BALI: 10 Things you can’t miss

 

If you still can’t decide whether you should go to Indonesia, the only thing I can tell you is: Definitely GO! It is a beautiful country with amazing people and delicious food. The personality of locals make a huge difference when you are traveling. They are sooooo helpful and friendly, even if they don’t have much for themselves, they would give you everything. Europeans should learn this from them because we need more people like that 🙂

WALK THROUGH THE RICE FIELDS

We visited the most popular ones which are in Ubud – it is a bit touristic place. If you want to avoid crowds, I suggest going there early morning and you will enjoy it much more. If you want to plan a day trip, it’s best to find one taxi driver and stay with him all day. If you’ve never seen a rice fields, you really need to head over there. It’s beautiful to look at them and to walk through, you also can walk to the other side of the hill, what I suggest once you are there. But be aware of people trying to sell souvenirs and asking for ‘’donations’’, so make sure you get small change with you.

 

 VISIT MONKEY FOREST

This is a nice attraction also in Ubud, which is nice to visit and have some fun watching monkeys how they live. The entrance was only 20,000IDR and you can have a nice long walk there.

It is a big forest full of monkeys running around you, jumping on the trees and sometimes they also jump on you so make sure you have your camera ready hahah. You can buy some bananas there and feed them if you want but it is important that you don’t enter there with any food in your bag because they would smell it straight away and start jumping on you and that is a bit scary haha…

 

PRACTICE YOGA AT YOGA BARN

When you are staying in Ubud, you definitely have to go to the Yoga Barn! If you are a yoga lover, you will fall in love with this place. You can choose from different levels and types of lessons.

There is also a shop with clothes and a restaurant that is outdoors with amazing views and they cook super healthy and delicious food and smoothies! Yum!

 

HAVE SOME ADRENALINE – GO WHITE WATER RAFTING

This was one of the best things we did in Ubud! We enjoyed it soooo much, I would definitely do it again. To get to the river you need to walk around 500 steps down and then at the end obviously back up, so get ready for that.

When we were on the river, there were some parts when I was a bit scared but that is the fun of it, isn’t it? If you like a bit of adrenalin, this is the right thing for you to do! We stopped next to a waterfall and got out from the raft to refresh. That was amazing!

We were also lucky with the price, because one of the guys working there was a good friend of our taxi driver so he gave it to us for half price. But even if we had to pay the full price it would be worth it.

 

SWIM IN A WATERFALL

Swimming in a waterfall is an amazing feeling, you should try if you have the chance. It gives you so much energy! Water was a bit cold, but you expect it since it’s a water fall 🙂

We went to see one in Ubud which was called Tegenungan waterfall and was really beautiful. There are quite a lot of steps to go down but it’s not too bad. After the swim, we went to a place on top with an amazing view of the waterfall in the middle of a jungle. We were enjoying the spectacular view while sipping fresh coconut water.

 

TRY KOPI LUWAK COFFEE

This was unplanned ‘’tea and coffee tasting’’ which was suggested by our taxi driver. We visited a farm in Ubud where they make the popular ‘’Luwak coffee’’ also known as cat-poop coffee 🙂 It is one of the most expensive coffees in the world – in Europe it costs up to 70 euros a cup and we only paid around 2 euros for a cup and it was including a full tray of different and delicious teas to taste and an explanation of the process of making this specific coffee.

They say that it’s the best coffee in the world because the animal (palm civet) chooses only the best berries by smell and eats only those. When it poops it out, they wash them and remove the coffee beans from the shell so it doesn’t actually touch the poop 🙂

Click here if you want to know a bit more about this coffee.

 

EAT STREET FOOD

I know sometimes it looks a bit too dodgy to eat from the street, but usually it’s the best food. You obviously need to be a bit careful if you don’t want to spend some time in the bathroom J.

For example, we didn’t eat from the ones that had some ready food (noodles, rice or various meats with sauces ready in the plates). They had these plates with food just in a glass ‘’box’’ with few shelves and it was connected to their motorbike. Obviously, it was not refrigerated and we didn’t even see people buying it from there, so I don’t want to imagine for how long they had it ready cooked.

On the other hand, when we saw a stall or a small local warung which was busy with people buying food from there, we were pretty sure that it’s safe. And it was! We tried so many different and delicious things that we couldn’t get enough of them. Sometime we weren’t even sure what were we eating, but we survived 🙂

 

VISIT TEMPLES

In Bali, there are a lot of temples, so we decided to go and see some of them. The most popular one is in Bedugul – temple on the lake called ‘’Pura Ulun Danu Bratan’’. We went to see it by canoe very early in the morning during the sunrise. It was beautiful experience and I definitely suggest visiting it as early as possible so you won’t find crowd of people there. If you will ask some locals, you might find someone who will be happy to take you there with their canoe. It is definitely nicer because you will see the temple from the lake and you can take really beautiful pictures. If you like, you can also fish from the canoe like we did.

Be prepared that if you will be going to the temple, they will not let you go in if you are wearing shorts – you will need to wear ‘’sarong’’. It is basically a long piece of fabric that you need to wrap around your waist to cover your legs. They sell them everywhere around the temples and on the streets so it is not a problem to buy.

 

ZIP LINE EXPERIENCE

It was a blast! We found this place in Bedugul, a small village with almost no tourists. People usually come to this city/village just for a day trip but don’t stay overnight (we stayed there for 2 nights). The zip lines were unforgettable experience. We had soooo much fun – we were totally like kids. It was quite hard if you decide to go through all the levels – you can choose which ones you like because they are split by difficulty. We obviously ‘’had to’’ to do them all, so we spent like 3 hours there and by the end we were dead. But it was definitely worth it – especially Tarzan jump at the very end, just before the last, hardest part. You have to jump from a huge tree just holding a rope – exactly like Tarzan (but you are obviously secured with the carbines). This was one of the highlights of our trip!

 

SUNRISE TREKKING ON MOUNT BATUR

We decided to visit Batur just because we wanted to do this hike. Mount Batur is an active volcano and last time it erupted in 2000. If you decide to do it, make sure that you don’t go alone, you have to find a guide to come with you as you would definitely get lost. It is approximately 2 hours so you we woke up at 2AM, had a light snack and a coffee and started walking by 3AM. At some points, it’s not easy at all – it was slippery and very steep so it is important that you wear proper shoes. And what’s more, you are in the middle of ‘’jungle’’ without seeing a thing (they only give you a small light), so it was a bit scary haha…

When we finally got up, they cooked eggs and bananas on the steam of the volcano. They offered us hot chocolate, tea or coffee with it. When the sun started coming up, I cannot even describe how beautiful it was, you just need to experience it yourself… The feeling when you are standing up above the clouds and watching the sunrise, is just indescribable. You will also have a company of monkeys and dogs up there 🙂

Click here if you want to know more about Mount Batur hike.


If you are going to Bali, you should definitely try at least some of the above things, because we really enjoyed each one of them. The people you meet and things you can do there are really worth visiting this place. Bali is a beautiful place but it’s getting more and more touristic by every day, so hurry up and just take a backpack and enjoy it as much as you can. 🙂 xxx

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