Bali, Indonesia sits in between the Java Sea and the Banda Sea in Southeast Asia. The island has become a popular destination for backpackers traveling because of its budget-friendly options but you also have the choice to treat yourself to luxury if that is more of your style. Its popularity went up when Bali was featured in the film “Eat, Pray, Love” with Julia Roberts but Bali proves to be much more than an escape for white women going through mid-life crisis like Hollywood made it seem. This beautiful island is full of rich culture, traditions, kind people, and nature sights. Here are my top four picks for a Bali vacation:
Canggu is the town to head to if you are looking for pristine beaches, surf, yoga, and socializing. It is slowly becoming a resort town but has kept its beach town vibes. Learn how to surf at Batu Mejan Beach a.k.a. “Echo Beach.” When you have a had a great day of surf take a motorbike taxi to “The Practice” (https://www.thepracticebali.com/) where you can practice yoga inside a giant tree house.
Perhaps you have been saving money to treat yourself to a grand vacation. If so you can head south of Canggu to the luxurious resort town of Seminyak where you will find upscale resorts and villas. Spend a full day relaxing at a spa. In the evening catch a beautiful sunset at Pura Petitenget or Seminyal Beach or choose to watch it from the side of your infinity pool.
Northern Bali is for those whom want less crowds and more nature. Lovina is one of Bali’s hidden gems. Head to the mountains to visit Lake Bedugal or hike to Gitgit Waterfall to take a dip in a natural pool. The north is also rich in culture where you can visit Beji Temple and Ulundani Bratan Temple which are Hindu Temples. Brahma Vihara-Arama is a Buddhist Monastery known as the mini Borobudur (google Borobudur, Java to peek at what the real Borobudur looks like) which cannot go unseen if you are in northern Bali.
Ubud is often described as magical and I couldn’t agree more. Ubud is located in the middle of the island where it is surrounded by luscious green landscapes. The town center has a variety of restaurants and shops to explore during the day. Ubud is also known for its numerous yoga and meditation centers, the most popular one being the Yoga Barn (http://www.theyogabarn.com/). The Barn has classes running all day from yoga to sound healing baths. Head over to Monkey Forest Temple to take pictures of the wild roaming monkeys but be careful they will come after your stuff if you are not cautious. If you are feeling extra adventurous rent a motor scooter to visit the outskirts of the town where you will find the Tegalalang Rice Terraces and beautiful temples like the Tirta Empul Temple (The Holy Water Temple).