23 Jun Travelling to Bali: the 6 things you have to do
It’s an island full to the brim with adventure and tranquillity in equal measure. When you’re in Bali, there’s such an abundance to experience and see you might be feeling overwhelmed. Fear not – here are six of the things you have to do during your travels.
Visit some old Balinese villages
For an authentic insight into the lives of the Balinese, consider touring through and visiting some villages. They’re usually a way out from the busier districts of the island, but they’re worth the trip – you’ll get to experience a principal of balance where nature and mankind meet in the middle.
Houses are made of thatched roofs and mud walls, and you’ll learn the communities have a hierarchal system with the village headmen getting utmost respect from everyone else. Staying in a Balinese village offers you the opportunity to learn about the local way of life as well as gaining an insight into cooking, religion and other cultural practices.
Tour the temples
If you truly want to witness the culture and history of Bali first hand, this is the way to do it. Some of these temples are not individually open to the public, but touring them with a knowledgeable local will give you access. It’s an incredibly unique way to understand Balinese life today and how history shaped it, as well as getting some insight into Balinese Hinduism and the spiritual side of things. Start with these recommended temples and expect be taken back in time with the ancient architecture that still boasts intricate detail and magnificent design to this day.
Immerse yourself in the bustle of Kuta
You might think of Bali as a wholly tranquil and quiet location, but Kuta will prove you wrong. It’s the tourist hotspot on the island, a bustling district full of bars, restaurants and a massive beach to match. According to 1Cover, it’s the place where tourists gravitate to, so if you’re looking to head further off the beaten track then it’s advised to give the centre of Kuta a miss – but for a Bali holiday with a touch of energy and excitement, look no further.
That’s not to say that it is all fun and games, though. Take a tour of the district’s northern region to escape the noise of the main areas, and see some World Heritage sites such as Tanah Lot and Ubud whilst you’re at it.
Trek through the rice terraces
Visiting Bali’s rice terraces has become an increasingly popular activity with tourists, and it’s easy to see why. Usually located high up in the Balinese mountains, these fields offer incredible sights alongside an authentic look into a part of the culture.
Rice is actually an important part of Balinese life, it itself having three names – padi when it’s still growing, beras once in the sack and nasi when it’s cooked. Did you know that there’s even a Goddess of rice, Dewi Sri? You can see shrines to the Goddess in every terrace, and you may even get the chance to farm alongside the locals. Be warned, though – it isn’t easy.
Take a cooking class
You may think the last thing you want to do on holiday is cook. That is until you try a Balinese cooking class, many of which are open to anyone regardless of your skill level. It’s a uniquely interesting way to immerse yourself in the Balinese culture, as well as getting to taste the very best of Indonesian food which you’ll then be able to make once you’re back home.
You’ll find that the people you meet in a class may become good friends, too – and who wouldn’t want to learn how to cook Bali’s best dishes themselves?
Treat yourself to luxurious accommodation
There’s no doubt that Bali has some of the finest places to stay in the entire world. The choices are incredibly diverse too – do you want to stay on a safari lodge with zebras, elephants and rhinos, or does a treehouse sound more like you?
Wherever you decide to stay on the island, rest assured you’ll be surrounded by blissful landscapes complete with lush greenery and ocean views. Depending on how luxurious you’re wanting to go, you could get yourself a private villa complete with an infinity pool that spills over into the sea. Treat yourself – as if Bali hasn’t already done so for you.
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