Bali Travel Guide : Things to Do, Where to Stay & Where to Eat in Bali


The island of Bali in Indonesia is undoubtedly one of the best holiday island destinations in the world. Bali is known for its iconic rice paddies, beaches and forested volcanic mountains. It is home to many religious sites and temples with stunning Balinese architecture. Wherever you are in the island, you definitely have something to enjoy. To the south is the beach side city of Kuta that has a lively night life. Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are also popular resort towns situated in the southern part as well. The town of Ubud in central Bali on the other hand is regarded as the cultural center of Bali. 

What to Do and See in Bali?
Bali has a lot of tourist attractions you can experience and explore. If you want to enjoy the beach, the southern part of Bali is the perfect place for you. If you want highlands and rice paddies, then the central and the northern side is your to-go destination. Here are some of things you can do and see in Bali.

1. Chase sunrise in Mt. Batur Volcano
Standing at 5,633 feet, Mount Batur is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung on the island of Bali, Indonesia. Its first documented eruption was in 1804 and the most recent was in 2000. Read more: Chasing Sunrise in Mount Batur.

2. ATV Ride in Pertiwi
ATV Ride at Pertiwi Quad Adventure costs US$90 fora single ride and US$130 for a tandem ride. Aside from ATV, they also offer other interesting activities like Paintball and Water Rafting. Read more: ATV Ride in Bali

3. Beach Bumming in Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is an enclave of large 5-star hotels in the southern part of Bali. It is situated about 22 kilometers from Denpasar and about 20 minutes drive from the airport. Read more: Beach Bumming in Nusa Dua.

4. Explore Batuan Temple
Batuan Temple, locally known as ‘Pura Puseh lan Pura Desa Adat Batuan’, is a well-known landmark in the village of Batuan, popular for its traditional Balinese arts and paintings. It's situated about 10 kilometers from central Ubud and it features stunning traditional Balinese temple and well preserved sandstone bas-reliefs. Read more: Exploring the Batuan Temple of Bali.

5. Photo shoot at Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Tegallalang Rice Terrace is an iconic tourist attraction in Ubud, Bali. It is located on the northern portion of Ubud, around 20 minutes drive from central Ubud. It offers a stunning view of the verdant terrace rice fields. Read more: Tegallalang Rice Terraces of Ubud.

6. Play with the monkeys at Ubud Monkey Forest
The Ubud Monkey Forest is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bali. It is estimated to receive around 10,000 tourists every month according to its website. It lies within the village of Padangtegal, which actually owns it. The village's residents consider the Monkey Forest as an important educational, economic, spiritual, and conservation center for the village. Aside from the hundreds of monkeys (approximately 700) living in this forest, you can also see different species of trees and  enjoy a breath of fresh air. Read more: Playing with Monkeys in Ubud.

Where to Stay in Bali?
Bali has a lot of accommodation to offer depending on your budget and preference. You can stay in cheap and affordable hotels, comfortable private villas or luxurious resorts. If you want to stay close to the beach then Seminyak, Kuta and Nusa Dua areas are highly recommended. If you want closer to nature and culture, then Ubud is a perfect place.

If you are traveling with friends and family and you want some sort of privacy, then I recommend staying in a villa just like what we did. We stayed in the Seminyak area since we want closer to the beach and the eat street. Recommended villas in Bali.

Glamping Tents
If you want an exclusive stay in the green fields of Bali away from the busy district, then Sadat Glamping Tents might be the right fit for you. It's a boutique hotel that offers exclusive hospitality in the middle of the rice fields making it a very charming place. Check rates and availability.

Budget Accommodation (Less than Php1,000 / US$20)
  1. Zen Rooms - use our ESCAPEMANILA voucher code to get a 20% discount on your hotel bookings with Zen Rooms.
  2. Bulan Bali Homestay
  3. Umah Dajane Guest House
  4. Pangkung Sari Ubud
  5. Kailash Bali
Mid-Range Accommodation (Less than Php 4,000 / US$80)
  1. Nur Guest House
  2. Taman Rahasia Tropical Sanctuary & Spa
  3. Tevana Seminyak
  4. Tebesaya Cottage
Luxury Hotels & Resorts
  1. INAYA Putri Bali
  2. Grand Hyatt Bali
  3. The Ritz-Carlton Bali
  4. Mulia Resort Nusa Dua
  5. The St, Regis Bali Resort
Where to Eat in Bali?
Finding a good restaurant to eat in Bali is relatively easy. There are literally hundreds of restaurants in this popular tourist destination in Asia. From local Balinese cuisines, to European, American, and Mediterranean, Bali has something to offer to satisfy your gastronomic cravings. Here's our list of Must-Try Restaurants in Bali.

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