The excitement rushing through your body as a first time traveler to Bali is beyond exciting. I arrived at nighttime though and couldn’t see much of the surroundings as it was dark already. Bali is filled with endless winding roads with dozens of shops from Legian to Ubud. From Kmart convenience stores to small stores selling typical touristy stuff like Bali branded clothing and a variety of Rattan bags. These are some awesome things that you must do in Bali. There’s so much more to do and I have to go back to Bali soon.
Legian is great for street shopping. There are hundreds of shops where you can purchase personalized items and Bali branded items that would make great souvenirs for friends and family or just for yourself. Some cool things I liked are listed below:
Wooden personalized key rings – You can find these on just about every corner and they engrave your name or anything else on the keyring. They have a variety of designs to choose from.
Home Arts and Crafts – There are so many unique things that I saw while walking around on the streets in Bali. Some people are really creative and created beautiful crafts that would be perfect decor for your home. From bar signs to wine bottle holders. It takes some time to find these things as you have to do a bit of walking, but the walking trip is totally worth it.
Bags bags bags – Bali has beautiful authentic handmade bags called Rattan bags. These bags have taken the world by storm and you can buy just about everywhere these days. Apart from these bags, you can buy some designer bags (not the original of course) and travel suitcases.
Poppies Restaurant – I had lunch at this restaurant and it has amazing reviews and ratings on Trip Advisor and I was not disappointed. The restaurant has a tranquil garden setting with ample seating space. I had a snapper fish and salad and it tasted amazing. I enjoyed this meal with an ice-cold Apple Bali cider.
Where to Stay
Dewi Sri Hotel – This is a great hotel to stay at. It has all the basic amenities you would need to enjoy your holiday in Bali. It has a medium-sized swimming pool and ample sun loungers where you can enjoy your cocktail from the pool bar. They also have a great variety at the breakfast buffet. If you feel like lazy around in your room you can order room service from their menu of local and western food. You can also book a great spa massage in their outdoor massage area.
Where to Stay
Harris Hotel – If you are looking for comfortable basic accommodation that offers simple amenities and a modern design, then this hotel is for you. Nothing too fancy but it has a swimming pool bar, restaurant and large variety at the breakfast buffet (very important to me lol).
Motel Mexicola – One of the best places to visit in Seminyak. Not only is it a restaurant by day but it turns into a night club at night and it is absolutely awesome! They have a wide variety of cocktails and Mexican themed food. This place is popular for bridal parties too. They have an interesting Mexican shrine with photo’s and candles on display just as you enter through the main entrance.
Sea Circus – Delicious Mexican food and drinks from taco’s to different flavored margaritas. Their fish tacos are out of this world. If you are looking for delicious Mexican food, head on over to Sea Circus. They have a colorful variety of ice cream too.
Wacko Burger Cafe – A true gem in the heart of Seminyak. I was warned that beef in Bali doesn’t actually taste like beef and a Burger is probably the last thing you should order. Well low and behold, we stumbled across this place and were out disappointed. They have a wide variety of delicious beefy burgers, one of the best I have tasted.
Sacred Monkey Forest – A Widely popular tourist attraction in Ubud. There are hundreds of monkeys roaming around and it its very interesting to see. For a few bucks you can take a picture with the monkeys too.
Ubud Rice Fields – A must do as part of your trip to Ubud. This place is perfect for taking beautiful Instagram pics and also its just so amazing to take in the breathe taking scenery. You can actually workers busy picking and planting rice in these fields. This is also where you find the birds nests and swing over the rice fields if you are brave enough. There are many vendors selling hand made goods as well. You can also take a picture wearing a traditional rice hat and carrying rice baskets.
Goa Gajah Temple – One of the many temples you can visit in Ubud. Before you enter the temple make sure you are dressed appropriately with your legs and arms covered. If you are not wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs you can purchase a sarong or scarves outside the temple area. This temple is very well-known for the elephant cave, its super dark in there though. There are plenty of other sites to see at the temple though, and many water features.
Safety Tips When Traveling in Bali
Bali is a small slice of paradise frequently traveled by tourists from all over the world. Bali is also generally safe as more and more solo female travelers flock to the Island in Indonesia. As with any other place you travel to, use common sense.
- Withdraw money from the Bank ATMs only
- Keep your valuables in a front carry pouch/ bag
- Beware of the monkeys
- Avoid drinking tap water
There is so much more to be explored in Bali. Comment below with some of your favorite places you visited in Bali.