When I thought of Bali I imagined myself sat with a wise old man being told exactly what my life had in store for me á la Julia Roberts. And whilst that did not happen, nor did I meat a Brazilian expat who would turn out to be the love of my life, Bali still has many other offerings that more than make up for it.
It’s hard to put a finger on exactly what it is that made me fall so hard for the small island. It’s got the beaches, the smiles, the scenery, the surf and perhaps the best sunsets in the world but there’s an undeniable energy and soul to the place that really gives you that infectious Bali feeling.
I only got to spend a week there which is undeniably not enough time to explore all the great things that the island has to offer but I’ve put together a list of a few of my favourite experiences.
The Beach Bars at Sunset
Sat on a bean bag, cocktail in hand with live music in the background isn’t a bad way to experience one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets.
Market Mayhem in Ubud
Immerse yourself in the cultural heart of Bali and put your bartering skills to the test to come away with some bargains.
The Rice Terraces
The iconinc rice terraces that sweep across the island are undeniably spectacular and an unsurprising must see on your visit.
The Famous Massages
The streets of Bali and dotted with traditional spas which over super cheap massages to help you relax and rejuvenate those muscles after a long day exploring/ lying on the beach.
Known as ‘the island with a thousand temples’ Bali is definitely in no shortage and a trip to the island wouldn’t be complete without visiting at least one of these iconic temples.
Enjoy the locally sourced food
The countless restaurant covering all nationalities and budgets that Bali has to over are sure to not disappoint. A little restaurant called Sardine situated on a working paddy field in Seminyak was my favourite.
Sample the local tea and coffee
Tea and coffee is not something that I had ever associated with Bali, nor something I had ever really liked, but after sampling some of the local specialities it’s hard not to come away with a few new favourites.