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How to Get the Most Out Of Your Bali Trip

A trip to Bali sounds like the ultimate island dream. After all, this iconic Indonesian island is home to hilly backdrops, lush terraced rice fields, and white sandy beaches. It’s the perfect way to de-stress and take a break from the usual routine.

But apart from its sheer natural beauty, you’re bound to have an amazing Bali adventure through its rich culture and a distinct experience you can only get on the island. Read on to discover the best tips to getting the most out of your Bali trip.

Choose to stay in a villa

Traditional Village Bali
Image Courtesy of Selamat Made / Flickr

To make your ‘holiday in paradise’ dream a reality, choose to rent a villa instead of booking a room in a hotel! Whether you are looking for a beachscape, a scenic hideaway, or a refreshing retreat on the island, Bali’s luxury villas can guarantee you utmost comfort, privacy, and intimacy. Some highly-recommended villas on the island are found in Ubud namely Kamandalu Resort and Hanging Gardens of Bali.

What makes Kamandalu Resort worth-staying in is its collection of villas that resemble a traditional Balinese village. Hanging Gardens of Bali, another popular villa in Ubud, offers spectacular valley views you won’t be able to see elsewhere!

Immerse yourself in the cultural art scene

Kecak Ramayana
Image Courtesy of Bro. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ / Flickr

Since it has been inhabited around 2000 BC, it’s highly expected that Bali has deep cultural roots. They are most popular for strong Hindu influences, the dramatic Balinese dances, and performances such as the Shadow Play.

The most important cultural festivity happens around mid-June through mid-July, which is the Bali Arts Festival. The festival brings together all Bali artists for a month of daily exhibitions, performances, and art-related activities. You can expect dance dramas, Photography workshops, culinary festivals, and musical performances.

If you happen to miss the event, you can wander around Ubud Royal Palace or Agung Rai Museum of the Art which both showcase dance performances and extensive art collections.

Connect with people from different places

Being one of the most highly-visited cities in the world, it would be impossible for you NOT to meet and mingle with fellow foreign tourists. Just like the locals, everyone’s nice and approachable. If no one’s talking, you probably just need to take the first step to initiate the conversation. And every time you meet someone new for the first time, it’s a completely different experience — where you meet them, their stories from home, and the kind of adventure they’re planning to have on the island.

Ask your newfound friend to go on a Yoga retreat and discover the local and international yoga community. Or, how about taking a quick trip to Ubud Art Market to find Bali’s traditional art market?

Discover beauty in an abandoned setting

You’d be surprised to know that there are a few abandoned places that have been luring tourists for its Instagram-worthy vibe. For instance, the island’s “lost” airplanes, and an abandoned amusement park.

There are two so-called “lost planes” in the island — one’s located in Jimbaran and the other in Bukit peninsula. While it’s left alone among bushes and wild plants, it now serves as a tourist attraction. The second is a rusty commercial jet that’s surrounded by a shabby hut and a few shipping containers. Either of the two makes an amusing background for your #OOTDs.

Meanwhile, the Taman Festival Bali Ghost Town is bound to spark interest among those looking for a unique setting. You’ll see street arts on the walls, decapitated structures and jungle vines in the once designated theme park. It’s like ruins overtaken by nature!

Eat what the locals eat

babi guling
Image Courtesy of Rollan Budi / Flickr

They say that the best way to travel is to get a taste of the local cuisine of different countries. And if you’ll be heading to Bali, a local food trip should definitely be on your list! The best dishes to try are babi guling (suckling pig), mie goreng (fried noodles), and bebek betutu (Balinese roast duck).

Babi guling, one of the famous dishes in Bali, is their classic roast pork dish. In this dish, the pork is rubbed with turmeric and stuffed with a spice paste. Its slow cooking process makes the pork meat tender and juicy. If you’re not into pork, you can try their roast duck called bebek betutu that’s wrapped in coconut tree bark and steamed. Its best version is extremely moist — as if the meat almost falls off the bone. Meanwhile, the classic mie goreng is a must-taste traditional noodle dish that’s equally sweet, salty, and savory. This dish is found everywhere and it has a lot of versions you can choose from!

Try something you’ve never done for the first time

White water rafting on Ayung River
Image Courtesy of Sue Waters / Flickr

Let Bali unleash your adrenaline rush and pick an activity you’ve never done elsewhere. With Bali’s huge range of water sports, don’t go for the usual stuff and try something like river rafting or their underwater scooter adventure!

One of the most exciting experiences you’ll get on the island is a trip down the Ayung River on a raft. The Ayung River is considered as the longest and wildest river, having a 75-kilometer stretch from the Northern mountains up to Badung Strait. Set out through the adrenaline-pumping white water and enjoy the rapids that include vortexes, natural ramps, and sudden drops.

Meanwhile, if you’d prefer a water adventure ride that lets you see the underwater wonders of Bali, go on a underwater scooter adventure! Bali’s underwater scooter was designed to cater to anyone — even when you don’t have any scuba diving experience. You can also try this if you can’t swim. Therefore, there’s no excuse as to why you shouldn’t immerse yourself in the beaming marine life underneath Bali’s crystal clear waters.

Catch breathtaking views

Sunset on Kuta Beach, Bali
Image Courtesy of Egor Pasko / Flickr

Living the life of a beach bum is the ideal scenario in Bali so don’t miss your chances of seeing the island’s breathtaking views. Before the night sets in, witness a dazzling show that the island is famous for — sunset. If you’d like to catch this wondrous view, go to Bali’s most popular sundowner locations which are Petitenget Beach in Seminyak and Kuta Beach.

Known for its long sandy beach and great waves for surfing, Kuta Beach is also a favorite location as the sun dips below the horizon. And when the sun goes down, the lanterns light up and spontaneous dance parties happen on the beach. Meanwhile, the Sun seemingly looks bigger at Petitenget Beach — luring in locals and tourists to flock to the beach, beach clubs or rooftop bars as soon as the sun starts to set. Compared to Kuta, it’s also less crowded.

Experience Bali’s best night spots

Whether it’s your first or last night on the island, don’t dare miss out clubbing at Bali’s best night spots. The highly-recommended ones are Sky Dome Super Club, Velvet & Hypnotized and Mirror Bali Lounge and Club.

Sky Dome Super Club hosts some of the biggest EDM DJs in the world and has been voted “Best Best Club” since 2011. Their amazing lighting shows and the best FUNKTION ONE speakers guarantee that you’ll have the best clubbing experience on the island.

Meanwhile, if you want to stay atop a rooftop bar in Kuta to start your night with a refreshing sunset cocktail, head on over to Velvet & Hypnotized. And because it’s a cool and welcoming place with great music, it’s easy to let loose on the dance floor!
For those who’d like an unusual night club setup, see the Gothic Themed Nightclub in Seminyak called Mirror Bali Lounge and Club. They have futuristic laser lighting systems, amazing glittery mosaic-wall décor and has a wide selection of booze. In plain speak, Mirror Bali is one of Seminyak’s most premium hangouts.

To get early passes to Bali’s biggest events and VIP club tables, book your tickets at Booking HQ. Booking HQ is Bali’s premier Villa and Entertainment Site. We’ll make sure you’ll get the most out of your Bali experience — from sunrise until the wee hours of the morning.

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