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Are you not sure what to do in Bali? Then luckily for you, I have made a guide with some of my most favorite things to do in this amazing and zen tropical paradise. You can do anything from surfing to volcano trekking and even eat acai bowls for every meal if you wanted to. Bali is the place to go if you want to find the world's best beaches, the infamous jungle swing, pet monkeys, and dine into Southeast Asia's best vegan restaurant scene. This was my 2nd time going to Bali and it only gets better every time I go!
I spontaneously came to Bali alone. Yup. I woke up not knowing that I would be flying to Bali that day. I was going through my phase of "I hate Singapore and need to go" so that's why I decided to buy my flights and accommodation so last minute. I talk about it more in detail in my vlog if you want to go watch that.
I have compiled a list of things that you must do during your stay in Bali, Indonesia.
1. Swing in the Jungle
This is for the adventure and adrenaline junkies that wants to experience what swinging from a high cliff in the jungle with treetops below as you swing super high up the air. I'm not going to lie, I was shaking in fear prior to this but glad that I sat down (or rather swing down) and did it! In my vlog you can see me reaction on the swing and I was just laughing and feeling like I am on top of the world! Remember when our favorite instagrammers (@gypsea_lust) and (@taramilktea) posted the most epic photos from this swing and the whole internet went wild? well at least I did... ok, irrelevant After doing some research I found the spot that I think they took the photo from. I'm saying I think because this isn't the only place to swing in Bali so they could have gone to a different spot. But if you are interested in the location in getting there then click here for the google maps address. It's about -30 USD which is hella expensive but to me, it was a memory that I'll cherish forever so it is definitley worth it.
2. Watch the Sunrise at Tegalalang Rice Fields
This is the best time of day to come and trek these enchanting fields because it's before it is saturated with tourists and the misty light rays peaking through palm trees is a rare sight not often seen by the tourists. I wasn't sure what time to wake up so I woke at at 4:30 am to be safe. To be honest I didn't really see the part of the sunrise that I wanted to see until about 7:30 or 8 so it's unnecessary in my opinion to be up that early especially since the sunrise lasts for a couple of hours. I filmed a time lapse in the beginning of one of my vlogs and even though it was a long period of time that was filmed, not much changed with the lighting. I hired a driver to take me here and he even offered to trek with my and take my photos! It turns out that on the side he does photography as a hobby and he obviously knows really well what he's doing. Just look at those camera angles! This a must if you're in Bali and honestly the best part about my stay here.
3. Try the Exotic Fruits
My personal favorites are dragonfruit, ape bananas, mangosteen, and mangoes! Especially mangosteen. There's honestly nothing like it but it is delicious af. I love to snack on dragonfruit whilst chilling by the pool. Cut it in half and eat it with a spoon! The best places to get these fresh produce is at a local fruit stand just on the side of the road.
4. Get Vegan Ice Cream at Mad Pops Bali
The infamous vegan ice cream and classic "Ice Ice Baby" sign is worth the long line. Just trust me. Also their flavors are so close to the real thing that no wonder non-vegans like this place more than real ice cream! You can find this cute ice cream parlor amongst the streets of Seminyak.
5. Stay in a Villa with a Pool
If you can pick one place in the world to stay in a cute jungle villa then Bali is the place. How amazing it is to wake up to a beautiful jungle oasis every morning in a private villa eating breakfast overlooking the view and then have a pool to yourself?! #blessed For those of your wondering I stayed at the Gayatri Villa Resort in Ubud.
6. Watch the Sunset at Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu itself during the day is breathtaking and a place that you won't want to miss during your stay in Bali. But this place is even 100x more magical in the evening because of the colorful sunsets. This is the best spot to watch it in all of Bali. Just beware of the monkeys!!! I actually vlogged about getting attacked by a monkey and he ran away with my shoe!!!!! There were even teeth marks! Yikes! I would go back again but maybe next time not alone because I was so scared that I hitchhiked (with some really nice people) back to Seminyak and then got an uber to my resort. But besides those things, it was a memorable time and I would totally go again if I were given the chance again.
7. Go Healthy Cafe Hopping
Bali's vegan and healthy food scene is insane. After going to Moksa Restaurant literally for 4 days in a row (to the point that the staff would sit and dine with me) I decided to take the trip out to try Spicy Coconut and wowww I was in literal healthy vegan heaven! I was eating ice cream, tacos, pizza, burgers, hot coco, cake, brownies, smoothies, vegan bbq ribs and it was all healthy! Brb I'm moving to Bali.
8. Indulge in a Romantic Flower Bath
Sometimes a girl has gotta treat herself right? If your hotel/resort/villa has a bathtub, chances are that you can book some sort of spa bath with flower petals like the Gayatri Villa Resort did for me. And best of all that is was allllll for meeee! I smelled like flowers the entire day and I wasn't mad at all.
9. Have a Smoothie Bowl at the Kamandulu Resort
If you're like me that has a weird obsession with eating and photographing cute food then these smoothie bowls are worth coming to this resort for. I wanted to stay here so bad but my bank account said no. But no one said that I can't visit and explore this astonishing resort! The restaurant is free for anyone to come and it has truly amazing views.
10. Drink Bali Coffee
If you haven't yet tried Luwak coffee (read my blog post from the last time I was in Bali to find out my opinion about it), then at least try some local Balinese coffee that you can find basically at any cafe! Literally the best and I seriously mean this when I say this but THE BEST COFFEE I have ever had in my ENTIRE life. Yup.
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