. Watch the Kecak Dance in Ulu Watu
Perched on high cliffs, this peculiar dance has no musical instruments for accompanying the steps. Performers in elaborate costumes chant together while they act out the Ramayana. This late evening show is full of little bonfires to add to its eeriness.
10. Enjoy the sunset at Tanah Lot
This temple located on the Southwest shore of Bali makes for a surreal, unlikely and romantic image that would make you want to believe all the legends associated with it. Catch it at the time of sunset when it is at its most breathtaking poise. You can also go shopping to nearby markets for tourist souvenirs.
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With so much to do, Bali is sure a place to leave you with nostalgias.