I have been to many places around Asia but there are only few destinations that cover all the desirable aspects of having a great holiday and I can say that Bali is one of those.
Many people say that Bali is overrated, too touristy and not worth to visit. Well I guess it all depends on how you would enjoy this place as it has a lot to offer.
Things To Do In Bali and Why You Should Travel There
1. Rich Culture and Heritage
Bali has an authentic and exotic culture. The temples, rituals, celebrations, artwork and music are highly evolved. There are over 20,000 temples here and they are integral part of the very essence of Bali and are evident in the framework of this island. A visit to a temple is a must as it is a representation of the Balinese culture and indeed a beautiful experience. Top temples to visit in the island are Tanah Lot, Uluwatu and Ulun Danu Beratan just to name a few.
2. Picturesque Natural Beauty
Bali is bountiful in colors of natural beauty. They have 180-degree highland panoramas, scenic waterfalls, flowing expanses of emerald paddies like you are looking in an enormous hand-crafted garden, and golden sunsets and sunrises down at the coastline. Places like Ubud and Lovina are famous in this criterion because of their breathtaking natural offers.
3. Great Beaches
You can take your pick. There are five major beach districts in Bali; Kuta-Seminyak (golden sand beach with great waves ideal for surfing), Sanur (a relaxed coastal ambiance great for a ‘do nothing’ day), Nusa Dua-Benoa (pristine white sandy beach, home to many luxurious resorts and hotels while Benoa also has all the exciting water sports), Jimbaran ( where tranquility and peace are the perfect antidote to a stressful world) and Uluwatu (spectacular beach by the cliff and famous with its surfing tides as well).
4. Thrilling Adventure
Bali offers fun and exhilarating adventures for all the ages . One of those is ‘Waterbom Bali’, a huge water park and the 3rd best in the world known for its breathtaking water slide the ‘Climax’ that brings its riders to a dashing 2.5 G force of speed. But if you don’t want to spend the day whirling through water rides then try the white water rafting in Telaga Waja river (though you will still get wet). This river has a difficulty level 3 – 4 but still safe for the beginners. The rapids are very challenging and of course will boost your adrenaline racing. If you don’t wank to soak yourself then try the high ropes courses in Tree Top Adventure Park or take a Paragliding in Denpasar.
5. Lively Nightlife
Bali is building its reputation as the ‘Ibiza of Asia’. The highlight of the year is KuDeTa White Party that happens on the month of August. In Bali, nothing is impossible. You can be you, the way that you want yourself to be. You can party in a nightclub, on the road or in the beach. You can dance with your flip-flops, snicker, high heels and bare feet. Bali knows how to rock and you will definitely have the night of your life.
6. Yummy Local Food
The local food in Bali is amazing. Almost in every restaurants and warung (local eatery) offer the best local dishes from satay ayam, to soto ayam to nasi goreng. You can eat and enjoy sumptuous meals in very affordable prices. You can also indulge in one of the many fine dining restaurants where they serve all kinds of food, from sushi to pasta to curry and more. Bali offers a great variety of food and restaurants with influences from all over the world.
7. Value for Money
In Bali, you can literally be a Millionaire as 1 US Dollar is equivalent to 13,500 Rupiah. Everything in Bali is cheap. The flights and accommodations are available in abundance, low cost of living, great shopping deals, cheap food and restaurants.You can also afford to have your own private villa staffed by a personal cook, butler and a driver. Going around the island is also affordable as the land tour packages are fairly inexpensive. How about USD 30 for a whole day all inclusive tour package? An hour of Balinese Massage for USD 5? That is really cheap! You can have your road trips and enjoy a massage afterwards even everyday.
8. Balinese Hospitality
This is one of the top reasons why I love Bali. Bali is home to some of the friendliest and most welcoming people in the world, where no tourist demand is too demanding and service with a smile is always a standard. In and outside your hotel, getting acquainted and making new friends is easier than you’ve probably expected. The people there are very polite and never take advantage of the other people especially to the tourists.
9. Rooms Are Always Available
They say that Bali has an oversupply of hotel rooms. Well it is a good news for all the tourists and travelers as you do not need to worry about your accommodation regardless of the season, peak or non-peak. Booking a hotel is very easy. I suggest that you do your booking online as you can save more money than booking in the hotel itself. You can get the best rates online from the budget hotel to the most luxurious five-star resorts.
10. Get To Try Something Exotic
You can’t go to Bali and not to try the ‘Luwak’ coffee, the most expensive and rarest coffee in the world. Head on down to Sanur for a cup of “Kopi Luwak” before you decide to find out how this delicacy is created. The coffee beans used in this coffee all pass through the digestive system of the Asian Palm Civet, a tree climbing cat. They eat the coffee beans, keep in their digestive tract for over a day and then defecate in clumps. These beans are washed and then roasted to kill the remaining bacterias.
For many reasons, you can feel the deep seated sense of relaxation and sense of belonging that Bali has to offer. It could be the tranquility by the beach, awestruck from the beauty of nature, standing on a surf board for the first time or maybe the genuine smiles from the locals. Well for what ever reason it is, Bali is a must-go and visit destination all-year round. Because in Bali, you can get a little bit of everything at its best.
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